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Variation of plant-pollinator networks and pairwise interactions across space and time

Grant number: 14/01594-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2014
Effective date (End): October 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems Ecology
Principal Investigator:Leonor Patricia Cerdeira Morellato
Grantee:Daniel Wisbech Carstensen
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):15/03275-6 - Predicting spatial and temporal variation in species interaction networks, BE.EP.PD

Abstract

The application of network theory in ecology has brought about great advances in the study of communities and biotic interactions over the last twenty years. More recently, acknowledging that such networks are not static, the field has seen an increased focus on their dynamics. Current advances have especially focused on temporal dynamics, showing that variation over time in species composition and the identity of interactions is indeed high. However, network variability across space and the combined effects of space and time remains poorly explored. In this project, I propose to advance in this field by studying the detailed structures of the networks formed by the entire plant-pollinator communities as well as the determinants of visitation patterns on the population level. Based on a original collection of data, in conjunction with data to be collected during the time of the project on the plant-pollination interactions of the highly diverse rupestrian fields at Serra do Cipó, MG, Southeartern Brazil, I seek to answer questions about what determines the identity of pairwise interactions and how fine scale temporal and spatial variation affects network structures and detailed visitation patterns. Specifically, I ask: 1) What drives the variation of plant-pollination interactions across space? 2) How do fine-scale temporal changes in phenology influence pollinator visitation patterns? 3) How do time and space interrelate affecting plant-pollinator interactions? The results of the project will enlighten our understanding of plants and pollinators interactions and its spatio-temporal components. Also, our results will be relevant to define more comprehensive strategies for conservation and management of biodiversity that includes interactions between species as well as contribute to conserve interaction-based ecosystem services.

Scientific publications (5)
(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)
MEDEIROS, HUGO REIS; HOSHINO, ADRIANO THIBES; RIBEIRO, MILTON CEZAR; MORALES, MIRIAN NUNES; MARTELLO, FELIPE; PEREIRA NETO, OSVALDO COELHO; CARSTENSEN, DANIEL WISBECH; MENEZES JUNIOR, AYRES DE OLIVEIRA. Non-crop habitats modulate alpha and beta diversity of flower flies (Diptera, Syrphidae) in Brazilian agricultural landscapes. BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION, v. 27, n. 6, p. 1309-1326, MAY 2018. Web of Science Citations: 5.
CARSTENSEN, DANIEL W.; TROJELSGAARD, KRISTIAN; OLLERTON, JEFF; MORELLATO, LEONOR PATRICIA C. Local and regional specialization in plant-pollinator networks. OIKOS, v. 127, n. 4, p. 531-537, APR 2018. Web of Science Citations: 4.
SILVEIRA, FERNANDO A. O.; NEGREIROS, DANIEL; BARBOSA, NEWTON P. U.; BUISSON, ELISE; CARMO, FLAVIO F.; CARSTENSEN, DANIEL W.; CONCEICAO, ABEL A.; CORNELISSEN, TATIANA G.; ECHTERNACHT, LIVIA; WILSON FERNANDES, G.; GARCIA, QUEILA S.; GUERRA, TADEU J.; JACOBI, CLAUDIA M.; LEMOS-FILHO, JOSE P.; LE STRADIC, SOIZIG; MORELLATO, LEONOR PATRICIA C.; NEVES, FREDERICO S.; OLIVEIRA, RAFAEL S.; SCHAEFER, CARLOS E.; VIANA, PEDRO L.; LAMBERS, HANS. Ecology and evolution of plant diversity in the endangered campo rupestre: a neglected conservation priority. PLANT AND SOIL, v. 403, n. 1-2, p. 129-152, JUN 2016. Web of Science Citations: 151.
CARSTENSEN, DANIEL W.; SABATINO, MALENA; MORELLATO, LEONOR PATRICIA C. Modularity, pollination systems, and interaction turnover in plant-pollinator networks across space. ECOLOGY, v. 97, n. 5, p. 1298-1306, MAY 2016. Web of Science Citations: 16.
TROJELSGAARD, KRISTIAN; JORDANO, PEDRO; CARSTENSEN, DANIEL W.; OLESEN, JENS M. Geographical variation in mutualistic networks: similarity, turnover and partner fidelity. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, v. 282, n. 1802 MAR 7 2015. Web of Science Citations: 48.

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