Entomology & Photography
Sebastián was born in 1983, in Ecuador. He has always been attracted and fascinated by the complex shapes and beautiful colours in which nature is presented, and as a child he spent many hours looking for insects and frogs in the fields and streams near his house in the highlands of the Andes. The passion that these organisms awoke in him, and the necessity to know more about them, made him choose to study biology.
In 2001 he decided to study biology at Universidad del Azuay in Cuenca. During his career he had the opportunity to work in several projects about insects and their relationship with the environment, and he has spent several months collecting butterflies and insects in the jungles of Ecuador. In 2005 he obtained a scholarship to travel to Panama for three months to work as a field assistant in the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. During 2008, he discovered and described a new subspecies of ithomiine butterfly, Hyposcada illinissa tundayme, Padrón 2008.
During the same year he was admitted into the Master of Science program in the University of Florida, for which he obtained a Fulbright Scholarship. His research focuses on Lepidoptera taxonomy and biogeography. In 2010 he complete his Master program.
In 2011, he began his PhD program, for which he obtained a Senescyt Scholarship. His research was on the molecular systematics and biogeography of the genus Catasticta.
In the fall of 2014, he received his Doctoral degree and returned to Ecuador to continue working with insects.