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To infer frugivory interactions from plant and animal traits

Grant number: 15/23770-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate (Direct)
Effective date (Start): April 20, 2016
Effective date (End): December 19, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Theoretical Ecology
Principal Investigator:Mauro Galetti Rodrigues
Grantee:Laura Carolina Bello Lozano
Supervisor: Otso Ovaskainen
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Helsinki, Finland  
Associated to the scholarship:13/22492-2 - Linking defaunation to carbon storage ecosystem services in Atlantic rainforests, BP.DD


Frugivory is crucial process that shapes the diversity and functionality of tropical ecosystems. Especially the Atlantic forest is a complex tropical forest ecosystem with more than 20,000 species of plants, 261 species of mammals, 688 species of birds, 200 species of reptiles and 280 species of amphibian. In this ecosystem frugivory plays an important role due to that 89% of all woody species are dispersed by animals . However, know all possible plant-frugivore interactions in a megadiverse forest is a huge task that requires significant empirical efforts, and many studies of frugivory networks face the problem of having real unseen interactions. Therefore, our project seeks to develop an accurate statistical methodology that integrates complexity and uncertainty, to predict unseen frugivory interactions based on plants and animals traits for megadiverse communities such as the Atlantic Forest. (AU)

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