Understanding the world with Science

I am a biologist and primatologist with a master's and Doctoral degree in animal behavior. I am also a National Geographic Explorer. I am interested in the evolution of primate behavior, tool use, and cultural evolution. My main research topics are primate tool use, behavioral variation, and social learning.

I have studied wild capuchins for 16 years and have experience planning, organizing, and conducting projects of several sizes, from one-man projects to 20-person field expeditions. I have extensive experience in fieldwork, being used to do the logistics of those trips and project management.

My research includes collecting, organizing, and analyzing several data types, such as behavioral, biological, and archeological. I always present the results of such research in an accessible way to my peers and general audience. I have been presenting the results of my work both in academic conferences and journals and to newspapers, magazines, TV shows, and social media. 

My colleagues and I also founded an NGO, the Neotropical Primates Research Group (Neoprego), to help organize and maintain long-term field research on neotropical primates.

Although I have an academic background, my work trajectory allowed me to learn several skills that are also valuable to non-academic jobs

Current Research Project

The Capuchin Culture project aims to identify and understand the cultural behavior of a neotropical primate, the capuchin monkey. This intelligent and curious monkey presents several behaviors, including tool use, that are similar to our own ancestors, although separated by 40 million years of evolutionary history. That fact makes the capuchins an interesting alternative model to understand human evolution.

The project has an excellent team of international researchers from different areas of expertise. Primatologists, geneticists, archaeologists, botanists, and biologists are working together to understand why capuchin monkey populations behave so differently, albeit living in similar environments.

With the current support of the National Geographic Society and John Templeton Foundation, the project is based at Neotropical Primates Research Group, Brazil. The project had previous support from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

Professional Experience

Neotropical Primates Research Group (Neoprego), Brazil (2017 - current)


President (2023-current)

Treasurer (2017-2022)

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany (2023 - current)

Guest researcher at the Technological Primates Research Group 

Brazilian Primatological Society, Brazil (2020 - current)

Treasurer (2023-2024)

Communication Task Force member (2020-Current)

School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, University of São Paulo, Brazil (2019 - 2023)

Young Investigator Researcher

Institute of Psychology, University of São Paulo, Brazil (2013-2017)

Postdoc researcher

School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, UK (2015)

Postdoc researcher


Doctor in Science (Animal Behavior)

Master in Experimental Psychology (Animal Behavior)

Bacharel in Biological Sciences