Graduated in Biological Sciences from the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul - PUCRS (2004) and master's degree in Animal Biology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS (2007). Currently is a fellow CNPq - PhD in Zoology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. Held doctoral internship, Sandwich, at Bangor University, Wales (2014). Has experience in Aquatic Ecology with emphasis on invertebrates, fishes and models of spatial distribution. Uses the R statistical programming environment for data analysis.