My Journey

Feb 1985

Born

in lovely Campinas, Brazil

Feb 1992

Started learning German

As a second language, part of the German school curriculum

1999

Discovered CSS, iRC, setup first email account

Started building Geocities pages using Windows Notepad

Jan-Jul 2001

High School Exchange Program

In beautiful Bayreuth, Germany

Dec 2002

Graduated High School

Colégio Rio Branco, Campinas, Brazil

Feb 2004

Started College

Internships

Ecology of Butterflies, Genetics and Evolution of Flies, Legume Taxonomy and Systematics

Dec 2007

Bachelor of Science

Biology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil, funded by FAPESP

Jun 2008

Started Grad School

Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Started experimenting with formal programming

Python, SQL, VBA, JavaScript, LaTeX

Learned about Darwin Core and Cybertaxonomy

Built the first version of my personal taxonomic database with MS Access and VBA, and tried porting to SQL, began searching ways to automate repetitive tasks in taxonomy

Oct 2010

Master of Science

Zoology, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, funded by FAPESP

Dec 2010

Scientific Journalism Specialist

Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil

Feb 2011

Started Doctoral Studies

Zoology, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, funded by CNPq

Apr 2013 - May 2014

Scholar Exchange Program

Visiting Scholar at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, USA, funded by CAPES

May 2015

Doctor of Science

Zoology, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, funded by CNPq

Aug 2015

Launched Fina Paca

My brand of handcrafted items

Feb 2016

Started experimenting with Web Development

Ruby, Rails, Django, Bootstrap, Foundation, WordPress, PHP

Mar 2016

Started freelancing as a Scientific Translator

for American Journal Experts, portuguese-english

Oct 2016 - Jan 2017

Research Technician, Specimen Digitizer

SiBBr Project, Museu da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, funded by CNPq

Nov 2016

Started freelancing as a Front-End Web Developer

Partnered with designers to transform pretty ideas into functional websites

Feb 2017 - Feb 2018

Research Technician, Supervisor

SiBBr Project, Museu da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, funded by CNPq

Mar 2017 - current

Started co-advising my first grad student

with beetle morphology, Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Ponta Grossa, brazil, student funded by CAPES

Nov 2017

Volunteered at Django Girls SP

as a trainer and helped women of all backgrounds code and deploy their first app!

Apr 2018 - Feb 2019

Research Associate, Information Specialist

Biodiversity Informatics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, US

Feb 2019 - current

Bioinformatician, Database Analyst

Arizona State University