I obtained my PhD in Conservation Biology at the University of New Orleans in 2012. Up to this point my research has focused on the systematics of neotropical butterflies in the family Nymphalidae and on the higher level relationships in Neuroptera. However in general, I am interested in the evolution of unique and particular life history traits. Taxa with captivating life history that lack phylogenetic hypothesis typically lure me. I am also interested in the biogeography of highly diverse biota such as the Amazon. I am committed to spreading knowledge on systematics and propagating my passion for phylogenies and for natural classifications, it is this endeavor, the purpose of my career. Some of my other [non-professional] interests include baseball, music, microbrewery and the history of science.