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Effect of the early colonization on the development and structure of subtidal marine incrusting communities

Grant number: 12/18432-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2012
Effective date (End): July 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology
Principal researcher:Augusto Alberto Valero Flores
Grantee:Edson Aparecido Vieira Filho
Home Institution: Instituto de Biologia (IB). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


Succession is defined as changes on the structure and composition of a community over the time. It's a broadly studied process and, since the beginning, descriptive works revealed the variable, complex and context dependent nature of successional process. However, the acting factors were better understood only using experimentation. Marine communities are excellent models for this kind of approaching, since they are very dynamic and the organisms are well known and easy to manipulate. These communities are characterized by a gradual and continuous succession. Though, the stochasticity is an important characteristic of marine environment and, for that, the early configurations of incrusting community and the implications on the successional process and on the community structure later on are extremely variable. In some cases occurs the hierarchical replacement of species, while in others, priority effects takes place since the early moments, maintaining diversity at low level. In this project I am interested in manipulate the early configurations of incrusting communities and understand how these communities develop and structure from these different scenarios. I will manipulate the identity of early colonizers and the early richness of species and functional diversity and will investigate how communities develop from these different configurations. Besides that I will investigate how these different configurations act on the community susceptibility to the occurrence of invasive species. All these experiments will contribute to understand the action of each process isolated and also the integrated action in the succession. (AU)

Scientific publications (4)
(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)
VICENTE, VANESSA S.; FERREIRA, ANA P.; PERES, PEDRO A.; SIQUEIRA, SILVANA G. L.; LEITE, FOSCA P. P.; VIEIRA, EDSON A. Succession of marine fouling community influences the associated mobile fauna via physical complexity increment. MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH, JUN 2021. 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: 5.
VIEIRA, EDSON A.; DIAS, GUSTAVO M.; FLORES, AUGUSTO A. V. Adding early-stage engineering species affects advanced-stage organization of shallow-water fouling assemblages. Hydrobiologia, v. 818, n. 1, p. 211-222, AUG 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
VIEIRA, EDSON A.; FLORES, AUGUSTO A. V.; DIAS, GUSTAVO M. Persistence and space preemption explain species-specific founder effects on the organization of marine sessile communities. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, v. 8, n. 6, p. 3430-3442, MAR 2018. Web of Science Citations: 3.
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
FILHO, Edson Aparecido Vieira. Initial colonization effects on the development and structure of encrusting marine communities of shallow subtidal. 2016. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Instituto de Biologia.

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