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Evolution and biogeography of the herpetofauna: patterns, process and implications for conservation in a scenario of environmental and climate changes

Grant number: 21/07161-6
Support Opportunities:Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants
Duration: June 01, 2022 - May 31, 2027
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology
Principal Investigator:Thaís Barreto Guedes da Costa
Grantee:Thaís Barreto Guedes da Costa
Host Institution: Instituto de Biologia (IB). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers: Adrian Antonio Garda ; Alexandre Marcos Antonelli ; Breno Hamdan ; Cinthia Aguirre Brasileiro ; Claudia Koch ; Daniel Loebmann ; Daniel Oliveira Mesquita ; Fernanda de Pinho Werneck ; Luis Felipe de Toledo Ramos Pereira ; Mirco Solé Kienle
Associated scholarship(s):24/00126-9 - Quantifying the shortfalls in the knowledge of Brazilian snakes, BP.MS
23/18274-1 - Richness and distribution of lizards from the Caatinga-Cerrado-Amazonia ecotone, mid-northern region of Brazil, BP.IC
23/18266-9 - "Alphonse Richard Hoge" biological collection and its 120 years of contribution to the knowledge of Brazilian snakes, BP.IC
+ associated scholarships 22/15106-8 - Neotropical snakes: biogeography, diversification and the role of the climatic niche in the recognition of risk areas for snakebites., BP.DR
22/14451-3 - Ecology and evolution of sleep in snakes, BP.DR
22/16015-6 - Autoecology and geographic distribuition of the Caatinga's green snake Erythrolamprus viridis (Günther, 1862) (Serpentes: Dipsadidae), BP.IC
22/09428-2 - Evolution and Biogeography of the herpetofauna: patterns, process and implications for conservation in a scenario of environmental and climate changes, BP.JP - associated scholarships


Trans-disciplinary biogeography is the ideal science to understand patterns and processes that generated and maintain groups of highly complex and diverse organisms, such as amphibians and reptiles (herpetofauna), especially those that inhabit tropical regions of the globe. Advances in recent decades allowed for the huge accumulation of data on herpetofauna and important discoveries. However, gaps within the multiple facets in the knowledge of herpetofauna diversity (e.g., taxonomic, ecological, geographic and genetic) are still evident and deserve attention as they have delayed the use of these organisms in studies on biodiversity syntheses, global biodiversity scenarios facing climate change, evolutionary biology and testing of biogeographic hypotheses. This research proposal intends to access the main themes needed to advance to biogeographic and evolutionary knowledge of Neotropical herpetofauna (here organized in subproject A-E, goals 1 to 19), but related and complementary approaches, with regard to (A) identification of global biogeographic and evolutionary patterns for amphibians and reptiles; (B) recognition of biogeographic and macroecological patterns of herpetofauna at regional scales, with a focus on neotropical open landscapes; (C) investigate the history of diversification of some clades of amphibians and reptiles from a set of genetic and geographic data, thus contributing to the effort to understand the diversification of Neotropical herpetofauna; (D) assess the impact of climate change on Neotropical herpetofauna by identifying vulnerabilities and establishing conservation priorities; and (E) identify and fill gaps in taxonomic, geographic, evolutionary and ecological niche knowledge of Neotropical herpetofauna. We believe the project will result in important advances in an integrated approach of geographical and evolutionary data to identify regions that contribute with the persistence of biodiversity at different spatial scales, providing basic information for decision-making on conservation at a speed equivalent to the advance of destruction. (AU)

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ANTONELLI, ALEXANDRE; SMITH, RHIAN J.; PERRIGO, ALLISON L.; CROTTINI, ANGELICA; HACKEL, JAN; TESTO, WESTON; FAROOQ, HARITH; JIMENEZ, MARIA F. TORRES; ANDELA, NIELS; ANDERMANN, TOBIAS; et al. Madagascar's extraordinary biodiversity: Evolution, distribution, and use. Science, v. 378, n. 6623, p. 10-pg., . (21/07161-6, 22/09428-2)
UCHOA, LUCAS RAFAEL; DELFIM, FAGNER RIBEIRO; MESQUITA, DANIEL OLIVEIRA; COLLI, GUARINO RINALDI; GARDA, ADRIAN ANTONIO; GUEDES, THAIS B.. Lizards (Reptilia: Squamata) from the Caatinga, northeastern Brazil: Detailed and updated overview. VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY, v. 72, p. 61-pg., . (21/07161-6, 22/09428-2)
RALIMANANA, HELENE; PERRIGO, ALLISON L.; SMITH, RHIAN J.; BORRELL, JAMES S.; FAURBY, SOREN; RAJAONAH, MAMY TIANA; RANDRIAMBOAVONJY, TIANJANAHARY; VORONTSOVA, MARIA S.; COOKE, ROBERT S. C.; PHELPS, LEANNE N.; et al. Madagascar's extraordinary biodiversity: Threats and opportunities. Science, v. 378, n. 6623, p. 14-pg., . (21/07161-6, 22/09428-2)
PEDRO FERREIRA BISNETO; LUCIANA FRAZÃO; KAROLINE CERON; JACQUELINE SACHETT; WUELTON MARCELO MONTEIRO; IGOR LUIS KAEFER; THAÍS B. GUEDES. The challenge in detecting risk areas of snakebite when case rates are low: the case of Amazonian coral snakes. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, v. 95, . (21/07161-6, 22/09428-2)

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