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Entering the phylogenomic era (BEPE phase): advances in tropidurine systematics must unveil the origins of a complex South American lizard radiation

Grant number: 17/20235-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2018
Effective date (End): February 28, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal Investigator:Miguel Trefaut Urbano Rodrigues
Grantee:André Luiz Gomes de Carvalho
Supervisor: Matthew Kenji Fujita
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:16/08249-6 - Entering the phylogenomic era: advances in Tropidurine systematics must unveil the origins of a complex South American lizard radiation, BP.PD


In the post-doctoral project submitted to FAPESP, we stated that our goal was to examine for the first time, in a continental scale, the identity, origin, and biogeographic history of one of the most diverse South American lizard radiations: the tropidurines. To do so, we need to take advantage of advanced sequencing techniques (next generation sequencing, NGS) and truly comprehensive data sets. The BEPE internship will allow the Co-PI to go towards these scientific and practical goals. That is why we listed in the original post-doctoral proposal to FAPESP the BEPE program as a necessary resource to be requested next. Overall, we aim to (1) produce a monophyletic classification of tropidurines; (2) elucidate and describe taxonomic diversity in this group; and (3) investigate its biogeographic and diversification history. Throughout the BEPE internship, most efforts will be concentrated on learning and execution of NGS methods and bioinformatics tools for analysis of large multi-locus and genomic-level data sets. More specifically, we expect to (i) have access to advanced technological resources, molecular lab, and bioinformatics training at the University of Texas at Arlington, (ii) produce massive amounts of DNA sequence data, (iii) learn and develop analytical methods in phylogenomics and biogeography, (iv) produce high-impact peer reviewed publications, (v) collect morphological data of specimens deposited in US institutions, and (vi) establish international collaborations with scientists who are leading the fields of phylogenomics, bioinformatics, genome evolution, and biogeography. (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)
CARVALHO, A. N. D. R. E. L. G.; LASPIUR, A. L. E. J. A. N. D. R. O.; KLACZKO, J. U. L. I. A.; RIVAS, L. U. I. S. R. O. L. A. N. D. O.; RODRIGUES, M. I. G. U. E. L. T. R. E. F. A. U. T.; DE SENA, M. A. R. C. O. A. U. R. E. L. I. O.; CESPEDES, R. I. C. A. R. D. O.. Total evidence phylogenetic analysis of Leiosauridae (Squamata) with focus on the 'para-anoles' and description of a new Urostrophus species from the Bolivian Andes. SYSTEMATICS AND BIODIVERSITY, v. 21, n. 1, p. 47-pg., . (16/08249-6, 11/50146-6, 17/20235-3)
CARVALHO, ANDRE L. G.; JECKEL, ADRIANA M.; NISA, CAROLINA; LUNA, MARIA CELESTE; PIANTONI, CARLA. A novel epidermal gland type in lizards (alpha-gland): structural organization, histochemistry, protein profile and phylogenetic origins. ZOOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY, v. 192, n. 4, p. 1137-1166, . (15/12841-5, 12/10000-5, 16/08249-6, 15/25272-9, 17/20235-3, 16/09999-9)
CARVALHO, ANDRE L. G.. Resolving the obscure identity of Steironotus arenarius Tschudi, 1845 and Tropidurus tschudii Roux, 1907 (Squamata: Tropiduridae). South American Journal of Herpetology, v. 19, n. 1, p. 40-53, . (17/20235-3, 16/08249-6)

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