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Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador

Curator of Invertebrates, Te Papa Tongarewa

I am a biologist and paleontologist and my main research interest is terrestrial gastropods – the land snails. I am interested in describing the world’s land snails and in understanding their evolutionary relationships, fossil record, and biogeographic history. Thus, I work with both fossil and living animals, in the areas of taxonomy /systematics, paleoecology and biogeography; and my work with recent animals is often relevant for conservation efforts.

I firmly believe that one of researchers’ main goals is (or should be) to transmit science to the public, so I’m often involved in science communication and outreach. My other interests span ornithology, archaeology (especially Egyptology), mythology, and general geek culture.


  • 2019–present
    Curator of Invertebrates, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa


  • 2016 
    University of Tübingen, Germany, PhD in Paleontology
  • 2011 
    University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Master in Zoology
  • 2010 
    University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Licentiate in Biological Sciences
  • 2009 
    University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Bachelor in Biological Sciences