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Ecology, evolution and development (Eco-Evo-Devo) in the Brazilian herpetofauna

Grant number: 15/07650-6
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: May 01, 2016 - February 28, 2021
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology
Principal researcher:Tiana Kohlsdorf
Grantee:Tiana Kohlsdorf
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Fernanda da Rocha Brando ; Gaëlle Bello Hellegouarch ; Gunter Wagner ; Igor Schneider ; Patrícia Neiva Coelho Schneider ; Renata Brandt Nunes ; Rodrigo Nunes da Fonseca
Associated grant(s):18/09788-3 - Course: genomic approaches for development, Evo-Devo, and regeneration, AV.EXT
17/05504-8 - Course: Evolution and Development in Fishes, AV.EXT
19/02232-2 - Osteology of the autopodium of Tropiduridae (Squamata: Iguania): modularity, phenotypic integration and microhabitat use, BP.MS
19/06380-6 - Ecology, evolution and development (Eco-Evo-Devo) in the Brazilian herpetofauna, BP.TT
18/00873-8 - Morphological diversity in the autopodium of salamanders and newts (Caudata: Lissamphibia): relations with ecological aspects and diversification rates, BP.IC
17/20299-1 - Evolution of body shape in true toads: Sexual dimorphism and selective mechanisms, BP.PD
17/04777-0 - Phenotypic plasticity in the larval development of anurans: effects of temperature and their relationships with the reproductive season, BP.MS
16/16385-7 - Morphological evolution of the skull in fossorial lineages of Gymnophthalmidae (Squamata), BP.MS - associated scholarships


Evolutionary processes and mechanisms of phenotypic diversity represent a central topic of Evolutionary Biology. Two major categories comprise investigations on shape evolution, ecomorphology and evolutionary development (Evo-Devo), but the concrete integration of these dimensions is effectively consolidated with the establishment of the Eco-Evo-Devo field, when the environment is recognized both and selector and inducer of phenotypic diversity. The present proposal adopts this integrative approach to concatenate functional and temporal dimensions of morphological diversification in representatives of the Brazilian herpetofauna. The proposal is organized in three complementary axes. The first one combines research projects focusing on the morphological diversification in Lissamphibia and Lepidosauria, organized according to three principal approaches: Ecomorphology, Evo-Devo and Eco-Evo-Devo. Ecomorphological studies will be implemented using a broad taxonomic scale, combining morphometric and meristic data with ecological information. Research in Evo-Devo, in turn, will investigate processes and mechanisms of embryo or larval development likely associated to morphological diversification in specific lineages, by sequencing of coding and regulatory regions of Hox genes and evaluation of developmental series. Finally, studies in Eco-Evo-Devo will manipulate environmental conditions during the development and evaluate the morphology and performance of the resulting phenotypes. This proposal also has a second axis, which is focused on short-duration courses to train students in Evo-Devo and Eco-Evo-Devo, which will be taught by renowned researchers in the field. Finally, access to the concepts inherent to Evo-Devo and Eco-Evo-Devo will be also enhanced by publication of a popular science book dedicated to undergrad students and high school professors. (AU)

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Scientific publications (7)
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KOHLSDORF, TIANA. Reversibility of digit loss revisited: Limb diversification in Bachia lizards (gymnophthalmidae). JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL ZOOLOGY PART B-MOLECULAR AND DEVELOPMENTAL EVOLUTION, FEB 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
LOFEU, LEANDRO; BRANDT, RENATA; KOHLSDORF, TIANA. Digit identity matters: origin and evolution of sexual dimorphism in the digit lengths of tropidurid lizards. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, v. 131, n. 1, p. 109-121, SEP 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
BONINI-CAMPOS, BIANCA; LOFEU, LEANDRO; BRANDT, RENATA; KOHLSDORF, TIANA. Different developmental environments reveal multitrait plastic responses in South American Anostomidae fish. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL ZOOLOGY PART B-MOLECULAR AND DEVELOPMENTAL EVOLUTION, v. 332, n. 7, p. 238-244, NOV 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
SIMON, MONIQUE NOUAILHETAS; BRANDT, RENATA; KOHLSDORF, TIANA; ARNOLD, STEVAN J. Bite performance surfaces of three ecologically divergent Iguanidae lizards: relationships with lower jaw bones. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, v. 127, n. 4, p. 810-825, AUG 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
BARS-CLOSEL, MELISSA; CAMACHO, AGUSTIN; KOHLSDORF, TIANA. Shifts in space and time: ecological transitions affect the evolution of resting metabolic rates in microteiid lizards. Journal of Experimental Biology, v. 221, n. 14 JUL 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
LOFEU, LEANDRO; BRANDT, RENATA; KOHLSDORF, TIANA. Phenotypic integration mediated by hormones: associations among digit ratios, body size and testosterone during tadpole development. BMC Evolutionary Biology, v. 17, AUG 2 2017. Web of Science Citations: 6.
ROTHIER, PRISCILA S.; BRANDT, RENATA; KOHLSDORF, TIANA. Ecological Associations of Autopodial Osteology in Neotropical Geckos. Journal of Morphology, v. 278, n. 3, p. 290-299, MAR 2017. Web of Science Citations: 4.

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