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Integrative taxonomy of two highly polytypic thamnophilids (Aves: Thamnophilidae)

Grant number: 22/13077-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): April 17, 2023
Effective date (End): June 16, 2023
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Taxonomy of Recent Groups
Principal Investigator:Luís Fábio Silveira
Grantee:Rafael Dantas Lima
Supervisor: Robb Brumfield
Host Institution: Museu de Zoologia (MZ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Louisiana State University (LSU), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:21/10339-1 - Integrative taxonomy of two highly polytypic thamnophilids (Aves: Thamnophilidae), BP.MS


Accurate species delimitation is essential to a wide range of biological subdisciplines. However, taxonomic knowledge has progressed slowly in the tropics compared to the temperate zone, generating a latitudinal taxonomy gradient with pernicious consequences for our understanding of biological diversity. To mitigate the effects of this artificial gradient, we are conducting an integrative taxonomic revision of two of the most polytypic species in the Neotropical avian family Thamnophilidae. The main objective of this internship project is to allow the student to complete the collection of both the morphological and genetic data sets for his master's project at one of the world's largest and most important collections of South American birds. The internship will also improve the student's knowledge in extracting, sequencing and analyzing historical DNA from museum specimens and promote a strong interaction between him and leading researchers in the field. (AU)

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