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Biodiversity conservation in the Corumbataí River Basin, SP: vertebrates potential distribution and landscape-related biodiversity scenarios

Grant number: 06/04878-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2006
Effective date (End): November 30, 2009
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Forestry Resources and Forestry Engineering - Nature Conservation
Principal Investigator:Hilton Thadeu Zarate do Couto
Grantee:Katia Maria Paschoaletto Micchi de Barros Ferraz
Host Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil


Habitat fragmentation is one of the main causes of biodiversity reduction strongly influencing species distribution and abundance. Predictive modeling of species distribution allow us to understand which factors may affect their distribution and abundance and also to preview possible alterations in this pattern. This study aims to elaborate biodiversity scenarios through predictive modeling of vertebrates (birds, medium-to-large size mammals and stream fishes), based on ecological niche modeling. The study will be carried out at Corumbataí river basin due to its great importance for biodiversity conservation in the region. This study will be developed in five steps: a) Vertebrate survey: species occurrence will be inferred by direct and indirect observations in the field. Study sites will be selected by the systematic stratified sampling method, in eight strata: sugar cane, pasture, silviculture and forest, in areas under and upper 710 meters; b) Predictive models of species distribution: models with presence data and environmental layers, such as, land cover, aspect, geology, slope etc will be performed in OpenModeller software; c) Model validation: models will be validated statistically through confusion matrix and quantitative indexes; d) Biodiversity scenarios: they will be generated based on species richness of the basin; and, e) Landscape influence in biodiversity scenarios: possible effects of landscape alterations (land use simulation) in biodiversity scenarios will be evaluated in terms of expansion and retraction of potential species distribution models. Results could provide a prognostic of species potential distribution in relation to landscape and also they could allow us to evaluate possible landscape effects in the species distribution pattern, aiming to contribute to the biodiversity management and conservation in Sao Paulo State.

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NAGY-REIS, MARIANA; OSHIMA, JULIA EMI DE FARIA; KANDA, CLAUDIA ZUKERAN; PALMEIRA, FRANCESCA BELEM LOPES; DE MELO, FABIANO RODRIGUES; MORATO, RONALDO GONCALVES; BONJORNE, LILIAN; MAGIOLI, MARCELO; LEUCHTENBERGER, CAROLINE; ROHE, FABIO; et al. NEOTROPICAL CARNIVORES: a data set on carnivore distribution in the Neotropics. ECOLOGY, v. 101, n. 11, . (14/01986-0, 12/14245-2, 10/05343-5, 13/50421-2, 06/04878-7, 17/21816-0, 05/00405-4, 13/24453-4, 15/22844-1, 13/07162-6, 15/19439-8, 16/11595-3, 19/04851-1, 15/18381-6, 13/04957-8, 14/23095-0, 14/09300-0, 11/06782-5, 15/17739-4, 11/22449-4, 14/23132-2, 14/10192-7, 12/00534-2, 14/14925-9)
MICCHI DE BARROS FERRAZ, KATIA MARIA PASCHOALETTO; DE SIQUEIRA, MARINEZ FERREIRA; ALEXANDRINO, EDUARDO ROBERTO; APOLINARIO DA LUZ, DANIELA TOMASIO; ZARATE DO COUTO, HILTON THADEU. Environmental suitability of a highly fragmented and heterogeneous landscape for forest bird species in south-eastern Brazil. ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, v. 39, n. 4, p. 316-324, . (05/00405-4, 06/04878-7)
PUTTKER, THOMAS; CROUZEILLES, RENATO; ALMEIDA-GOMES, MAURICIO; SCHMOELLER, MARINA; MAURENZA, DANIEL; ALVES-PINTO, HELENA; PARDINI, RENATA; VIEIRA, MARCUS V.; BANKS-LEITE, CRISTINA; FONSECA, CARLOS R.; et al. Indirect effects of habitat loss via habitat fragmentation: A cross-taxa analysis of forest-dependent species. Biological Conservation, v. 241, . (14/09300-0, 05/00405-4, 14/10192-7, 06/04878-7, 08/03724-1, 11/06782-5, 04/04820-3, 14/14503-7, 13/50718-5, 11/19767-4, 08/01866-3, 13/22679-5, 14/14925-9, 99/09635-0)

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