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Macrobenthic communities of soft-bottom sediments at Araçá bay, Northern coast of São Paulo

Grant number: 11/10130-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2011
Effective date (End): February 29, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems Ecology
Principal Investigator:Antonia Cecília Zacagnini Amaral
Grantee:Guilherme Nascimento Corte
Host Institution: Instituto de Biologia (IB). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/50317-5 - Biodiversity and functioning of a subtropical coastal ecosystem: a contribution to integrated management, AP.BTA.TEM


On beaches, the interactions between physical factors, especially sediment grain size, wave action and tidal regime, are primarily responsible for the distribution and structure of organisms and their establishment in certain habitats. Due to the dynamic nature of the environment they live in, the communities of benthic invertebrates undergo changes in the temporal and spatial scales, and quantitative description and observation of these changes is fundamental in the scientific process and a prerequisite for the implementation of integrated management programs. In this sense, this project aims to describe and quantify the associations and communities of macrofauna that inhabit unconsolidated substrate of intertidal region of bay Araçá, located in the central part of the São Sebastião Channel, North Coast of São Paulo, proposing to characterize the biodiversity of the region, discriminate the dominant and characteristics species of each area within the bay and discuss how they relate to environmental factors. Sampling will be conducted every three months, from August 2011 to August 2013, during the low tide. In the bay, will be established 34 sampling stations covering the whole region, from where will be taken samples for analysis of macrofauna and abiotic factors. Species richness (S), abundance (A), Shannon-Wiener diversity index (H) and Pielou evenness index (J) will be considered for the analysis of macrofauna. Similarity matrices will be formed and cluster and ordination analysis will be performed using UPGMA algorithm and multidimensional scaling (MDS), respectively. Relations between invertebrate abundance and environmental parameters will also be investigated.

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Scientific publications (5)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
CORTE, GUILHERME N.; SCHLACHER, THOMAS A.; CHECON, HELIO H.; BARBOZA, CARLOS A. M.; SIEGLE, EDUARDO; COELMAN, ROSS A.; AMARAL, ANTONIA CECILIA Z.. Storm effects on intertidal invertebrates: increased beta diversity of few individuals and species. PeerJ, v. 5, . (11/10130-3, 16/10810-8, 11/50317-5)
GORMAN, DANIEL; CORTE, GUILHERME; CHECON, HELIO HERMINIO; AMARAL, A. CECILIA Z.; TURRA, ALEXANDER. Optimizing coastal and marine spatial planning through the use of high-resolution benthic sensitivity models. ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS, v. 82, p. 23-31, . (16/10810-8, 11/50317-5, 11/10130-3)
CORTE, GUILHERME N.; GONCALVES-SOUZA, THIAGO; CHECON, HELIO H.; SIEGLE, EDUARDO; COLEMAN, ROSS A.; AMARAL, A. CECILIA Z.. When time affects space: Dispersal ability and extreme weather events determine metacommunity organization in marine sediments. MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, v. 136, p. 139-152, . (11/10130-3, 11/50317-5, 16/10810-8, 17/17071-9)
CHECON, HELIO HERMINIO; CORTE, GUILHERME NASCIMENTO; SILVA, CAMILA FERNANDA; SCHAEFFER-NOVELLI, YARA; AMARAL, ANTONIA CECILIA Z.. Mangrove vegetation decreases density but does not affect species richness and trophic structure of intertidal polychaete assemblages. Hydrobiologia, v. 795, n. 1, p. 169-179, . (11/10130-3, 16/10810-8, 11/50317-5)
CORTE, GUILHERME NASCIMENTO; CHECON, HELIO H.; FONSECA, GUSTAVO; VIEIRA, DANILO CANDIDO; GALLUCCI, FABIANE; DI DOMENICO, MAIKON; AMARAL, A. CECILIA Z.. Cross-taxon congruence in benthic communities: Searching for surrogates in marine sediments. ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS, v. 78, p. 173-182, . (11/10130-3, 16/10810-8, 11/50317-5)
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
CORTE, Guilherme Nascimento. Soft-bottom benthic fauna of Araçá Bay, northern coast of São Paulo. 2016. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Biologia Campinas, SP.

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