|Support type:||Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate|
|Effective date (Start):||April 01, 2014|
|Effective date (End):||July 31, 2018|
|Field of knowledge:||Biological Sciences - Ecology - Theoretical Ecology|
|Principal Investigator:||Denise de Cerqueira Rossa-Feres|
|Grantee:||Lilian Sayuri Ouchi de Melo|
|Home Institution:||Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil|
Currently amphibians comprise the vertebrate group most endangered on the planet. Brazil is the country with the greatest diversity of amphibians in the world . About 15 species are classified into treat categories and one species is extinct. Historical data indicate that the decline of amphibians began in the 70s , and a worsening in the degree of threatened species have started in the last 25 years. Traditional measures of diversity (alpha, beta and gamma diversity) assume that all species are equivalent, taking into consideration the high conservation value that some species exhibit nor its importance in maintaining ecosystem processes in the community. Combine approaches that integrate phylogenetic and functional diversity to the traditional measures of diversity is able to allow the understanding of the importance of species composition in terms of evolutionary history and ecological similarities. Based on this, this project aims to: i . check whether the traditional Brazilian hotspots also harbor a greater phylogenetic and functional diversity of amphibians, ii . test whether there is congruence between the diversity measured in each biome and localities within each biome , and iii. check what are the priorities for conservation in the localities at the Cerrado . An importantly consideration is that when we adopting an integrated view of biodiversity we could incorporate a big change for conservation planning and reveal details of historical, determinist and stochastic process that might act simultaneously in the community assembly.