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Neotropical dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata): a study system for the macro-ecology of sexual selection

Grant number: 12/20468-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2013
Effective date (End): April 24, 2015
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Animal Behavior
Principal researcher:Glauco Machado
Grantee:Eduardo da Silva Alves dos Santos
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Sexual selection is one of the most well studied evolutionary processes. However, the lack of a theoretical framework for studies of sexual selection in a large geographic scale restricts our understanding of how the intensity of this process can vary geographically. The recently created macro-ecology of sexual selection aims to fulfill this gap, making predictions about the direct and indirect influence of environmental conditions (biotic and abiotic) on sexually selected traits over a large geographic scale. In this sense, the main objective of this project is to test macro-ecological hypotheses using Neotropical dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata) as a study system. Specifically, we will test the influence of climatic variables on: (1) the occurrence of alternative morphs, (2) the magnitude of sexual dimorphism, (3) the magnitude of sexual dichromatism, and (4) the degree of sperm competition. To test the macro-ecological hypotheses related to each of these sexually selected characteristics, we will use data available in the literature, in taxonomic collections and in electronic databases. These data will be combined and used in phylogenetic comparative analyses. The results obtained in this research will not only be the first empirical tests of the hypothesis of macro-ecology of sexual selection, but may also be used in a more applied manner to inform predictions about the effect of climatic changes on the composition of dragonfly and damselfly species in local communities.

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Scientific publications (8)
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MARTINEZ-ORTEGA, CRISTINA; SANTOS, EDUARDO S. A.; GIL, DIEGO. Species-specific differences in relative eye size are related to patterns of edge avoidance in an Amazonian rainforest bird community. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, v. 4, n. 19, p. 3736-3745, . (12/20468-4)
SANTOS, EDUARDO S. A.; SANTOS, LUANA L. S.; LAGISZ, MALGORZATA; NAKAGAWA, SHINICHI. Conflict and cooperation over sex: the consequences of social and genetic polyandry for reproductive success in dunnocks. Journal of Animal Ecology, v. 84, n. 6, p. 1509-1519, . (12/20468-4)
MACEDO-REGO, RENATO C.; COSTA-SCHMIDT, LUIZ ERNESTO; SANTOS, EDUARDO S. A.; MACHADO, GLAUCO. Negative effects of prolonged dietary restriction on male mating effort: nuptial gifts as honest indicators of long-term male condition. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 6, . (12/50229-1, 12/20468-4, 15/10448-4)
MUNIZ, DANILO G.; MACHADO, GLAUCO. Mate sampling influences the intensity of sexual selection and the evolution of costly sexual ornaments. Journal of Theoretical Biology, v. 447, p. 74-83, . (13/13632-5, 12/50229-1, 12/20468-4)
SENIOR, ALISTAIR M.; GRUEBER, CATHERINE E.; KAMIYA, TSUKUSHI; LAGISZ, MALGORZATA; O'DWYER, KATIE; SANTOS, EDUARDO S. A.; NAKAGAWA, SHINICHI. Heterogeneity in ecological and evolutionary meta-analyses: its magnitude and implications. ECOLOGY, v. 97, n. 12, p. 3293-3299, . (12/20468-4)
SANTOS, E. S. A.; MACHADO, G.. Sexual dichromatism in wing pigmentation of New World dragonflies follows Rensch's rule. JOURNAL OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, v. 29, n. 7, p. 1447-1454, . (12/50229-1, 12/20468-4)
MUNIZ, DANILO G.; SANTOS, EDUARDO S. A.; GUIMARAES, JR., PAULO R.; NAKAGAWA, SHINICHI; MACHADO, GLAUCO. A multinomial network method for the analysis of mate choice and assortative mating in spatially structured populations. METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, v. 8, n. 10, p. 1321-1331, . (13/13632-5, 12/50229-1, 12/20468-4, 15/10448-4)
SANTOS, EDUARDO S. A.; BUENO, PEDRO P.; GILBERT, JAMES D. J.; MACHADO, GLAUCO. Macroecology of parental care in arthropods: higher mortality risk leads to higher benefits of offspring protection in tropical climates. BIOLOGICAL REVIEWS, v. 92, n. 3, p. 1688-1701, . (12/10167-7, 12/50229-1, 12/20468-4, 15/10448-4)

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