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Influence of ecological and evolutionary processes in structuring amphibian communities at different spatial and temporal scales


A key challenge in ecological research is to integrate data from different scales to evaluate the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that influence current patterns of biological diversity. Previous studies have shown that the climate oscillations of the Quaternary strongly influenced the current species composition of amphibians. However, we do not know how species are distributed in the assemblages in regards to their phylogenetic relatedness and traits (e.g., clustered or even) or how the spatial scale and species pool influence amphibian distribution in this group. Here, I will perform surveys to examine the medium-term effects of ecological and evolutionary processes in* the structure of 14 anuran communities considering different spatial scales. Therefore, I will address four main issues: (i) Temporal replacement in anuran composition over three years, considering different spatial scales, local and regional (ii) If reproductive modes in anurans exhibit phylogenetic signal and how they are distributed in the communities, (iii) How different spatial scales and species pool influence ; phylogenetic patterns of anuran communities, and (iv) If there is an environmental gradient (e.g., rainfall, temperature and topography) that determines the phylogenetic structure of communities of anuran. Thus, I believe that the approach adopted in this project is innovative in that it combines medium-term surveys with different types of data (phylogenetic, phenotypic and environmental space). At the end of this project I hope to contribute with new insights about how evolutionary processes (e.g., convergence or conservation niche), biogeographic (e.g., areas of speciation or extinction of species) and climate contemporaries (e.g., rainfall and temperature) influence the structure of communities amphibians at different spatial and temporal scales. Thus, these results may help in the processes of decision-making on biodiversity conservation of anuran species whereas understanding the different ecological and evolutionary processes that act on different spatial scales provide greater power prediction about which regions or clades will be negatively affected by the possible future climate change. (AU)

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GOUVEIA, SIDNEY F.; BOVO, RAFAEL P.; RUBALCABA, JUAN G.; DA SILVA, FERNANDO RODRIGUES; MACIEL, NATAN M.; ANDRADE, DENIS V.; MARTINEZ, PABLO ARIEL. Biophysical Modeling of Water Economy Can Explain Geographic Gradient of Body Size in Anurans. American Naturalist, v. 193, n. 1, p. 51-58, . (13/50714-0, 14/05624-5, 10/20061-6, 12/07356-2, 13/04190-9, 17/10338-0)
DA SILVA, FERNANDO R.; PROVETE, DIOGO B.; GERASSI, LEYLA K.; BOVO, RAFAEL P.. What do Data from Fieldwork and Scientific Collections Tell us about Species Richness and Composition of Amphibians and Reptiles. South American Journal of Herpetology, v. 12, n. 2, p. 99-106, . (10/20061-6, 13/50714-0, 16/13949-7)
DORNELAS, MARIA; ANTAO, LAURA H.; MOYES, FAYE; BATES, AMANDA E.; MAGURRAN, ANNE E.; ADAM, DUSAN; AKHMETZHANOVA, ASEM A.; APPELTANS, WARD; ARCOS, JOSE MANUEL; ARNOLD, HALEY; et al. BioTIME: A database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, v. 27, n. 7, p. 760-786, . (08/10049-9, 13/50714-0, 13/50718-5, 99/09635-0, 15/06743-0, 15/10714-6)
DA SILVA, FERNANDO R.; ROSSA-FERES, DENISE DE CERQUEIRA. Fragmentation gradients differentially affect the species range distributions of four taxonomic groups in semi-deciduous Atlantic forest. Biotropica, v. 49, n. 3, p. 283-292, . (04/04820-3, 13/50714-0)
DE CASTRO GODINHO, MARCELA BRASIL; DA SILVA, FERNANDO RODRIGUES. The influence of riverine barriers, climate, and topography on the biogeographic regionalization of Amazonian anurans. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 8, . (13/50714-0)
TAVARES, HENRIQUE NASCIMENTO; DA SILVA, FERNANDO RODRIGUES. Species turnover drives the spatial distribution of frog beta diversity in farmland ponds. JOURNAL OF TROPICAL ECOLOGY, v. 35, n. 4, p. 199-202, . (04/12223-5, 13/50714-0)
BOARATTI, ANDRE ZUFFO; DA SILVA, FERNANDO RODRIGUES. Relationships between environmental gradients and geographic variation in the intraspecific body size of three species of frogs (Anura). AUSTRAL ECOLOGY, v. 40, n. 8, p. 869-876, . (12/07356-2, 13/50714-0)
QUEIROZ, CASSIA DE SOUZA; DA SILVA, FERNANDO RODRIGUES; ROSSA-FERES, DENISE DE CERQUEIRA. The relationship between pond habitat depth and functional tadpole diversity in an agricultural landscape. ROYAL SOCIETY OPEN SCIENCE, v. 2, n. 7, . (10/52321-7, 13/50714-0)
CÉLIO F.B. HADDAD; CARLA M. LOPES; C. GUILHERME BECKER; FERNANDO R. DA SILVA; MARIANA L. LYRA. De genes a ecossistemas: uma síntese da pesquisa em biodiversidade de anfíbios no Brasil. Biota Neotropica, v. 22, . (13/50741-7, 16/14054-3, 13/50714-0)
CALPA-ANAGUANO, V, EDNA; GRAHAM, CATHERINE H.; DA SILVA, FERNANDO R.. leistocene climate oscillations and habitat connectivity contributed to avian beta-diversity in the megadiverse Colombian Paramo ecosystem. Journal of Biogeography, v. 48, n. 12, . (13/50714-0)
FERNANDO RODRIGUES DA SILVA; MARIANA LÚCIO LYRA; CÉLIO FERNANDO BAPTISTA HADDAD; DENISE DE CERQUEIRA ROSSA-FERES. Expandindo o conhecimento sobre a ocorrência de anuros na área com maior diversidade de anfíbios da Floresta Atlântica: Parque Estadual da Serra do Mar, São Paulo, Brasil. Biota Neotropica, v. 17, n. 2, . (14/50342-8, 13/50741-7, 13/50714-0)
DA SILVA, FERNANDO RODRIGUES; ALMEIDA-NETO, MARIO; NICOLOSI ARENA, MARIANA VICTORINO. Amphibian Beta Diversity in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest: Contrasting the Roles of Historical Events and Contemporary Conditions at Different Spatial Scales. PLoS One, v. 9, n. 10, . (13/50714-0, 11/22618-0)
GOMES-MELLO, FLAVIA; PROVETE, DIOGO B.; HEINO, JANI; DA SILVA, FERNANDO R.. Frog community composition-environment relationships vary over time: Are snapshot studies of metacommunity dynamics useful?. BASIC AND APPLIED ECOLOGY, v. 56, p. 85-96, . (13/50714-0)
TOSCANA, NAYARA P.; ALECRIM DE FREITAS, NAYARA H.; DE REZENDE, MICHELLE ROBIN C.; PROVETE, DIOGO B.; LYRA, MARIANA; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; ROSSA-FERES, DENISE DE CERQUEIRA; DA SILVA, FERNANDO R.. External Morphology and Internal Oral Features of the Tadpole of Crossodactylus caramaschii (Anura: Hylodidae). Journal of Herpetology, v. 53, n. 4, p. 263-271, . (13/50714-0, 16/07893-9, 14/50342-8, 17/26162-8, 16/13949-7)
DA SILVA, FERNANDO RODRIGUES; BOSCO BREVIGLIERI, CRASSO PAULO. ot only a listener: female frog-biting midges (Corethrellidae) also distinguish the shape of frog. JOURNAL OF TROPICAL ECOLOGY, v. 37, n. 3, p. 157-160, . (13/50714-0)
BENICIO, RONILDO A.; PROVETE, DIOGO B.; LYRA, MARIANA L.; HEINO, JANI; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.; ROSSA-FERES, DENISE DE C.; DA SILVA, FERNANDO R.. Differential speciation rates, colonization time and niche conservatism affect community assembly across adjacent biogeographical regions. Journal of Biogeography, v. 48, n. 9, p. 2211-2225, . (13/50714-0, 15/11821-0, 13/50741-7, 17/26162-8)
SANCHEZ-DOMENE, DAVID; NAVARRO-LOZANO, ALBA; ACAYABA, RAPHAEL; PICHELI, KATIUCE; MONTAGNER, CASSIANA; ROSSA-FERES, DENISE DE CERQUEIRA; DA SILVA, FERNANDO RODRIGUES; DE ALMEIDA, EDUARDO ALVES. Eye malformation baseline in Scinax fuscovarius larvae populations that inhabit agroecosystem ponds in southern Brazil. Amphibia-Reptilia, v. 39, n. 3, p. 325-334, . (13/50714-0)
DA SILVA, FERNANDO R.; PROUETE, DIOGO B.; HAWKINS, BRADFORD A.. Range maps and checklists provide similar estimates of taxonomic and phylogenetic alpha diversity, but less so for beta diversity, of Brazilian Atlantic Forest anurans. NATUREZA & CONSERVAÇÃO, v. 14, n. 2, p. 99-105, . (13/50714-0)
MELCHIOR, LARA G.; ROSSA-FERES, DENISE DE C.; DA SILVA, FERNANDO R.. Evaluating multiple spatial scales to understand the distribution of anuran beta diversity in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, v. 7, n. 7, p. 2403-2413, . (10/52321-7, 13/50714-0)

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