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Metacommunity dynamics in heterogeneous landscapes

Grant number: 14/23497-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2015
Effective date (End): May 07, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Theoretical Ecology
Principal researcher:Paulo Inácio de Knegt López de Prado
Grantee:Renato Mendes Coutinho
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


In order to understand biodiversity patterns, we need to take into account not only local dynamics, but how they connect over a regional scale. Because of that, the metacommunity approach (that is, ecological communities linked by dispersal) is one of the most active fields in ecology nowadays. Ecologists recognize that there is no general metacommunity theory yet, in part due to the lack of basic mathematical models that deal with some fundamental issues.The proposed project aims to fill one of the gaps, which is the development of mathematical models of metacommunities in heterogeneous and explicitly described space. We will use the theory and toolbox from dynamical systems, as well as methods and results coming from metapopulation theory, and from the study of food web modules in community ecology. The specific goals are the development and analysis of mathematical models that (i) generalize the concept of metapopulation capacity with heterogeneous rates in metacommunities, (ii) express the effect of environmental heterogeneity on inter-specific interactions (with emphasis on intraguild predation), (iii) and display the effect of characteristics of the landscape and of the species on the metacommunity dynamics. (AU)

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LANERI, KARINA; CABELLA, BRENNO; PRADO, PAULO INACIO; COUTINHO, RENATO MENDES; KRAENKEL, ROBERTO ANDRE PRIME. Climate drivers of malaria at its southern fringe in the Americas. PLoS One, v. 14, n. 7 JUL 10 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
KLAUSCHIES, TONI; COUTINHO, RENATO MENDES; GAEDKE, URSULA. A beta distribution-based moment closure enhances the reliability of trait-based aggregate models for natural populations and communities. ECOLOGICAL MODELLING, v. 381, p. 46-77, AUG 10 2018. Web of Science Citations: 3.
MACIEL, GABRIEL ANDREGUETTO; COUTINHO, RENATO MENDES; KRAENKEL, ROBERTO ANDRE. Critical patch-size for two-sex populations. MATHEMATICAL BIOSCIENCES, v. 300, p. 138-144, JUN 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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