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Integrating consistent individual differences theory into ecological and evolutionary studies related to global and local environmental change

Grant number: 14/21804-3
Support type:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - International
Duration: June 14, 2015 - December 27, 2015
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Oceanography - Biological Oceanography
Principal researcher:Alexander Turra
Grantee:Alexander Turra
Visiting researcher: Ian Donald Mccarthy
Visiting researcher institution: Bangor University, Wales
Home Institution: Instituto Oceanográfico (IO). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/50317-5 - Biodiversity and functioning of a subtropical coastal ecosystem: a contribution to integrated management , AP.BTA.TEM


The study of consistent individual differences in behavioural and physiological performance (CIDs) is a growing area of research amongst whole-animal biologists. Natural selection operates at the level of the individual and therefore understanding the drivers of individual phenotypic variation and the fitness-related consequences of these differences is a central strand of evolutionary biology. This PV application aims to provide an opportunity to teach, train and conduct research on CIDs at IOUSP and other universities in São Paulo state through bringing Dr Ian McCarthy to IOUSP for 7.5 months. Working with Dr Alexander Turra and his laboratory, novel research will be conducted and published on CIDs in physiological and behavioural performance in hermit crabs (an ideal model for such work) and the ecological and evolutionary consequences of these differences. In addition, this visit will provide opportunities to (1) teach/train postgraduate students at IOUSP and other universities in São Paulo state about CIDs theory, (2) mentor postgraduate students and early career researchers at IOUSP (through advice on research and publishing in English in international journals) and (3) provide networking opportunities to facilitate the development of collaborative research activities beyond the planned PV visit and thus maximise the benefits obtained from the award. (AU)

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Scientific publications (6)
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GORMAN, DANIEL; RAGAGNIN, MARILIA N.; MCCARTHY, IAN D.; TURRA, ALEXANDER. Risk-taking and risk-avoiding behaviors by hermit crabs across multiple environmental contexts. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, v. 506, p. 25-29, SEP 2018. Web of Science Citations: 5.
SANTANA, MARINA F. M.; MOREIRA, FABIANA T.; PEREIRA, CAMILO D. S.; ABESSA, DENIS M. S.; TURRA, ALEXANDER. Continuous Exposure to Microplastics Does Not Cause Physiological Effects in the Cultivated Mussel Perna perna. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, v. 74, n. 4, p. 594-604, MAY 2018. Web of Science Citations: 13.
RAGAGNIN, MARILIA NAGATA; GORMAN, DANIEL; MCCARTHY, IAN DONALD; SANT'ANNA, BRUNO SAMPAIO; DE CASTRO, CLAUDIO CAMPI; TURRA, ALEXANDER. Gastropod shell size and architecture influence the applicability of methods used to estimate internal volume. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 8, JAN 11 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
MCCARTHY, IAN D.; BROWN, JAMES. Assessing the reproducibility of fractional rates of protein synthesis in muscle tissue measured using the flooding dose technique. COMPARATIVE BIOCHEMISTRY AND PHYSIOLOGY A-MOLECULAR & INTEGRATIVE PHYSIOLOGY, v. 197, p. 9-15, JUL 2016. Web of Science Citations: 0.
TURRA, ALEXANDER; XAVIER, LUCIANA YOKOYAMA; POMBO, MAIRA; PASCHOAL, CAMILA DE CARVALHO; DENADAI, MARCIA REGINA. Assessment of recreational harvesting of the trigonal clam Tivela mactroides: Socioeconomic aspects and environmental perception. Fisheries Research, v. 174, p. 58-67, FEB 2016. Web of Science Citations: 5.
MCCARTHY, IAN D.; NICHOLLS, RUTH; MALHAM, SHELAGH K.; WHITELEY, NIA M. Validation of the flooding dose technique to determine fractional rates of protein synthesis in a model bivalve species, the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis L.). COMPARATIVE BIOCHEMISTRY AND PHYSIOLOGY A-MOLECULAR & INTEGRATIVE PHYSIOLOGY, v. 191, p. 166-173, JAN 2016. Web of Science Citations: 1.

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