Mauricio is a PhD candidate at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul and works in the Systematic Vertebrate Lab (PUCRS) in Brazil. In addition, he is a research associate of the Grupo Herpetológico de Antioquia in Colombia. His research interests are focused on biodiversity, evolution and systematics of Neotropical amphibians and their direct connection with conservation biology. More specifically, his aims are to integrate a molecular perspective, morphological and behavioural evidence to address goals such as: Proposing evolutionary scenarios of the relationships between species, evaluating different operational criteria for establishing species boundaries, describing aspects of natural history that will assist in understanding different evolutionary attributes, and understanding patterns of species distribution as a mechanism of speciation.
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