Andres Lira-Noriega

Andres Lira-Noriega
Institute of Ecology INECOL | INECOL · Red de Estudios Moleculares Avanzados

PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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January 2008 - December 2014
University of Kansas
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To achieve a balance between conservation and livestock production in the context of highly degraded tropical landscapes, we need a research approach that considers relationships among biodiversity, landscape structure, and farming practices. Given that dung beetles are sensitive to both landscape changes and local scale management practices, these...
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Context Land use change modifies landscapes’ original compositions and configurations, which can have a positive, negative, or neutral effect on species diversity. The direction and magnitude of the effect depends on how each species responds to these conditions and can change depending on the scale in which it is evaluated. Objectives We evaluate...
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Site-specific pest management (SSPM) is a component of precision agriculture that relies on spatially enabled agronomic data to facilitate pest control practices within management zones rather than whole fields. Recent integration of high-resolution environmental data, multivariate clustering algorithms, and species distribution modeling has facili...
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Understanding how emergent ecological assemblages have diverged from natural states is fundamental in predicting future functioning and services of ecosystems. Coral reefs are of particular concern due to their high susceptibility to anthropogenic stressors. Yet, little is known about their pre-disturbance ranges of natural states, and most reports...
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Understanding how emergent ecological assemblages have diverged from natural states is fundamental in predicting future functioning and services of ecosystems. Coral reefs are of particular concern due to their high susceptibility to anthropogenic stressors. Yet, little is known about their pre-disturbance ranges of natural states, and most reports...
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For centuries, scientists have recognized and worked to understand how Earth's mutable landscape and climate shape the distribution and evolution of species. Here, we describe the emerging field of geogenomics, which uses the reciprocal and deep integration of geologic, climatic, and population genomic data to define and test cause-effect relations...
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Recent studies have used occupancy models (OM) and ecological niche models (ENM) to provide a better understanding of species’ distributions at different scales. One of the main ideas underlying the theoretical foundations of both OM and ENM is that they are positively related to abundance: higher occupancy implies higher density and more suitable...
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How ecological interactions vary across spatial and environmental gradients has received increasing attention in recent years, contributing to the revelation of the drivers of biodiversity. However, it is still unclear how the structure of ecological interactions varies across large spatial scales and which climatic factors are associated with such...
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Closely related species tend to be more similar than randomly selected species from the same phylogenetic tree. This pattern, known as a phylogenetic signal, has been extensively studied for intrinsic (e.g. morphology), as well as extrinsic (e.g. climatic preferences), properties but less so for ecological interactions. Phylogenetic signals of spec...
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Biological invasions are a growing threat to biodiversity. The control and eradication of exotic species established in earnest are of limited success despite high financial investments. Anticipating biological invasions based on species’ suitabilities is a cost-effective strategy given it helps identifying areas where exotic species can prosper, w...
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The genus Bursera, includes~100 shrub and trees species in tropical dry forests with its center of diversification and endemism in Mexico. Morphologically intermediate individuals have commonly been observed in Mexican Bursera in areas where closely related species coexist. These individuals are assumed to result from interspecific hybridization, b...
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Species within genus Xyleborus Eichhoff (Curculionidae: Scolytinae) live in a feeding symbiosis with ambrosia fungi and present inbreeding polygyny with highly biased sex ratios and sexual dimorphism in size. Here we evaluate the expression of sexual dimorphism, the allometric effect on shape variation, and the morphological integration of 2 body s...
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Vegetation plays a fundamental role in conserving the biological diversity of urban areas. From isolated trees to multi-hectare patches, green spaces are critical to species conservation in urban landscapes. The abundance of green spaces can regulate the availability of habitat and resources for species’ survival. In many urban areas, the lack of v...
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Interactions between cultivated and wild plants with their fungal pathogens have strong ecological, evolutionary and economic implications. Antagonistic interactions, however, have been scantily studied in an applied context by using ecological networks, phylogeny and spatial ecology concurrently. In this study, we describe for the first time, the...
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Modeling the impact of temperature on each life stage of a beetle population represents a continuing challenge. This study evaluates the effects of five temperature treatments (20, 23, 26, 29 and 32 °C) on population abundance and timing of a colony of ambrosia beetles Xyleborus affinis reared under laboratory conditions and use this data to develo...
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Many human emergent and re-emergent diseases have a sylvatic cycle. Yet, little effort has been put into discovering and modeling the wild mammal reservoirs of dengue (DENV), particularly in the Americas. Here, we show a species-level susceptibility prediction to dengue of wild mammals in the Americas as a function of the three most important biodi...
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en Global climates have been warming over the past four decades, with many implications and effects on species and natural communities, in terms of shifts in geographic and elevational ranges. Nonetheless, major knowledge gaps exist, particularly for tropical regions, as regards the timescale and rate of range shifts. We used Landsat imagery to cha...
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Ambrosia beetles from the genus Xyleborus are important vectors of fungal pathogens in forest and agricultural systems, yet the influence of temperature on their morphological development has been poorly studied. Because host colonization and ambrosial fungi cultivation is mostly restricted to females, it is possible to speculate on strong sexual d...
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Background: Vertebrates exhibit diverse sex determination systems and reptiles stand out by having highly variable sex determinations that include temperature-dependent and genotypic sex determination (TSD and GSD, respectively). Theory predicts that populations living in either highly variable or cold climatic conditions should evolve genotypic s...
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Identification of factors that determine the behavior and diversity of species is crucial to our understanding of the ecology of species and communities. Satellite remote sensing (SRS) provides information relevant to the study of biodiversity and associated environmental traits at multiple spatial and temporal resolutions. Pond-breeding amphibians...
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Identifying the mechanisms driving the distribution, diversity, and structure of parasite assemblages is critical to understand host–parasite evolution, community dynamics, and disease transmission risk. However, despite their global distribution, the broad-scale environmental factors that can affect avian haemosporidian transmission remain only pa...
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A biogeographical study of the genus group Scotussae, a clade of grasshoppers endemic to the subtropical temperate region of the La Plata Basin, South America, was performed within a phylogenetic context to test whether wing reduction reflects evolutionary and ecological processes within the clade. We used an integrative biogeographical approach to...
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Many human emergent and re-emergent diseases have a sylvatic cycle. Yet, little effort has been put into discovering and modeling the wild mammal reservoirs of dengue (DENV), particularly in the Americas. Here, we show a species-level susceptibility prediction to dengue of wild mammals in the Americas as a function of the three most important biodi...
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Climate change and habitat loss are key threats to biodiversity, by acting as controlling factors of species’ distributions. In this study, we combined ecological niche modeling with an innovative range-diversity analysis, which simultaneously addresses geographical ranges and species richness, to describe current biodiversity distribution patterns...
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1. Biodiversity studies rely heavily on estimates of species’ distributions often obtained through ecological niche modeling. Numerous software packages exist that allow users to model ecological niches using machine learning and statistical methods. However, no existing package with a graphical user interface allows users to perform model calibrat...
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The water skinks Eulamprus tympanum and E. heatwolei show thermally-induced sex determination where elevated temperatures give rise to male offspring. Paradoxically, Eulamprus species reproduce in temperatures of 12-15 °C making them outliers when compared to reptiles that use temperature as a cue for sex determination. Moreover, these two species...
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Habitat fragmentation and its effects on the persistence of populations and species are of major concern to conservation biology. Penstemon coriaceus is a rare and endemic species from the Mexican Central Plateau and adjacent foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental and Sierra Madre Oriental, which belongs to the Chihuahuan Desert ecoregion. This i...
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Aim Phylogenetic endemism (PE), which combines phylogenetic diversity (PD) and range size distributions of co‐occurring taxa, has become a useful approach for the identification of geographical hotspots using evolutionary history in conservation. However, potential limitations could preclude a general assessment of PE, especially in the presence of...
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1. Traditionally, most studies have described the organization of host-parasite interaction networks by considering only few host groups at limited geographical extents. However, host-parasite relationships are merged within different taxonomic groups and factors shaping these interactions likely differ between host and parasite groups, making grou...
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1. Wing development can influence biogeographic patterns, and much debate has been focused on the ecological conditions that favour secondary wing reductions in insects. Although grasshoppers are mostly flight‐capable, brachypterism appears to be common in many species and has been typically associated with limited dispersal abilities. 2. This stud...
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Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) (Diptera: Drosophilidae) is a pest that causes severe damage to various fruits, generating economic losses. We evaluated its potential geographic distribution under current and future climatic conditions using an ecological niche modelling approach, based on the largest available database on occurrence records for thi...
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El coyote y la zorra del desierto son 2 cánidos que habitan en simpatría en las zonas áridas de Norteamérica, en donde se ha reportado que una de las principales causas de mortalidad de las zorras es la depredación por parte de los coyotes. Sin embargo, en el desierto chihuahuense no se ha reportado ningún evento de mortalidad y es poco lo que se c...
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Surviving changing climate conditions is particularly difficult for organisms such as insects that depend on environmental temperature to regulate their physiological functions. Insects are extremely threatened by global warming, since many do not have enough physiological tolerance even to survive continuous exposure to the current maximum tempera...
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The anthropogenic introduction of alien species is one of the main causes of biota homogenization worldwide. Part of these introductions provokes biological invasions, which cause serious ecological and economic impacts from local to global scales. In order to prevent this and give proper management to exotic species, it is necessary to use predict...
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We assessed the effects of global climate change as a driver of patio-temporal biodiversity patterns in bird assemblages associated to Neotropical seasonally dry forests (NSDF). For this, we estimated the geographic distribution of 719 bird species under current and future climate (2050 and 2070) projections considering two dispersal ability assump...
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In recent years, the use of ecological niche models (ENMs) and species distribution models (SDMs) to explore the patterns and processes behind observed distribution of species has experienced an explosive growth. Although the use of these methods has been less common and more recent in marine ecosystems than in a terrestrial context, they have show...
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Delineation of management zones is one key feature of precision agriculture (PA), an agricultural management strategy which aims to maximize productivity and sustainability of crops by making optimum use of inputs. Common means of achieving this include the delineation of site-specific management zones (SSMZ), which are subregions of crop fields wh...
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Almost all lizard families in the pleurodont clade share the same XY system. This system was meticulously studied in Anolis carolinensis, where it shows a highly degenerated Y chromosome and a male-specific X chromosome dosage compensation mechanism. Corytophanids (casque-headed lizards) have been proposed as the only family in the pleurodont clade...
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Maintaining biodiversity is crucial for ensuring human well-being. The authors participated in a workshop held in Palenque, Mexico, in August 2018, that brought together 30 mostly early-career scientists working in different disciplines (natural, social and economic sciences) with the aim of identifying research priorities for studying the contribu...
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The study of the domestication process and the long-term evolution of chiles in Mexico offers a unique opportunity to explore ecological and evolutionary research questions since chiles have been used and managed continuously since the last 6,000 years. Despite a few efforts to understand domesticated chiles’ origin in Mesoamerica, little is known...
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Systematic conservation planning provides a framework to identify representative areas of biodiversity, but its effectiveness depends on the choice of surrogates and targets. Mexico has conducted participatory and comprehensive gap analyses. We present the results of two independent surrogate assessments to test the criteria used in Mexico's spatia...
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El conjunto de ideas, métodos y programas informáticos que se conoce como “Modelado de Nicho Ecológico” (MNE)—y el relacionado “Modelado de Distribución de Especies” (MDS)—han sido objeto de intensa exploración e investigación en las últimas décadas. A pesar de existir al menos cuatro síntesis publicadas, este campo ha crecido tanto en complejidad,...
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Maintaining biodiversity is crucial for ensuring human well-being. We participated in a workshop held in Palenque, Mexico, in August 2018, that brought together thirty mostly early-career scientists working in different disciplines (natural, social and economic sciences) with the aim of identifying research priorities for studying the contributions...
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On the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Diphysa americana is one of the first species to colonize coastal dunes and it is very common to find this species as isolated trees in abandoned sites that were deforested for agricultural purposes. Different species of frugivorous birds perch in these trees, dropping fruit and seeds in their shade. This species...
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Araceli Aguilar y Andrés Lira, apoyándose en mapas, describen por primera vez los territorios donde se encuentran las cuatro especies nativas de chiles y las dos especies introducidas en México. Entre las cuatro especies nativas, las formas silvestres y domesticadas de Capsicum annuum destacan por tener presencia en la mayoría de las regiones bioge...
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Augmenting accuracy and reliability of predictions in the woodboring beetle population dynamics is worthy information to anticipate potential plagues or extinctions, ensure sustainable ecosystems and estimate impact at new environmental scenarios due to climate change. This study focuses in the genus Xyleborus by rearing the beetle X. affinis, a sp...
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We analyze the invasive potential of two Asian ambrosia beetles, Xyleborus glabratus and Euwallacea sp., into Mexico and the southern United States. The fungal symbionts of these beetles have been responsible for damage to trees of the family Lauraceae, including Persea americana and other non-cultivated tree species on both coasts of the United St...
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Eduardo H. Rapoport’s seminal book, Areography, was significant for the foundation of macroecology and development of geographical ecology. Indeed, one of the most studied macroecological patterns is the so-called Rapoport’s rule – the tendency of species geographic ranges to be smaller towards lower latitudes. However, several of Rapoport’s pionee...
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The Andes harbour an outstanding taxonomic and ecological diversity, for which several mechanisms promoting diversification, including ecological gradients and allopatric speciation, have been cited. The grasshopper genus Orotettix is an informative but challenging group to study diversification mechanisms because species in the genus are morpholog...
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The importance of anthropogenic activities in reshaping biodiversity is increasing fast. Interactive effects of climate change, biological invasions and species replacement are poorly understood, particularly at large scales and in megadiverse biomes. We aimed to assess the effects of climate change as a driver of spatio-temporal biodiversity patte...
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Phytosanitary agencies conduct plant biosecurity activities, including early detection of potential introduction pathways, to improve control and eradication of pest and pathogen incursions. For such actions, analytical tools based on solid scientific knowledge regarding plant-pest or pathogen relationships for pest risk assessment are needed. Rece...
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En 2016 implementamos un sistema de seminarios de enseñanza en formato de videos libres y accesibles desde internet, con la finalidad de dar a conocer de forma sencilla y en castellano, las bases conceptuales y aplicaciones de la ecología espacial y los modelos de nicho ecológico en estudios de ecología, conservación biológica, epidemiología y agro...
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This study is part of a larger effort by The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food (TEEBAgFood), from the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), which has been “designed to provide a comprehensive economic evaluation of the ‘ecoagri-food systems’ complex, and demonstrate that the economic environment in which far...