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I learned yesterday that I am one of the 2019 recipients of the American Society of Naturalists Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator Award. I'm both honored and humbled by this award. I will be presenting a research paper in the young investigator symposium at this year's joint ASN, Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society of Systematic Biologists meeting: Evolution 2019, in Providence, RI. I can't wait to meet my other three fellow awardees, thank you ASN!

This wouldn't have been possible without the help, support and dedication of my advisors and mentors: Paulo Guimarães Jr. (MSc), John DeLong (PhD) and Justin Yeakel (Post-doc). It also wouldn't have happened without the patience and dedication of  many colleagues, collaborators and friends, and without the sacrifice of my family, who gave me the best gift you can get, an education. Last, but not least, this wouldn't have ever happened without the unyielding support of my amazing spouse, Marie-Claire Chelini.

It's difficult to believe that it's now been 6 years since the publication of my first paper ever, coincidentally, also in AmNat! 
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Two new papers are coming out now! Both papers are part of my work with Justin Yeakel at UC Merced as a James McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellow in Complex Systems. The first one is in press in Theoretical Ecology and deals with the importance of movement of organisms across landscapes to understand ecological dynamics (a bit of a retrospective work, building upon Levin 74). The second one, explores how eco-evolutionary dynamics may determine important structural aspects of food webs (evolving trophic levels!), and was published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution as an invited contribution to the special issue on Unifying Ecology Across Scales: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities, edited by some of my favorite ecologists: Mary O'Connor, Diego Barneche, Julie Messier, and Angelica Gonzalez. PDFs of both will be available on the publications tab soon. 
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