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Born: 1972

Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Education: Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Maryland

Occupation: Neuroecologist

Expeditions: Caves in China, Mexico, Ecuador, USA

Favorite Place to Be: Galloping through an open field and cave diving in a clear spring

Best Discoveries: That some cavefishes have teeth on their backs to detect water flow and that alligators have dots on their faces to deter water ripples 

Favorite Items in the Field: A camera, so as to photograph everything

Personal Heroes: Eugenie Clark, the shark lady

Hobbies: Horses and art

Website: http://soares.squarespace.com/

Advice: Dive to dive another day.