Ana Bottallo is a Brazilian biologist interested in the origin and evolution of squamate reptiles. She obtained her BSc in Biology at the State University of Sao Paulo and her MSc in Zoology at the University of Sao Paulo in 2016. Ana is currently developing her PhD thesis entitled “Origin and Evolution of Elapidae snakes with a special reference to the fossil record” at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, France. Her research focus are Paleontology, Herpetology and Systematics and her main interests are the origin and evolution of snakes. Ana is also an enthusiast of scientific communication and scientific journalism, and is the Editor-in-Chief to a scientific communication website called “Projeto Filos”, which attempts to make evolution and systematics knowledge available to the main public.
The elapid snakes are one of the families of “true venomous snakes”, and encompass cobras (and their relatives), coral snakes, kraits and sea snakes. Given their highly venomous condition, elapid snakes worldwide are facing population losses due to forest and ocean degradation and to the fear many of the human populations towards them, which puts them in danger. Understanding their evolutionary history and trajectory is of great value to the scientific knowledge and will aid in the construction of conservation efforts and to environmental education. Learn more about Ana’s research here.