I obtained my PhD in Conservation Biology at the University of New Orleans in 2012, and currently work as a postdoctoral research associate for Shaun Winterton at CDFA. Up to this point my research has focused on the systematics of neotropical butterflies in the family Nymphalidae. 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.