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Analysis of reef fish community structure of Atlantic Ocean

Grant number: 13/10635-3
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2013
Effective date (End): January 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology
Principal Investigator:Thomas Michael Lewinsohn
Grantee:Nayara Fernanda Hachich
Supervisor abroad: Michael Bonsall
Home Institution: Instituto de Biologia (IB). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : University of Oxford, England  
Associated to the scholarship:11/15086-2 - Reef fish communities: phylogenetic patterns and their ecological and evolutionary components, BP.MS

Abstract

Communities assemblage may be influenced by ecological or evolutionary processes or stochastic events. In order to detect the relative contribution of each of these processes on the structure of Atlantic reef fish communities, the master project (2011/15086-2), to which this proposal is linked, focuses on investigating the species' distribution patterns regarding its phylogenetic relatedness, ecological similarity, environment factors and spatial distance between communities. To achieve that, the extended RLQ ordination analysis is quite appropriated. This methodology was developed by the Mathematical Ecology Research Group of Oxford University, headed by Dr. Michael Bonsall (Department of Zoology). Nevertheless, its application is more complex than the procedures described at the master project. While in Oxford I will be working under the supervision of Dr. Bonsall to apply the extended RLQ ordination analysis, adapting it to the reef fish community data in order to analyse the dataset already arranged for my thesis. (AU)