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Applying new bio-logging and analytical tools to study the movement ecology and conservation of birds in the caatinga biome, Brazil

Grant number: 18/19389-9
Support type:Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants
Duration: March 01, 2020 - February 28, 2025
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology
Cooperation agreement: Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science
Principal Investigator:Francisco Voeroes Dénes
Grantee:Francisco Voeroes Dénes
Principal investigator abroad: Martin Wikelski
Institution abroad: Max Planck Society, Dresden, Germany
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers: Carlos David da Silva Oliveira dos Santos ; Kamran Safi ; Paulo Inácio de Knegt López de Prado
Associated scholarship(s):20/03177-2 - Applying new bio-logging and analytical tools to study the Movement Ecology and Conservation of birds in the caatinga biome, Brazil, BP.JP


Using new bio-logging technology, researchers can now answer questions about the behavior, ecology and physiology of wild animals, particularly for wide-ranging or cryptic species, which have previously evaded examination. Many of these research questions are now investigated in the expanding field of Movement Ecology. Conservation scientists and practitioners are increasingly relying on movement ecology studies aid in understanding the threats and causes of population declines. This proposal describes a research program in Movement Ecology and Conservation that will explore the ecology and conservation of birds in the Caatinga biome in Brazil. The endemic and globally endangered Lear's macaw (Anodorhynchus leari) and four New-World vulture species will serve as models to address questions related to (1) the fundamental ecology of long-lived and wide-ranging avian frugivores and scavengers, (2) their ecosystem services, (3) human-wildlife conflicts, and (4) conservation planning based on Movement Ecology. The research program also aims to foster the development of the discipline of Movement Ecology in Brazil though mentoring of students, teaching of a graduate-level course at the host institution, and organizing of an academic symposium and workshops. We will disseminate the research results to multiple audiences through an outreach website, and participation in radio and in-person events focused on the rural communities in the study area. (AU)