Isabela interest in butterflies began in 2011 and since then she worked in different Brazilian biomes, including Cerrado, Atlantic Forest, Caatinga and Amazon. During her master's degree in Ecology at UFRN, she investigated the structure of fruit-feeding butterflies assemblages in an urban landscape. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at INPA. Her project is focused on phylogeography, morphological traits and the diversification of widely distributed butterflies, as well as on ecological process, as how the flood pulse of the Amazonian rivers influence the structuring of butterfly communities. She is co-advised by Dra. Fernanda Werneck.