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Integration of environmental data sets to describe and explore Amazonian biodiversity patterns, with enlistment of Earth-orbiting satellite remote sensing information

Grant number: 16/08685-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2016
Effective date (End): August 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Geosciences
Cooperation agreement: NSF - Dimensions of Biodiversity and BIOTA
Principal Investigator:Thiago Sanna Freire Silva
Grantee:Carlos Leandro de Oliveira Cordeiro
Home Institution: Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas (IGCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:12/50260-6 - Structure and evolution of the Amazonian biota and its environment: an integrative approach, AP.BTA.TEM

Abstract

We will assess the current distribution of habitats, vegetation, and surface structure (geomorphology) of the Amazon basin, and their relationships to the underlying evolutionary and geologic processes from present to deep time. The research will employ integrated data sets from Earth-orbiting satellites and airborne sensors, to generate complex and innovative ecological datasets. These data with be then combined with local and regional ecological and phylogeographic datasets to better understand the processes that gave rise to modern Amazonian biodiversity, and predict future patterns. Data will also be combined to information on past environments, to explore patterns of taxonomic and phylogenetic endemism and species and lineage turnover. The results of these analyses will have a major impact on interpretations of the evolutionary history of the Amazon Basin. (AU)