I am interested in behavioral ecology, mainly animal contests and weaponry evolution. Behavioral ecology requires a multidisciplinary approach to understand nature, and thus, I try to use different methodologies whenever possible to fill in the gaps in our knowledge. That is why I used geometric morphometrics, functional morphology, and behavioral assays in my thesis. This integrative approach allows us to understand a bigger scenario than using a single framework.
The topics I am currently interested are:
- Animal contests: how resource value and fighting costs influence decisions during fights; what fighting ability is; what factors influenced the evolution of the decision-making process.
- Weaponry performance and evolution: how biomechanics influence weapon shape; selective pressures acting on weapons.
- Life history and behavior of decapods.
I frequently use freshwater decapods as models. But I am always open to new ideas and new models.