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Evolutionary dynamics in ecological networks

Grant number: 18/14809-0
Support Opportunities:Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants - Phase 2
Duration: August 01, 2019 - July 31, 2025
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Theoretical Ecology
Principal Investigator:Paulo Roberto Guimarães Junior
Grantee:Paulo Roberto Guimarães Junior
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Leonor Patricia Cerdeira Morellato
Associated research grant:09/54422-8 - Structure and coevolutionary dynamics in mutualistic networks, AP.JP
Associated scholarship(s):23/03510-1 - Compilation and organization of a database of interaction networks between ants and plants, BP.TT
22/14728-5 - Updating, maintaining, and building a database on ecological networks, BP.TT
21/13127-5 - Coevolutionary mechanisms among antagonists: parasitoids and hosts as a study model, BP.PD
+ associated scholarships 21/08417-4 - Revision and organization of computer code and routines, BP.TT
20/09286-8 - How can interactions between frugivorous birds and plants shape the color of bird plumage?, BP.DR
19/22146-3 - How does differences in generation times affects coevolution in ecological networks?, BP.DR
19/21732-6 - The role of genetic constraints on the coevolutionary process, BP.PD
19/17475-8 - Creating, maintaining, and updating dataset on ecological networks, BP.TT
19/16160-3 - Network structure and centrality of cleaning interactions among South America birds and mammals, BP.IC
16/14277-2 - Genetic correlation's influence on coevolutionary processes, BP.PD - associated scholarships


Ecological interactions are central to biodiversity organization, forming ecological networks of interacting species. From an evolutionary point of view, ecological interactions modulate the natural selection due to interacting species. One of the main challenges in evolutionary ecology is to understand how ecological networks affect the outcomes of evolutionary process. An important step in this direction is developing a theoretical framework to allow one to map evolutionary outcomes to the multiple aspects of the ecology and evolution of species-rich, ecological interactions. In this sense, this project aims to explore three relevant aspects of ecological networks to the evolutionary dynamics. First, using mutualisms as reference system, we will explore how the structure of ecological networks may influence and be influenced by different aspects of evolutionary dynamics. Second, because ecological networks are not isolated across space but connected to each other by the flow of genes and individuals between sites, we will explore the role of gene flow in determining the spatial scale in which patterns of adaptation emerge in ecological interactions. Third, the evolutionary outcomes of ecological interactions partially vary with the effect of the interaction on the fitness of interacting individuals. Consequently, we will explore how the evolutionary dynamics of species-rich, ecological interactions vary between mutualisms and antagonisms. We expect that this proposal, if funded, will contribute to the development and consolidation of a theoretical map for the evolutionary dynamics of ecological networks. (AU)

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Scientific publications (16)
(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)
BIRSKIS-BARROS, IRINA; FREITAS, ANDRE V. L.; GUIMARAES, JR., PAULO R.. Habitat generalist species constrain the diversity of mimicry rings in heterogeneous habitats. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 11, n. 1, . (11/50225-3, 18/14809-0)
BLANK, MARCEL HENRIQUE; GUIMARAES JR, PAULO ROBERTO; DO NASCIMENTO, LUCAS FERREIRA; PEREIRA, RICARDO JOSE GARCIA. Ecological drivers of breeding periodicity in four forest neotropical eagles. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 13, n. 1, p. 10-pg., . (20/11479-9, 20/09286-8, 16/17158-4, 18/14809-0)
COGNI, RODRIGO; QUENTAL, TIAGO B.; GUIMARAES JR, PAULO R.. Ehrlich and Raven escape and radiate coevolution hypothesis at different levels of organization: Past and future perspectives. Evolution, v. 76, n. 6, p. 16-pg., . (21/06780-4, 18/14809-0, 13/25991-0)
GUIMARAES, PAULO R., JR.; FUTUYMA, DJ. The Structure of Ecological Networks Across Levels of Organization. ANNUAL REVIEW OF ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, AND SYSTEMATICS, VOL 51, 2020, v. 51, p. 28-pg., . (18/14809-0)
ASSIS, ANA PAULA A.; THOMPSON, JOHN N.; SANTANA, PAMELA CRISTINA; JORDANO, PEDRO; BASCOMPTE, JORDI; GUIMARAES, JR., PAULO R.. Genetic correlations and ecological networks shape coevolving mutualisms. ECOLOGY LETTERS, v. 23, n. 12, p. 1789-1799, . (18/14809-0)
ASSIS, ANA PAULA APRIGIO; GUIMARAES, PAULO ROBERTO. Organisms as Complex Structures Wrapped in a Complex Web of Life*. American Naturalist, v. 199, n. 6, p. 4-pg., . (18/14809-0, 16/14277-2)
WINDSOR, FREDRIC M.; ARMENTERAS, DOLORS; ASSIS, ANA PAULA A.; ASTEGIANO, JULIA; SANTANA, PAMELA C.; CAGNOLO, LUCIANO; CARVALHEIRO, LUISA G.; EMARY, CLIVE; FORT, HUGO; GONZALEZ, XAVIER, I; et al. Essays Perspectives Network science: Applications for sustainable agroecosystems and food security. PERSPECTIVES IN ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION, v. 20, n. 2, p. 12-pg., . (19/21732-6, 18/14809-0)
COSMO, LEANDRO G.; ASSIS, ANA PAULA A.; DE AGUIAR, MARCUS A. M.; PIRES, MATHIAS M.; VALIDO, ALFREDO; JORDANO, PEDRO; THOMPSON, JOHN N.; BASCOMPTE, JORDI; GUIMARAES JR, PAULO R.. Indirect effects shape species fitness in coevolved mutualistic networks. Nature, v. N/A, p. 21-pg., . (21/14335-0, 16/14277-2, 19/22146-3, 18/14809-0, 19/25478-7, 22/07939-0)
YEAKEL, JUSTIN D.; PIRES, MATHIAS M.; DE AGUIAR, MARCUS A. M.; O'DONNELL, JAMES L.; GUIMARAES, JR., PAULO R.; GRAVEL, DOMINIQUE; GROSS, THILO. Diverse interactions and ecosystem engineering can stabilize community assembly. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, v. 11, n. 1, . (19/20271-5, 16/01343-7, 18/14809-0)
PIRES, MATHIAS M.; O'DONNELL, JAMES L.; BURKLE, LAURA A.; DIAZ-CASTELAZO, CECILIA; HEMBRY, DAVID H.; YEAKEL, JUSTIN D.; NEWMAN, ERICA A.; MEDEIROS, LUCAS P.; DEAGUIAR, MARCUS A. M.; GUIMARAES JR, PAULO R.. The indirect paths to cascading effects of extinctions in mutualistic networks. ECOLOGY, v. 101, n. 7, . (18/14809-0)
MARQUEZ-VELASQUEZ, VIVIANA; NAVIA, ANDRES F.; ROSA, RICARDO S.; GUIMARAES JR, PAULO R.; RAIMUNDO, RAFAEL L. G.. Resource partitioning between fisheries and endangered sharks in a tropical marine food web. ICES JOURNAL OF MARINE SCIENCE, v. 78, n. 7, p. 2518-2527, . (18/14809-0)
BURIN, GUSTAVO; GUIMARAES JR, PAULO R.; QUENTAL, TIAGO B.. Macroevolutionary stability predicts interaction patterns of species in seed dispersal networks. Science, v. 372, n. 6543, p. 733+, . (18/04821-2, 12/04072-3, 14/03621-9, 18/14809-0, 18/05462-6)
FRIEDEMANN, PAMELA; CORREA CORTES, MARINA; RODRIGO DE CASTRO, EVERALDO; GALETTI, MAURO; JORDANO, PEDRO; GUIMARAES JR, PAULO R.. he individual-based network structure of palm-seed dispersers is explained by a rainforest gradien. OIKOS, v. 2022, n. 2, . (14/01986-0, 18/19011-6, 18/14809-0)
MITTELMAN, PEDRO; LANDIM, ANNA REBELLO; GENES, LUISA; ASSIS, ANA PAULA A.; STARLING-MANNE, CAROLINA; LEONARDO, PAULA V.; FERNANDEZ, FERNANDO A. S.; GUIMARAES, JR., PAULO R.; PIRES, ALEXANDRA S.. Trophic rewilding benefits a tropical community through direct and indirect network effects. ECOGRAPHY, . (16/14277-2, 18/14809-0)
CAMACHO, LUCAS A.; DE ANDREAZZI, CECILIA SILIANSKY; MEDEIROS, LUCAS P.; BIRSKIS-BARROS, IRINA; EMER, CARINE; REIGADA, CAROLINA; GUIMARAES JR, PAULO R. R.. Cheating interactions favor modularity in mutualistic networks. OIKOS, v. 2023, n. 3, p. 12-pg., . (18/14809-0)
BASTAZINI, VINICIUS AUGUSTO GALVAO; DEBASTIANI, VANDERLEI; CAPPELATTI, LAURA; GUIMARAES, PAULO, JR.; PILLAR, VALERIO D.. The role of evolutionary modes for trait-based cascades in mutualistic networks. ECOLOGICAL MODELLING, v. 470, p. 9-pg., . (18/14809-0)

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