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Center for Research on Biodiversity Dynamics and Climate Change

Grant number: 21/10639-5
Support Opportunities:Research Grants - Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers - RIDC
Duration: May 01, 2023 - April 30, 2028
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems Ecology
Principal Investigator:Leonor Patricia Cerdeira Morellato
Grantee:Leonor Patricia Cerdeira Morellato
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Pesquisadores principais:
Célio Fernando Baptista Haddad ; Clarisse Palma da Silva ; Leonardo Fernandes Fraceto ; Mauricio Bacci Junior ; Mauro Galetti Rodrigues ; Milton Cezar Ribeiro ; Vitor Fernandes Oliveira de Miranda
Associated researchers:Alessandro de Mello Varani ; Alfredo Huete ; Ana Carolina Oliveira de Queiroz Carnaval ; Ana Paula de Moraes ; André Luiz Martinez de Oliveira ; André Rodrigues ; Antonio Leão Castilho ; Antonio Maria Garcia Tommaselli ; Bartosz Jan Plachno ; Boris Leonardo Blotto Acuña ; Bruna de Costa Alberton ; Carlos Guilherme Becker ; Casey M. Ryan ; Claudette Marta Hahn ; Cláudia Pio Ferreira ; Claudio José von Zuben ; Clinton N Jenkins ; Cynthia Peralta de Almeida Prado ; Daniel Guariz Pinheiro ; Douglas Silva Domingues ; Ellen G. Denny ; Elza Maria Guimarães Santos ; Fábio Pinheiro ; Felipe Wanderley de Amorim ; Fernando Augusto de Oliveira e Silveira ; Geraldo Wilson Afonso Fernandes ; Guilherme Wolff Bueno ; Halley Caixeta de Oliveira ; Jens-Christian Svenning ; Jin Wu ; Juan Arroyo ; Julian Faivovich ; Kelly Raquel Zamudio ; Kyle Graham Dexter ; Laurence Marianne Vincianne Culot ; Levi Pompermayer Machado ; Lilian Patricia Sales Macedo ; Luciana Bolsoni Lourenço ; Magna Soelma Beserra de Moura ; Márcio Silva Araújo ; Marco Aurelio Pizo Ferreira ; Maria de Lourdes Bueno Trindade Galo ; Mariana Lúcio Lyra ; Marina Corrêa Côrtes ; Marta Pereira Llopart ; Mathew Williams ; Mathias Mistretta Pires ; Montserrat Arista Palmero ; Newton La Scala Júnior ; Pablo Forlan Vargas ; Patricia Pasquali Parise Maltempi ; Paulo Roberto Guimarães Junior ; Pedro Jordano ; Pedro Luis Ortiz Ballesteros ; Qiaoyun Xie ; Rafael Barreiro Chaves ; Renata de Lima ; Ricardo da Silva Torres ; Rodolfo Luiz Bezerra Nóbrega ; Rosane Garcia Collevatti ; Rouverson Pereira da Silva ; Tadeu de Siqueira Barros ; Tatiana Garabini Cornelissen ; Todd P. Michael ; Wesley Francisco Dáttilo da Cruz
Associated scholarship(s):22/09041-0 - Unraveling the processes and mechanisms that drive the dynamics and functioning of megadiverse forest communities, BP.PD
23/06380-1 - Synthesis, evaluation of activity and toxicity of Nanobiohybrids for seed treatment., BP.MS
23/08932-1 - Diversification and evolutionary history of horned frogs Ceratophrys aurita (Raddi, 1823), Ceratophrys cranwelli Barrio 1980, Ceratophrys joazeirensis Mercadal and Barrio, 1986 and Ceratophrys ornata (Bell, 1843) (Anura, Ceratophryidae), BP.DR
23/05740-4 - Repeatome analysis of the orchid Epidendrum denticulatum Barb. Rodr.: a comparative analysis between Atlantic Forest and Cerrado populations, BP.MS
20/14805-4 - Effect of altitudinal thermal gradient on the adaptive convergence of communities and local adaptation of Pitcairnia flammea Lindl, BP.PD


The unprecedented loss of biodiversity and the imminent threats of climate and environmental changes are among the most important challenges faced by humanity. Biodiversity continues to decline worldwide, mainly in response to urban and agriculture expansion over natural areas. In addition, climate change is projected to commit over one-third of the Earth's animal and plant species to extinction by 2050. Silently, the deterioration of species' habitats also drives the cryptic extinction of biotic interactions, some of which are essential in sustaining nature's contribution to people (e.g. pollination services) essential for human well-being. Therefore, the erosion of biodiversity cascades into the crumbling of the web of life, threatening the ecological functions that support the very existence of mankind. That reality built the unalienated idea of halting biodiversity loss and preventing drastic changes on global and regional climates as convergent goals. The São Paulo State University-UNESP is well-positioned to play a leading role in the establishment of adaptation and mitigation strategies that address threats to tropical biodiversity in times of rapid environmental shifts. It has some of the most renowned and well-established research groups working on Biodiversity conservation and anthropogenic changes, largely supported by FAPESP in the last 20 years. We propose a CEPID on Biodiversity Dynamics and Climate Change: a unique, innovative Center congregating experts on science, diffusion, and innovation to produce global class and cutting-edge research and solutions targeting the current loss of biodiversity, its synergism with climate change and its consequences to human well-being. These threats include climate and other anthropogenic changes (e.g., the frequency and intensity of droughts and fires, sea levels rise, habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, defaunation, invasive species, and unplanned agricultural and urban occupation, leading to geographic expansion of degraded lands) and social (e.g., overpopulation, increasing poverty in urban areas, social and gender inequality). Framed by the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 15 - Life on land and 13 - Climate Action, the CEPID mission is the establishment of an observatory of biodiversity and climate change research, promoting innovation focused on nature-based solutions and accelerating diffusion, aligned with the SDGs 4 - Quality Education and 5 - Gender Equality. The CEPID will make the state of São Paulo well-poised to collaborate and exchange expertise with the most successful biodiversity and climate change centers around the world. Such missions and goals are not yet found in any of the actual CEPIDS or CEIs (Centers for Engineering and Innovation)funded by FAPESP (AU)

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Scientific publications (7)
(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)
HARPER, KAREN AMANDA; YANG, JACQUELINE RENEE; QUERRY, NATASHA DAZE; DYER, JULIE; ALVES, RAFAEL SOUZA CRUZ; RIBEIRO, MILTON CEZAR. Limited influence from edges and topography on vegetation structure and diversity in Atlantic Forest. PLANT ECOLOGY, v. N/A, p. 11-pg., . (22/10760-1, 21/08534-0, 20/01779-5, 21/10639-5, 13/50421-2, 21/10195-0)
ARAUJO-VIEIRA, KATYUSCIA; LOURENCO, ANA CAROLINA C.; LACERDA, JOAO VICTOR A.; LYRA, MARIANA L.; BLOTTO, BORIS L.; RON, SANTIAGO R.; BALDO, DIEGO; PEREYRA, MARTIN O.; SUAREZ-MAYORGA, ANGELA M.; BAETA, DELIO; et al. Treefrog diversity in the Neotropics: Phylogenetic relationships of Scinaxini (Anura: Hylidae: Hylinae). South American Journal of Herpetology, v. 27, p. 143-pg., . (18/15425-0, 03/10335-8, 14/50342-8, 21/10639-5, 06/52088-5, 13/20423-3, 13/50741-7, 11/50146-6, 15/11237-7, 05/56756-0, 12/10000-5, 19/24979-2)
CHAVES-ACUNA, WAGNER; MORENO, EMILIA A.; YANEZ-MUNOZ, MARIO H.. The advertisement call of Pristimantis unistrigatus (Anura: Strabomantidae) from the Ecuadorian Andes. Phyllomedusa, v. 22, n. 1, p. 7-pg., . (21/10639-5)
BRUSQUETTI, FRANCISCO; PUPIN, NADYA C.; HADDAD, CELIO F. B.. Model-Based Analyses Suggest Pleistocene Refugia over Ancient Divergence as Main Diversification Driver for a Neotropical Open-Habitat Treefrog. Evolutionary Biology, v. N/A, p. 15-pg., . (18/03428-5, 21/10639-5)
ASSIS, JULIA C.; HOHLENWERGER, CAMILA; METZGER, JEAN PAUL; RHODES, JONATHAN R.; DUARTE, GABRIELA T.; SILVA, RAFAELA A. DA; BOESING, ANDREA LARISSA; PRIST, PAULA R.; RIBEIRO, MILTON CEZAR. Linking landscape structure and ecosystem service flow. ECOSYSTEM SERVICES, v. 62, p. 10-pg., . (22/10760-1, 13/23457-6, 20/01779-5, 21/08534-0, 21/10639-5, 17/50015-5, 13/50421-2, 17/26093-6, 21/10195-0, 17/11666-0)
LOIOLA, PRISCILLA P. P.; MORELLATO, LEONOR PATRICIA CERDEIRA; CAMARGO, MARIA GABRIELA GUTIERREZ; KAMIMURA, VITOR A. A.; MATTOS, JACQUELINE S. S.; STREHER, ANNIA SUSIN; LE STRADIC, SOIZIG. Shared-role of vegetation types, elevation and soil affecting plant diversity in an old-tropical mountain hotspot. JOURNAL OF MOUNTAIN SCIENCE, v. 20, n. 7, p. 12-pg., . (13/50155-0, 09/54208-6, 15/10754-8, 21/10639-5, 10/51307-0, 19/09248-1)
CAMPOS, ESTEFANIA V. R.; RATKO, JONATHAN; BIDYARANI, NGANGOM; TAKESHITA, VANESSA; FRACETO, LEONARDO F.. Nature-Based Herbicides and Micro-/Nanotechnology Fostering Sustainable Agriculture. ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING, v. 11, n. 27, p. 18-pg., . (19/04758-1, 22/00509-0, 21/10639-5, 17/21004-5)

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