I am a biogeographer and botanist, and currently a PhD student of Alexandre Antonelli at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. My primary research interest is in tropical biodiversity, in particular the evolution of South American and African savannas. I integrate molecular phylogenies with information of species distributions and traits, to understand biodiversity over time and space. I am particularly interested in the evolution of palms (Arecaceae) and grasses (Poaceae). My research is mostly based on specimen and trait collection in the field and bioinformatics. In particular, I am involved with the development of methods/software to use “big data” (i.e. next generation molecular sequencing data and large numbers of species occurrence records) in biogeography.