Daniel M. Casali

Daniel M. Casali
University of São Paulo | USP

Doctor of Philosophy


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Citations since 2017
64 Research Items
214 Citations
Interested in mammalian systematics, especially of Xenarthra, and in phylogenetic and macroevolutive methods.
August 2014 - August 2016
January 2008 - January 2013


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There is an urgent need to improve our understanding of the global richness of living organisms, which is vital to protect Earth's evolutionary diversity, especially in times of rapid species loss. In this perspective, research that seeks to contribute to the taxonomic and phylogenetic understanding and aggregate information on distribution patterns of poorly studied groups are fundamental strategies to reduce the impact of the scientific shortfalls (Linnean, Darwinian and Wallacean) and expand our knowledge about biodiversity. Neotropical bats of the Emballonuridae family, in particular, deserve attention, because despite advances in its systematics, there is still a lack of taxonomic and biogeographic studies for most taxa. Therefore, this project aims to improve our understanding of emballonurid bat diversity, focusing on Brazilian taxa, with a taxonomic, phylogenetic and biogeographic approach. In addition to taxonomic reviews, an interactive taxonomic key and a catalog of Emballonuridae from Brazil will be generated. To investigate and describe the taxonomic diversity, an integrative approach will be adopted, based on examination of morphological complexes of specimens deposited in scientific collections, along with to phylogenetic reconstructions using molecular data. In order to contribute to the knowledge about the geographic distribution of the Emballonuridae occurring in Brazil, the known locations for these species will be georeferenced, enabling the recognition of biogeographic patterns, sample gaps, endemism areas and richness models. This project will consolidate a research group about Emballonuridae in Brazil, with researchers trained to conduct studies on systematics and taxonomy. The products of this study will not be limited to the scientific crowd but will be useful to environmental analysts through the catalog and the interactive key and the general public through science communication texts. Finally, the data generated during the development of this project will have the potential to subsidize research with Emballonuridae in several areas, having results in long term.
Through this project, we investigated the macroevolutionary and ecological aspects of the evolution of the Akodontini rodents, using stable isotopes, phylogenetic comparative methods and functional morphology.
The apid subfamily Eucerinae comprises six tribes: Ancylaini, Emphorini, Eucerini, Exomalopsini, Tapinotaspidini, and Teratognathini. Herein a phylogenetic study of the Eucerinae is proposed, with an emphasis on the Neotropical components of the subfamily. To archive this goal, Ultraconserved Elements (UCEs) will be obtained by next-generation sequencing and used for phylogenomic inferences. Our main goals are: 1) propose a stable classification for tribes and genera that reflect phylogenetic relationships within Eucerinae; 2) infer a biogeographic scenario for the diversification of the subfamily, considering the divergence time estimations for the lineages of Eucerinae, present-day distribution of taxa, and past geoclimatic events.