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Process in metacommunities: ecological, evolutive and spatial factors structuring aquatic macroinvertebrates communities

Grant number: 13/20540-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2014
Effective date (End): November 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology
Principal Investigator:Alaide Aparecida Fonseca Gessner
Grantee:Victor Satoru Saito
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):14/24532-4 - Unraveling the drivers of community assembly: the interaction between predation and competition, BE.EP.DR


A fundamental question in community ecology is to identify and measure the assembling factors of communities. Theoretical and technological advances renewed the interest of ecologists for this questions culminating in new research areas: I) the metacommunity approach, which unify local process with spatial factors in regional scale; II) phylogenetic ecology, which uses evolutive history of taxa to explain contemporaneous patterns of communities, and III) modern coexistence theory, which explain community patterns based on competitive and adaptive process which maintains biodiversity. Based on this theoretic framework this doctoral project will unify these approaches to infer process and structuring factors for community assembling in different spatial scales. We will use collected dataset and field samplings of aquatic macroinvertebrates in streams. The choice for macroinvertebrates is because they are high abundant, composed by multiple species and used in biomonitoring. We will elaborate frameworks for functional traits, as well as hypothetical phylogenetic trees to insert competitive and evolutive approaches and we will use several spatial approaches to infer dispersion. The main expected result is the understanding of the assembling processes in communities in different spatial scales and which may reflect biodiversity patterns in aquatic macroinvertebrates metacommunities. (AU)

Scientific publications (9)
(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)
MARTINS, CLARISSA ARAUJO; SILVEIRA, MAURICIO; SAITO, VICTOR S.; COSTA-PEREIRA, RAUL; MOREIRA SUGAI, LARISSA SAYURI; PAYS, OLIVIER; ROQUE, FABIO DE OLIVEIRA. Phylogenetic structure of communities between temperate and tropical regions: Exploring patterns through literature datasets. ACTA OECOLOGICA-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, v. 91, p. 30-34, AUG 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.
SAITO, VICTOR S.; LAROCHE, FABIEN; SIQUEIRA, TADEU; PAVOINE, SANDRINE. Ecological versatility and the assembly of multiple competitors: cautionary notes for assembly inferences. ECOLOGY, v. 99, n. 5, p. 1173-1183, MAY 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.
SAITO, VICTOR S.; VALENTE-NETO, FRANCISCO; RODRIGUES, MARCIEL ELIO; ROQUE, FABIO DE OLIVEIRA; SIQUEIRA, TADEU. Phylogenetic clustering among aggressive competitors: evidence from odonate assemblages along a riverine gradient. Oecologia, v. 182, n. 1, p. 219-229, SEP 2016. Web of Science Citations: 9.
VALENTE-NETO, FRANCISCO; SAITO, VICTOR S.; SIQUEIRA, TADEU; FONSECA-GESSNER, ALAIDE APARECIDA. Evidence of species sorting driving aquatic beetles associated with woody debris in a transitional region between Cerrado and Atlantic Forest biomes. AQUATIC ECOLOGY, v. 50, n. 2, p. 209-220, JUN 2016. Web of Science Citations: 2.
SAITO, VICTOR S.; CIANCIARUSO, MARCUS VINICIUS; SIQUEIRA, TADEU; FONSECA-GESSNER, ALAIDE A.; PAVOINE, SANDRINE. Phylogenies and traits provide distinct insights about the historical and contemporary assembly of aquatic insect communities. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, v. 6, n. 9, p. 2925-2937, MAY 2016. Web of Science Citations: 8.
SAITO, VICTOR S.; SOININEN, JANNE; FONSECA-GESSNER, ALAIDE A.; SIQUEIRA, TADEU. Dispersal traits drive the phylogenetic distance decay of similarity in Neotropical stream metacommunities. Journal of Biogeography, v. 42, n. 11, p. 2101-2111, NOV 2015. Web of Science Citations: 26.
SAITO, VICTOR S.; FONSECA-GESSNER, ALAIDE A.; SIQUEIRA, TADEU. How Should Ecologists Define Sampling Effort? The Potential of Procrustes Analysis for Studying Variation in Community Composition. Biotropica, v. 47, n. 4, p. 399-402, JUL 2015. Web of Science Citations: 1.
SIQUEIRA, TADEU; TEIXEIRA LACERDA, CAMILA GIAJ-LEVRA; SAITO, VICTOR S. How Does Landscape Modification Induce Biological Homogenization in Tropical Stream Metacommunities?. Biotropica, v. 47, n. 4, p. 509-516, JUL 2015. Web of Science Citations: 13.
SAITO, VICTOR S.; SIQUEIRA, TADEU; FONSECA-GESSNER, ALAIDE AP. Should phylogenetic and functional diversity metrics compose macroinvertebrate multimetric indices for stream biomonitoring?. Hydrobiologia, v. 745, n. 1, p. 167-179, FEB 2015. Web of Science Citations: 20.

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