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Climate change and vulnerability of snake and amphibian species in the Atlantic Forest hotspot

Grant number: 18/15926-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2019
Effective date (End): February 28, 2022
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Biology
Principal Investigator:Ricardo Jannini Sawaya
Grantee:Marcela Brasil de Castro Godinho
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Naturais e Humanas (CCNH). Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC). Ministério da Educação (Brasil). Santo André , SP, Brazil


Understanding species distribution patterns in space and time and historical and contemporary processes influencing species distribution can help in biodiversity management and conservation plans. In order to evaluate the degree of conservation of the biodiversity of the Atlantic Forest, the aim is identify climatic refuges of amphibians and snakes in the Atlantic Forest for present and future. To analyze what happen to the areas of potential occurrence of the species and the different components of the diversity in each refuge (taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic). For this, we will use the species distribution modeling for the definition of climate refugia in the present and in the future scenarios of climate change in two scale (10 and 30 arcminutes). We will test the hypothesis that the southeastern mountains correspond to climate refugia for snakes and amphibians because these areas have climatic stability and high rates of endemism.