People and friends

Some cool people I have encountered along my path in biology, and have been a great source of inspiration!

Dr. Giovanni Onore. Photo: Carolina Proaño

During my second year as a Biology student (2004), I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Giovanni Onore, who was my professor for the Invertebrate Zoology class. After a few weeks, I became one of the many students who would arrive early to grab one of the seats at the front. Dr. Onore's vivid tales and fascinating stories about every group of insects captivated me and drew me into the fascinating world of entomology.

Aside from inspiring several generations of entomologists, and founding the biggest insect collection in the country, he has contributed immensely to the conservation of Ecuadorian forests. To learn more about his life and work, please visit

One of my first expeditions was with my friend and mentor on all things ants, Dr. David Donoso (first from the left). Bosque Cerro Blanco, Ecuador. (2007

Doing fieldwork with friends from the Entomology Lab at Universidad Católica. Reserva Canandé, Ecuador (2008) 

I was honored to meet Edward O. Wilson, a legend among myrmecologists! Ecuador (2011

Yes, I am an Ant Course alumnus! Villa Carmen, Peru (2013

Advanced Mosquito Identification Course, Florida Medical Entomology Lab (FMEL). Vero Beach, Fl (2016).

With colleagues from the Terrestrial Zoology Lab (Universidad San Franscisco de Quito) collecting at Reserva Los Cedros, Ecuador (2019) 

The awesome crew from the Ecological Neuroscience Group at Macquarie University, led by Professor Ajay Narendra (top). Sydney, NSW (2023). 


Some pics from my time as a lecturer at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. A remarkable place to teach and do science! 

Introductory Biology field trip, here students had to set up dung-baited pitfall traps. Always an interesting sensory experience. Otongachi, Ecuador (2017). 

Field trip to Mindo (ECU) to learn about insect-collection techniques. Ecuador (2019).

These guys had lots of fun identifying maggots during the Forensic Entomology practical sessions. USFQ, Ecuador (2019

I was lucky not to lose a couple of students to hypothermia during this field trip to the Ecuadorian highlands. Papallacta, Ecuador (2022)