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Consequences of the modifications caused by recreational marinas on coastal environments for marine sessile organisms

Grant number: 16/17647-5
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: December 01, 2016 - March 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems Ecology
Principal Investigator:Gustavo Muniz Dias
Grantee:Gustavo Muniz Dias
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Naturais e Humanas (CCNH). Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC). Ministério da Educação (Brasil). Santo André , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Antonio Carlos Marques ; Danilo da Cruz Centeno ; Fernando Zaniolo Gibran ; João Paulo Naldi Silva ; Katherine Griffith ; Lueji Barros Pestana ; Stuart Rees Jenkins


The construction of marine facilities on the coast, as harbors and marinas, promote several modifications on marine environments. For sessile organisms, marinas increase the amount of space available for recruitment, however because these facilities are usually exposed to extensive sources of pollution the new habitat is under selective pressures very distinct from those on natural substrata, what can facilitate the introduction of non-native species. A very effective process that prevents bioinvasion is natural predation. Predators can control the income of exotic propagules and also the structure of sessile communities. However, the importance of predation is extremely variable depending where the community occurs. In tropical regions, intense predation can reduce diversity of sessile organisms and also control the invasion by exotic species, but this is hardly observed in temperate zones where predation is less intense. Besides all the modification on species number and composition, marinas also affect the phenotypic diversity of organisms. As example, copper, which is used in antifouling paints, is one of the most abundant heavy metals in marinas, inducing the manifestation of alternative phenotypes in sessile organisms. Besides that, the metabolic changes behind the phenotypic plasticity induced by copper are still unknown. This project aims to test how the availability of hard substrata affect the structure of sessile communities in six marinas from the Southeastern Brazil, compare the importance of predation between tropical/subtropical communities in Brazil, tropical communities in Angola and Temperate communities in Wales - UK, and to describe the metabolic changes caused by copper in an sessile invertebrate. (AU)

Scientific publications (8)
(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)
PESTANA, L. B.; DIAS, G. M.; MARQUES, A. C. Spatial and temporal diversity of non-native biofouling species associated with marinas in two Angolan bays. AFRICAN JOURNAL OF MARINE SCIENCE, v. 42, n. 4, p. 413-422, OCT 1 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
TANASOVICI, RODRIGO M.; KITAHARA, V, MARCELO; DIAS, GUSTAVO M. Invasive coral Tubastraea spp. population growth in artificial habitats and its consequences to the diversity of benthic organisms. Marine Biology, v. 167, n. 8 JUL 26 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
DIAS, GUSTAVO M.; VIEIRA, EDSON A.; PESTANA, LUEJI; MARQUES, ANTONIO C.; KARYTHIS, SIMON; JENKINS, STUART R.; GRIFFITH, KATHERINE. Calcareous defence structures of prey mediate the effects of predation and biotic resistance towards the tropics. DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS, v. 26, n. 9 JUN 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
ORICCHIO, FELIPE THEOCHARIDES; DIAS, GUSTAVO MUNIZ. Predation and competition interact to determine space monopolization by non-indigenous species in a sessile community from the southwestern Atlantic Ocean. AQUATIC INVASIONS, v. 15, n. 1, SI, p. 127-139, MAR 2020. Web of Science Citations: 1.
ORICCHIO, FELIPE T.; MARQUES, ANTONIO C.; HAJDU, EDUARDO; PITOMBO, FABIO B.; AZEVEDO, FERNANDA; PASSOS, FLAVIO D.; VIEIRA, LEANDRO M.; STAMPAR, SERGIO N.; ROCHA, ROSANA M.; DIAS, GUSTAVO M. Exotic species dominate marinas between the two most populated regions in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean. Marine Pollution Bulletin, v. 146, p. 884-892, SEP 2019. Web of Science Citations: 1.
HIEBERT, LAUREL SKY; VIEIRA, EDSON A.; DIAS, GUSTAVO M.; TIOZZO, STEFANO; BROWN, FEDERICO D. Colonial ascidians strongly preyed upon, yet dominate the substrate in a subtropical fouling community. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, v. 286, n. 1899 MAR 20 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
VIEIRA, EDSON A.; FILGUEIRAS, HELOISA ROMEU; BUENO, MARILIA; PEREIRA LEITE, FOSCA PEDINI; DIAS, GUSTAVO MUNIZ. Co-occurring morphologically distinct algae support a diverse associated fauna in the intertidal zone of Araca Bay, Brazil. Biota Neotropica, v. 18, n. 1, p. -, 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
PESTANA, LUEJI BARROS; DIAS, GUSTAVO MUNIZ; MARQUES, ANTONIO CARLOS. A century of introductions by coastal sessile marine invertebrates in Angola, South East Atlantic Ocean. Marine Pollution Bulletin, v. 125, n. 1-2, p. 426-432, DEC 15 2017. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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