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I am a biologist with PhD in Botany (1997) and associate professor at University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. I coordinate the Tropical Forest Ecology Laboratory (LABTROP) and our main focus is in studies about diversity and dynamics of tropical plant communities. (Source: Lattes Curriculum)
Explaining the coexistence of species in the same trophic level with similar resource requirements remains an intriguing ecological question, particularly in diverse tropical systems. Coexistence has historically been associated only with local processes, however regional processes can also be key determinants of community assembly. Integrating processes across local to regional scales ...
The unified neutral theory of Biodiversity and Biogeography (Hubbell 2001) presents stochastic processes as sufficient conditions for community structuration, in spite of biologic interactions and niche differentiation between species. While Hubbell's neutral model highlights the neutral drift with diversity stabilization by immigration and speciation, niche models give importance to na...
The edge effect promotes microclimate changes that increase the mortality of large trees - i.e., individuals typical of advanced stages of succession - and the density of pioneer species. Thus, the edge effect leads to the process of "retrograde succession" during which the vegetation is simplified in structure and composition, leading to fragments dominated by pioneer species. This pro...
Deforestation is the main factor leading to biomass loss in tropical regions, but the effects of forest fragmentation on biomass stocks are poorly understood. Fragmentation acts on biomass through floristic and functional simplification of plant community on edge-affected areas. In this process of biotic homogenization, emergent, large-seeded, shade tolerant species are preferentially a...
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MELITO, Melina Oliveira. Efeitos da fragmentação florestal na biomassa em florestas tropicais. 2016. Tese (Doutorado) – Instituto de Biociências. Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo. (14/05052-1)
GONÇALVES, Luísa Novara Monclar. Efeito do distúrbio nas estratégias de vida : dinâmicas evolutivas e ecológicas. 2017. Dissertação (Mestrado) - Instituto de Biociências. Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo. (14/27349-6)
JURINITZ, Cristiane Follmann. Ecologia das populações de duas espécies arbóreas em fragmentos florestais no planalto Atlântico Paulista. 2010. Tese (Doutorado) – Instituto de Biociências. Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo. (05/54782-3)
STUART, Julia. Leguminosas fixadoras de nitrogênio facilitam outras espécies arbóreas em uma floresta de restinga?. 2011. Dissertação (Mestrado) - Instituto de Biociências. Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo. (08/51698-0)