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Enviromental and landscape influences on functional diversity of mammals in the Atlantic Forest

Grant number: 14/23095-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2015
Effective date (End): June 18, 2015
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology
Principal Investigator:Mauro Galetti Rodrigues
Grantee:Gabrielle Cristina Beca
Supervisor: Carlos Augusto da Silva Peres
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of East Anglia (UEA), England  
Associated to the scholarship:13/21939-3 - Functional diversity of mammals of medium and large size in landscapes fragmented of the Atlantic Forest, BP.MS


The loss and fragmentation of habitat processes are identified as threats to biodiversity, especially in landscapes with long history of human occupation, driving many species to extinction and affecting the ecosystem functions. Measures to establish links between biodiversity and ecological functions that species play have been used for the indication of priority areas for conservation. Studies suggest the existence of ecological thresholds, below which the local species richness and abundance are not able to afford. However, little is known how this threshold may affect the functional diversity, especially in groups like mammals that play an important role in different ecological processes. This study aims to spend four months at the laboratory of Dr. Carlos A. Peres at University of East Anglia, UK in order to (1) organize and analyze a dataset on studies on camera traps, (2) understand the contribution of landscape metrics and environmental variables on the functional diversity of medium and large sized mammals within fragmented landscapes in the Atlantic forest, and (3) know which model best explain the variation in functional diversity of mammals of medium and large sized, considering landscape metrics and environmental variables. This study will contribute to the knowledge that can basis for better definitions about experimental studies on patterns of functional diversity of medium and large sized mammals and fragmentation in tropical environments, considering the most widely used method of detecting them, the use of camera traps combined with the search for traces. These results, combined with my main Master´s project, might support conservation strategies, considering mammals of medium and large sized as allies in future projects related. (AU)

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(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)
BECA, GABRIELLE; VANCINE, MAURICIO H.; CARVALHO, CAROLINA S.; PEDROSA, FELIPE; ALVES, RAFAEL SOUZA C.; BUSCARIOL, DAIANE; PERES, CARLOS A.; RIBEIRO, MILTON CEZAR; GALETTI, MAURO. High mammal species turnover in forest patches immersed in biofuel plantations. Biological Conservation, v. 210, n. A, p. 352-359, . (15/18381-6, 14/01986-0, 14/23095-0, 13/50421-2, 14/01029-5)
MENDES, CALEBE P.; CARREIRA, DAIANE; PEDROSA, FELIPE; BECA, GABRIELLE; LAUTENSCHLAGER, LAIS; AKKAWI, PAULA; BERCE, WILLIAM; FERRAZ, KATIA M. P. M. B.; GALETTI, MAURO. Landscape of human fear in Neotropical rainforest mammals. Biological Conservation, v. 241, . (15/18381-6, 15/22844-1, 14/01986-0, 14/09300-0, 14/23095-0)
NAGY-REIS, MARIANA; OSHIMA, JULIA EMI DE FARIA; KANDA, CLAUDIA ZUKERAN; PALMEIRA, FRANCESCA BELEM LOPES; DE MELO, FABIANO RODRIGUES; MORATO, RONALDO GONCALVES; BONJORNE, LILIAN; MAGIOLI, MARCELO; LEUCHTENBERGER, CAROLINE; ROHE, FABIO; et al. NEOTROPICAL CARNIVORES: a data set on carnivore distribution in the Neotropics. ECOLOGY, v. 101, n. 11, . (14/01986-0, 12/14245-2, 10/05343-5, 13/50421-2, 06/04878-7, 17/21816-0, 05/00405-4, 13/24453-4, 15/22844-1, 13/07162-6, 15/19439-8, 16/11595-3, 19/04851-1, 15/18381-6, 13/04957-8, 14/23095-0, 14/09300-0, 11/06782-5, 15/17739-4, 11/22449-4, 14/23132-2, 14/10192-7, 12/00534-2, 14/14925-9)

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