To understand the patterns of biodiversity we must to consider symbiotic interactions and evolution of novelty as they can shape animals from the sea, such as cnidarians to those on earth, like ants.
But what changes these symbioses? How can we explain all this diversity? These are the questions that intrigue me and that I love to study!
My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that impact microbial communities, unraveling the role of ecology, diet, behavior, stage of development, and also phylogeny of the host in these symbiotic interactions. To better understand these mechanisms, I use ants as a study model. In several ant genera, symbiotic interactions with microbial communities have been shown to have profound impacts on the host. But more than that, ants can be found across the globe and have an immense diversity of behaviors and ecology. Also, ants are fascinating!
I recently joined Babonis Lab too! In addition to learning fantastic techniques I want to use my knowledge of genomics and bioinformatics to understand the patterns that drive evolution of novelty in cnidarians.
In addition to focusing on studying the microbiome of ants and evolution of novelty in cnidarians, I also advocate for a more diverse and inclusive scientific community. Quality science is done with a diverse group of scientists with different backgrounds. Being an ally of women in science and parents in science, and others underrepresented groups that seek inclusion in science and scientific dissemination, is a passion that I am very proud and pleased to be part of. I believe that the world can be a better place with science, and with all that power, science should be for EVERYONE!
#WomenInScience #MulheresNaCiencia #ParentsInScience #STEMGirls
Also, follow “Mulheres decifrando a ciência” [Women deciphering science] on social media! This is a scientific outreach page in which, together with other Brazilian biologists and friends, we seek to spread science in a wide and accessible way for all through simplified texts and infographics.