Jose Alexandre Felizola Diniz-Filho

Jose Alexandre Felizola Diniz-Filho
Universidade Federal de Goiás | UFG · Departamento de Ecologia

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Introduction
Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), in Central Brazil, since 1994. Since 1996, is Productivity Researcher of CNPq (currently level 1A) and since 2014 member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. Was a member (and vice-president) of Ecology committee of CAPES, and is now vice-president (provost) for graduate studies at UFG. Research interests include macroecology, macroevolution, phylogenetic comparative methods, and geographic and population genetics.
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May 1994 - December 2015
Universidade Federal de Goiás
Position
  • Professor
April 1994 - present
Universidade Federal de Goiás
Position
  • Professor
Description
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January 1994 - December 2015
Universidade Federal de Goiás
Position
  • Professor
Education
March 1992 - May 1994
São Paulo State University
Field of study
  • Zoology

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Publications (478)
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Although spatial analysis of population genetic structure has been one of the most important ways to infer microevolutionary processes, these studies are usually focused on neutral dynamics and limited dispersal, interpreted under the theoretical reasoning of isolation-by-distance. More recently, however, there has been a growing interest on how en...
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A Correlação entre Diversidade Genética e Diversidade de Espécies (SGDC, sigla do inglês Species-Genetic Diversity Correlation) é uma abordagem de Genética de Comunidades que tem por finalidade investigar e quantificar a correlação entre a diversidade genética e a diversidade de espécies que, sob a influência de fatores ambientais, moldam os padrõe...
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O surgimento de novas mutações em linha- gens do vírus SARS-CoV-2 ganhou grande repercussão na mídia e nas redes sociais no segundo ano da pandemia. O ponto central da questão é que algumas mutações em de- terminados genes dessas linhagens podem conferir a elas maior capacidade de infecção e, talvez, maior patogenicidade. Tendo em vista que o vírus...
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Biddick & Burns (2021) proposed a null/neutral model that reproduces the island rule as a product of random drift. We agree that it is unnecessary to assume adaptive processes driving island dwarfing or gigantism, but several flaws make their approach unrealistic and thus unsuitable as a stochastic model for evolutionary size changes.
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The Tocantins-Araguaia Basin is one of the largest river systems in South America, located entirely within Brazilian territory. In the last decades, capital-concentrating activities such as agribusiness, mining, and hydropower promoted extensive changes in land cover, hydrology, and environmental conditions. These changes are jeopardizing the basin...
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Aim The Island Rule—that is, the tendency for body size to decrease in large mammals and increase in small mammals on islands has been commonly evaluated through macroecological or macroevolutionary, pattern-orientated approaches, which generally fail to model the microevolutionary processes driving either dwarfing or gigantism. Here, we seek to id...
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At least six different Homo species populated the World during the latest Pliocene to the Pleistocene. The extinction of all but one of them is currently shrouded in mystery, and no consistent explanation has yet been advanced, despite the enormous importance of the matter. Here, we use a recently implemented past climate emulator and an extensive...
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Homo sapiens is the only species alive able to take advantage of its cognitive abilities to inhabit almost all environments on Earth. Humans are able to culturally construct, rather than biologically inherit, their occupied climatic niche to a degree unparalleled within the animal kingdom. Precisely, when hominins acquired such an ability remains u...
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Aim Studying species richness patterns by considering all species as equivalent units may prevent a deeper understanding of the origin and maintenance of biodiversity. Here, we deconstructed the species richness of Neotropical lianas by specific attributes of species to study richness–environment relationships. Location Neotropics. Taxon Tribe Bi...
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The pandemic state of COVID-19 caused by the SARS CoV-2 put the world in quarantine, led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and is causing an unprecedented economic crisis. However, COVID-19 is spreading in different rates at different countries. Here, we tested the effect of three classes of predictors, i.e., socioeconomic, climatic and transport,...
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A bstract The expansion of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) triggered a renewed interest in epidemiological models and on how parameters can be estimated from observed data. Here we investigated the relationship between average number of transmissions though time, the reproductive number Rt , and social distancing index as reported by mobile...
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Caryocar brasiliense (Caryocaraceae) is a Neotropical tree species widely distributed in Brazilian Savannas. This species is very popular in central Brazil mainly by the use of its fruits in the local cuisine, and indeed it is one of the candidates, among Brazilian native plants, for fast track incorporation into cropping systems. Here we sequenced...
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Phylogenetic niche conservatism can be investigated at multiple scales on an explicit geographical context. Haplotype-based comparative analyses of lineages occupying the same region, and thus subjected to similar environmental factors, allow decoupling shared evolutionary and ecological patterns, as well as multiple dimensions of adaptive diversif...
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Conservation strategies aiming to safeguard species genetic diversity in the Cerrado are urgent. The biome is an agriculture frontier and lost at least 50% of its natural capital since the early 1950s, with the highest rate of vegetation clearing among all Brazilian biomes. Here we match information on geographic range shifts in response to climate...
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Body size is one of the most influential traits affecting many ecological and physiological processes across animal and plant taxa. Studies of the environmental factors shaping body size patterns may evaluate either temporal or spatial dimensions. Here, we analyzed body size evolution in the radiation of Anolis lizards across both geographical and...
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Despite longstanding investigation, the gradients of species richness remain unknown for most taxa because of shortfalls in knowledge regarding the quantity and distribution of species. Here, we explore the ability of a geostatistical interpolation model, regression‐kriging, to recover geographical gradients of species richness. We examined the tec...
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According to the island rule, small-bodied vertebrates will tend to evolve larger body size on islands, whereas the opposite happens to large-bodied species. This controversial pattern has been studied at the macroecological and biogeographical scales, but new developments in quantitative evolutionary genetics now allow studying the island rule fro...
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Stryphnodendron adstringens is a medicinal plant belonging to the Leguminosae family, and it is commonly found in the southeastern savannas, endemic to the Cerrado biome. The goal of this study was to assemble and annotate the chloroplast genome of S. adstringens and to compare it with previously known genomes of the mimosoid clade within Leguminos...
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Tall and structurally complex forests can provide ample habitat and niche space for climbing plants, supporting high liana species richness. We test to what extent canopy height (as a proxy of 3‐D habitat structure), climate and soil interact to determine species richness in the largest clade of Neotropical lianas. We expect that the effect of cano...
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Ecological Niche Models (ENMs) have different performances in predicting potential geographic distributions. Here we meta-analyzed the likely effects of climate change on the potential geographic distribution of 1,205 bird species from the Neotropical region, modeled using eight ENMs and three Atmosphere-Ocean General Circulation Models (AOGCM). We...
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1.The high diversity of plant species in the tropics has revealed complex phenological patterns and reproductive strategies occurring throughout the year. Describing and analysing tropical plant phenology, and detecting triggers, demands to consider the circular nature of recurrent life‐cycle events and the use of appropriated statistical metrics....
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Reptiles are highly susceptible to climate change, responding negatively to thermal and rainfall alterations mainly in relation to their reproductive processes. Based on that, we evaluated the effects of climate change on climatically suitable areas for the occurrence of snakes in the Atlantic Forest hotspot, considering the responses of distinct r...
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Results from ecological niche models usually indicate a worrying scenario in terms of biodiversity loss. Continuous efforts to improve these models (e.g., allowing for dispersal limitation) have recently been updated to include the potential of species’ persistence, in otherwise unsuitable regions, due to natural selection (a process called evoluti...
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The Hymenaea clade is a lineage of the subfamily Detarioideae of Leguminosae. The clade is currently composed of three genera: Guibourtia, Hymenaea, and Peltogyne. The genera Guibourtia and Hymenaea present an Amphi-Atlantic distribution, whereas Peltogyne is exclusively found in the Neotropics. Previous studies have focused on the phylogeny of the...
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Expanding populations may loss genetic diversity because sequential founder events throughout a wave of demographic expansion may cause “allele surfing”, as the alleles of founder individuals may propagate rapidly through space. The spatial components of allele surfing have been studied by geneticists, but have never been investigate on dynamic and...
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Aim To evaluate the effect of biogeographical history on climatic niche diversification. Location Simulated clades evolving in South America. Methods We modelled species evolution under neutral community dynamics and purposely assumed that climatic niche is an emergent property of species. This assumption allows us to better understand whether ph...
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The world is passing through abrupt climate changes that are a threat for biodiversity. Stryphnodendron adstringens (Mart.) Coville (Fabaceae) is a tree species endemic to the “Cerrado” biome with a high economic potential. Its exploitation is done in an extractive way, which, coupled with climate changes and other landscape changes, can contribute...
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One outstanding phenotypic character in Homo is its brain evolution. Pagel (Morphology, shape and phylogeny, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2002) performed a phylogenetic analysis of the evolution of cranial capacity (as a surrogate of brain size) in fossil hominins, finding evidence for gradual evolutionary change with accelerating rate. Since Pagel’s pio...
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Aim This study aims to evaluate phylogenetic structure of turtle communities and their potential correlates on a global scale. More specifically, we tested whether cold temperatures and low precipitation could act as potential environmental filters of turtle communities and whether the dispersal limitation caused by altitudinal range could generate...
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Climate change threatens freshwater fish by severely modify water quality and hydrological dynamics, hence altering the species distribution. We assessed the climate change effects on the geographical distribution of Salminus brasiliensis, a keystone species of economic interest in the La Plata River basin. Using ecological niche models, we estimat...
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Species co-occurrence in local assemblages is shaped by different processes at different spatial and temporal scales. Here we focus on historical explanations and examine the phylogenetic structure of local assemblages of the Furnariides clade (Aves: Passeriformes), assessing the influence of diversification rates on the assembly and species co-occ...
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Cave bears (Ursus spelaeus) are an iconic component of the European late Quaternary Ice Age megafauna. Recent demographic analyses based on cave bear mtDNA sequences and refined radiocarbon dating indicate that cave bear population size and genetic diversity started to decline some 50 kilo years ago (kya). Hence, neither the coldest phase of the la...
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Despite the widespread use of Ecological Niche Models (ENMs) for predicting the responses of species to climate change, these models do not explicitly incorporate any population‐level mechanism. On the other hand, mechanistic models adding population processes (e.g., biotic interactions, dispersal and adaptive potential to abiotic constraints) are...
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The idea that simplicity of explanation is important in science is as old as science itself. However, scientists often assume that parsimonious theories, hypothesis and models are more plausible than complex ones, forgetting that there is no empirical evidence to connect parsimony with credibility. The justification for the parsimony principle is s...
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South American coralsnakes are characterized by inconspicuous and poorly known species, which are potentially very sensitive to climate change. Here, we assess the impact of future climate change on the distributions of the Micrurus lemniscatus species complex after addressing the Wallacean shortfalls and refining the knowledge about their current...
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List of museums. List of museums from which specimens were examined. (PDF)
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Number of occurrence records. Number of occurrence records from museum collections and after mapping over the South American grid. (PDF)
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Ecological niche modeling methods. Ecological niche modeling methods used to estimate species potential distributions. (PDF)
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Habitat suitability maps. Consensus maps of habitat suitability derived from 12 niche modeling methods and 5 climate models. Hot colors indicate high habitat suitability; cool colors, low habitat suitability. Black dots indicate presence records used in the modeling processes; A) Micrurus l. lemniscatus, B) Micrurus l. carvalhoi, C) Micrurus diutiu...
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Results of ENM for M. l. carvalhoi. Results of ENM and analyses for M. l. carvalhoi after controlling for spatial aggregation in occurrence records. (PDF)
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List of occurrence records. List of occurrence records with the collection IDs. Collection abbreviations correspond to the museums listed in the S1 Appendix above. (PDF)
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Climatic models. Details of the climatic simulations (AOGCMs) used in the ecological niche modeling. (PDF)
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Output for factorial analysis. Loadings of the bioclimatic variables in the first five axes of varimax rotated factor analysis, based on the CCSM AOGCM. Numbers in bold highlight the highest loading of the selected variable in each factor. (PDF)
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Habitat suitability map for M. l. cavalhoi. Consensus maps of habitat suitability from ENMs for M. l. cavalhoi for A) present, and B) future after controlling for spatial autocorrelation in occurrence records. Black dots are the most equidistant records select in the environmental space. (PDF)
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Terrestrial ecoregions. Delimitation of the terrestrial ecoregions used to assess the level of species representation in protected areas. For each taxon, the selection of these areas was done by overlapping the map of habitat suitability (after applying specific decision thresholds) with the map of South American ecoregions. An ecoregion was select...
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Output of model evalution. The mean true skill statistics (TSS) values across five AOGCMs (CCSM, CNRM, GISS, MIROC and MRI) for each ENM method. (PDF)
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Spatial distribution of the sum of squares. Proportion of the sum of squares (SS) from the ANOVA accounted for by the ecological niche models (ENMs), atmosphere-ocean general circulation models (AOGCMs) and time (the present and the end of the century). Dark red indicates high SS; light red, low SS. A) Micrurus l. lemniscatus, B) Micrurus l. carval...
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Understanding how the climatic niche of species evolved has been a topic of high interest in current theoretical and applied macroecological studies. However, little is known regarding how species traits might influence climatic niche evolution. Here we evaluated patterns of climatic niche evolution in turtles (tortoises and freshwater turtles) and...
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Uncaria guianensis is native to the Amazon and is used traditionally as an anti-inflammatory. Natural populations of the species have declined markedly in recent times because of strong anthropic pressure brought about by deforestation and indiscriminate collection. The aim of the present study was to assess the genetic and chemical diversity among...
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Population parameters for all four primer pairs employed in SRAP analysis of Uncaria guianensis populations from the Amazonian region of Brazil. (XLSX)
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High performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) analyses of leaf extracts of three specimens of Uncaria guianensis populations from the Amazonian region of Brazil. The chromatograms show the standards (A) mitraphylline and (B) isomitraphylline, along with extracts from specimens collected in (C) Boca do Acre, AM (BC) in which peaks labeled a corresp...
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The complexity of ecological systems is a major challenge for practitioners and decision-makers who work to avoid, mitigate and manage environmental change. Here, we illustrate how metaecology - the study of spatial interdependencies among ecological systems through fluxes of organisms, energy, and matter - can enhance understanding and improve man...
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Human actions have caused the fragmentation of natural vegetation, habitat loss and climate change.The Cerrado, considered one of the global hotspots of diversity, has suffered great habitat loss due to these factors,which has been aggravated by the agricultural expansion that took place during the last 60 years. In this context, we chose species o...
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Species co-occurrence in local assemblages is shaped by different processes at different spatial and temporal scales. Here we focus on historical explanations and examine the phylogenetic structure of local assemblages of the Furnariides clade (Aves: Passeriformes), assessing the influence of diversification rates on the assembly and species co-occ...
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Simulating South American biodiversity The emergence, distribution, and extinction of species are driven by interacting factors—spatial, temporal, physical, and biotic. Rangel et al. simulated the past 800,000 years of evolution in South America, incorporating these factors into a spatially explicit dynamic model to explore the geographical generat...
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In the search for solutions to social and environmental challenges, all world nations have contributions to give. Brazil is no exception. On the contrary, as a megadiverse country and emerging economic power, it has a central role in this process. Between 1995 and 2014 the country made important improvements in terms of human development, including...