In a field as broad as ecology defining your area(s) of expertise or specialization can be challenging. In my early career I have been developing skills in population and landscape ecology, particularly demographic and species distribution modeling. Indeed, my main research focus is to understand the effects of man-made environmental disturbances on population dynamics and distribution of native species in the tropics. More specifically, I have been studying how proximity to roads influences the demography and expansion of leaf-cutter ant populations across the Brazilian Cerrado savannas. I am also interested in plant demography and experimental manipulations related to plant-herbivore interactions and insect behavior and, to a lesser extent, in the repercussions of payment for ecosystem services schemes for low-carbon ecosystems. However, I am always open to learn new topics, techniques and tools that would contribute to more collaborative experiences and thereby expand my goals as an ecologist.