M.Sc. in 2011 with Tânia Castellani (UFSC)
The aim of Rodrigo's doctoral research is to promote the conservation of primates of the sister genera Mico and Callibella, very poorly known group and threatened by habitat degradation in the southern portion of the Amazon basin. To achieve these goals, Rodrigo is revising the taxonomy of the group - by analysing molecular and morphological characters - and defining the geographical distribution of individual species. Rodrigo is also investigating the morphological evolution in the group, and testing biogeographic hypotheses that explain patterns and processes of diversification of this group. With this information, Rodrigo aims to propose conservation strategies and delimit priority areas for conservation. Rodrigo is doing his Ph.D. in the Ecology program of INPA.