Jose Carlos Morante-Filho

Jose Carlos Morante-Filho
Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz · Department of Biological Science

Dr. in Ecology and Conservation

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Introduction
I'm interested in understand how environmental changes in human-modified landscapes can affect the dynamic and structure of animal and plant communities, as well as key ecological processes for the ecosystem functioning. Contact: jcmfilho9@hotmail.com
Additional affiliations
March 2012 - March 2016
Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz
Position
  • PhD Student
February 2012 - February 2016
Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz
Position
  • PhD Student
February 2012 - present
Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz
Position
  • PhD candicate
Education
March 2012 - March 2016
Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz
Field of study
  • Ecologia e Conservação
March 2009 - March 2011
Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul
Field of study
  • Ecologia e Conservação
March 2004 - December 2008
Universidade Estadual Paulista
Field of study
  • Ciência Biológica

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Publications (62)
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Birds perform several ecological roles for ecosystem functioning and generate great benefits for human population in some circumstances. However, environmental disturbances, mostly due to anthropogenic actions, have caused a decrease of bird diversity and can lead to the loss of their functions in the remaining habitats. Here, we conducted a scient...
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1. Tropical forest loss can drive the extinction of forest-dependent species. Yet, non-forest species can proliferate in deforested landscapes, thus enabling community-level attributes (e.g., total abundance and richness) to be maintained in the remaining forest patches. Such compensatory dynamics have been, however, poorly investigated regarding t...
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Forest loss threatens biodiversity, but its potential effects on multitrophic ecological interactions are poorly understood. Insect herbivory depends on complex bottom-up (e.g., resource availability and plant antiherbivore defenses) and top-down forces (e.g., abundance of predators and herbivorous), but its determinants in human-altered tropical l...
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1.Biodiversity maintenance in human-altered landscapes (HALs) depends on the species turnover among localities, but the patterns and determinants of β-diversity in HALs are poorly known. In fact, declines, increases, and neutral shifts in β-diversity have all been documented, depending on the landscape, ecological group and spatial scale of analysi...
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Habitat loss is the dominant threat to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in terrestrial environments. In this study, we used an a priori classification of bird species based on their dependence on native forest habitats (forest-specialist and habitat generalists) and specific food resources (frugivores and insectivores) to evaluate their respo...
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Landscape-scale deforestation poses a major threat to global biodiversity, not only because it causes habitat loss, but also because it can drive the degradation of remaining habitat. However, the multiple pathways by which deforestation directly and indirectly affects wildlife remains poorly understood, especially for elusive forest-dependent spec...
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Aim Changes in climatic conditions are predicted to impact species distribution and hence alter their diversity patterns. Modifications in the composition of biological communities are expected as a result of the loss and replacement of species due to global warming. Forest frugivorous birds already suffer from habitat loss and may disappear locall...
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Abstract. Several phytogeographic regions (Cerrado, Pantanal, Atlantic Forest, Gran Chaco, and Chiquitano Dry Forests) converge in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, and influence regional biodiversity. Despite a list of birds in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul being published by Nunes et al. (2017), it is necessary to update and critically r...
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The Atlantic Forest remnants in southern Bahia, Brazil, contain large tree species that have suffered disturbances in recent decades. Anthropogenic activities have led to a decrease in the population of many tree species and a loss of alleles that can maintain the evolutionary fitness of their populations. This study assessed patterns of genetic di...
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Species interactions can propagate disturbances across space, though ecological and biogeographic boundaries may limit this spread. We tested whether large-scale ecological boundaries (ecoregions and biomes) and human disturbance gradients increase dissimilarity among ecological networks, while accounting for background spatial and elevational effe...
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Global biodiversity is threatened by land-use changes through human activities. This is mainly due to the conversion of continuous forests into forest fragments surrounded by anthropogenic matrices. In general, sensitive species are lost while species adapted to disturbances succeed in altered environments. However, whether the interactions perform...
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Banks-Leite et al. (2021) claim that our suggestion of preserving ≥40% forest cover lacks evidence and can be problematic. We find these claims unfounded, and discuss why conservation planning urgently requires valuable, well-supported, and feasible general guidelines like the 40% criterion. Using region-specific thresholds worldwide is unfeasible...
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Tropical forests have been intensively degraded and deforested for different anthropogenic uses, mostly associated to agricultural expansion due to increasing human demands. Therefore, an emerging number of studies has advocated on the benefits of land-sharing strategies such as agroforestry systems which conciliate biodiversity conservation with p...
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Context. Biodiversity in tropical region has declined in the last decades, mainly due to forest conversion into agricultural areas. Consequently, species occupancy in these landscapes is strongly governed by environmental changes acting at multiple spatial scales. Objectives. We investigated which environmental predictors best determines the occ...
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Banks-Leite et al. (2021) claim that our suggestion of preserving ≥40% forest cover lacks evidence and can be problematic. We find these claims unfounded, and discuss why conservation planning urgently requires valuable, well-supported, and feasible general guidelines like the 40% criterion. Using region-specific thresholds worldwide is unfeasible...
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Biodiversity-friendly agricultural systems allow the maintenance of native species even in highly fragmented landscapes by providing corridors to species dispersion and offering supplementary resources for animal populations. In the tropical region, cocoa agroforestry systems are of great importance for biodiversity conservation as they maintain pa...
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Agriculture and development transform forest ecosystems to human-modified landscapes. Decades of research in ecology have generated myriad concepts for the appropriate management of these landscapes. Yet, these concepts are often contradictory and apply at different spatial scales, making the design of biodiversity-friendly landscapes challenging....
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Anthropogenic disturbances represent the main threat to biodiversity around the globe, yet effects are not restricted to species loss. Assessing the functional diversity, which measures the range and value of ecological traits of organisms, can provide a more direct link between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Therefore, as species’ respons...
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en Tropical forests have been facing high rates of deforestation driven by multiple anthropogenic disturbances, with severe consequences for biodiversity. However, the understanding of such effects on functional diversity is still limited in tropical regions, especially considering different ecological groups responses. Here, we evaluated the funct...
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We are selecting four (4) Ph.D. candidates to conduct research in agricultural landscapes in the biodiversity-rich Atlantic Forest of northeastern Brazil. Selected candidates will study the Ecosystem Services, Restoration Ecology and Economic Valuation to achieve their Ph.D. in Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation at the Universidade Estadual de S...
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Is it possible to reconcile production with biodiversity conservation? The south of Bahia, where cocoa is planted under the shade of native forest - called cabrucas - is helping us to answer this question. Get to know a little about this region and our research in this video, and fall in love with the landscape, culture and science that we are unve...
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Habitat loss is the primary driver of biodiversity decline worldwide, but the effects of fragmentation (the spatial arrangement of remaining habitat) are debated. We tested the hypothesis that forest fragmentation sensitivity-affected by avoidance of habitat edges-should be driven by historical exposure to, and therefore species' evolutionary respo...
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It is generally assumed that deforestation affects a species consistently across space, however populations near their geographic range edge may exist at their niche limits and therefore be more sensitive to disturbance. We found that both within and across Atlantic Forest bird species, populations are more sensitive to deforestation when near thei...
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Os ambientes úmidos ao redor do mundo vêm sofrendo severos efeitos devido às atividades antrópicas que degradam e reduzem a quantidade de habitat disponível, afetando negativamente a biodiversidade. Esse padrão é observado em diferentes regiões brasileiras, como no estado do Mato Grosso do Sul. Neste estudo nós apresentamos dados sobre a composição...
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Scientists have long been trying to understand why the Neotropical region holds the highest diversity of birds on Earth. Recently, there has been increased interest in morpho- logical variation between and within species, and in how climate, topography, and anthropogenic pressures may explain and affect phenotypic variation. Because morphological d...
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Scientists have long been trying to understand why the Neotropical region holds the highest diversity of birds on Earth. Recently, there has been increased interest in morphological variation between and within species, and in how climate, topography and anthropogenic pressures may explain and affect phenotypic variation. Because morphological data...
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Study Description In a recently accepted article for publication in Ecological Applications, we observed that habitat simplification and fruit scarcity in highly deforested landscapes of Brazilian Atlantic forest limits the maintenance of forest-dependent frugivorous birds. Conversely, landscapes with higher forest edge amount showed higher diversi...
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Com apenas 12 % de cobertura florestal original, a Mata Atlântica é um dos biomas com maior biodiversidade do mundo, mesmo que muito fragmentada devido ao desmatamento para estabelecimento de cidades, pastagens e plantios diversos (monoculturas, silviculturas e agroflorestas). No entanto, nosso conhecimento ainda é limitado no entendimento de como...
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Understanding the patterns and processes driving biodiversity maintenance in fragmented tropical forests is urgently needed for conservation planning, especially in species-rich forest reserves. Of particular concern are the effects that habitat modifications at the landscape scale may have on forest regeneration and ecosystem functioning – a topic...
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Global biodiversity is increasingly threatened by land-use change, but the direct and indirect drivers of species diversity in human-modified tropical landscapes are poorly known. Forest-dependent species are expected to be particularly sensitive to changes in landscape composition (e.g., forest loss) and configuration (e.g., increase of forest edg...
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Aim Mega hydroelectric dams have become one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss in the lowland tropics. In these reservoirs, vertebrate studies have focused on local (α) diversity measures, whereas between‐site (β) diversity remains poorly assessed despite its pivotal importance in understanding how species diversity is structured and maintain...
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Forest edges influence more than half of the world's forests and contribute to worldwide declines in biodiversity and ecosystem functions. However, predicting these declines is challenging in heterogeneous fragmented landscapes. Here we assembled a global dataset on species responses to fragmentation and developed a statistical approach for quantif...
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O Programa de Pós-graduação em Ecologia e Conservação da Biodiversidade (PPGECB) da Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz (UESC), Ilhéus-BA, oferece uma vaga de pós-doutorado PNPD (Programa Nacional de Pós-Doutorado – CAPES), para realizar pesquisa em ecologia da conservação em paisagens antrópicas no sul da Bahia, em um dos trechos mais ricos em bio...
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Insect herbivory has been observed to be affected by habitat loss and fragmentation, although the mechanisms by which these anthropogenic disturbances affect this process are not well understood. To aid in clarifying this issue, we assess the relation between forest cover and leaf damage caused by herbivorous insects on a representative tropical fo...
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Forest loss and fragmentation change the dynamics and structure of remnant populations, ultimately affecting key processes with implications for ecosystem functioning. Fruit consumption has important consequences for seed dispersal, maintaining the plant demography, which is also critical to the populations of animals that utilize them for resource...
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Habitat loss is one of the primary drivers of change in forest biodiversity and ecosystem function worldwide. The synergetic effects of habitat loss and fragmentation might lead to profound impacts on forest structure and composition, conducting forest fragments towards early successional stages (retrogressive succession). In this study, we tested...
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1. Biodiversity maintenance in human-altered landscapes (HALs) depends on the species turnover among localities, but the patterns and determinants of β-diversity in HALs are poorly known. In fact, declines, increases, and neutral shifts in β-diversity have all been documented, depending on the landscape, ecological group and spatial scale of analys...
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Habitat loss threatens biodiversity in tropical forests, having harmful effects on population dynamics and, ultimately, determining the evolutionary destiny of species. Thus, understanding how habitat loss affects microevolu-tionary processes is an important step in the conservation of genetic resources. However, few studies have explored landscape...
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To determine how different habitats affect the bird community structure is fundamental for the formulation of conservation strategies. Herein, we performed a comparative study on the community of tyrant flycatchers in a mosaic of habitats in the Cerrado, located in eastern Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. The avifauna sampling was accomplished via point...
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The Upper Paraná River Basin covers approximately half of the territory of Mato Grosso do Sul state. There are two phytogeographic domains in this region: Cerrado and Atlantic Forest. Despite these domains have a high biological diversity and suffer intense anthropogenic pressure, little is known about their avifauna in this region. Thus, we presen...
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The birds of cerrado in Mato Grosso are poorly studied and although the RPPN Parque Ecológico João Basso is a natural cerrado remnant, there are no studies of fauna in this area. Thus, we conducted the first bird survey in this area to describe the avifauna composition and to analyze the spatial distribution among three habitats (gallery forest, ce...
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A better understanding of patterns of species distribution is critical to carrying out the ecological studies needed to develop more appropriate conservation plans. Here we present records for six bird species in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Five of these species (Trogon rufus, Baryphthengus ruficapillus, Notharchus swainsoni, Synallaxi...
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The Crested Black-Tyrant (Knipolegus lophotes) is a member of the Tyrannidae family that occurs throughout open areas in central, southeastern and southern Brazil. Although this species occurs in regions that surround the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, there had never been a recorded sighting in the state. Thus, information on its distribution across...

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The goal of our project is to understand how the biodiversity may contribute to the production of cacao in south of Bahia.
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The “Synthesis in Atlantic Forest Ecology and Sustainability Group” initiated its activities with the mission to develop studies aiming to synthesize knowledge on ecology and sustainability in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest ecosystem. The group aims to test hypotheses and answer key questions on ecology and sustainability using an extensive empirical multi-taxon database obtained within the Atlantic Forest. The group relies on the participation and knowledge of a large number of colleagues, the combined expertise of whom contributes to the studies realized by group members. The group was founded and is coordinated by scientists from different universities, namely Jayme Prevedello (UERJ), e Thomas Püttker (UNIFESP), Renato Crouzeilles (IIS/CSRio), Mauricio Almeida-Gomes (UFMS), Jean Paul Metzger (USP), Renata Pardini (USP), Cristina Banks-Leite (Imperial College-London), Marcus Vinicius Vieira (UFRJ), Marcelo Tabarelli (UFPE), Pedro Brancalion (ESALQ-USP), Bernardo Strassburg (IIS/CSRio/PUC-RJ), and Carlos Fonseca (UFRN).
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This project is part of REDE SISBIOTA; a research network designed to investigate how landscape-scale forest loss affects regional biodiversity patterns of and processes in anthropogenic landscapes. For this, we have selected 40 landscapes in the Brazilian Atlantic forest of southern Bahia, ranging from 5 to 98% of surrounding forest cover. The research network includes multi taxonomic surveys (plants, invertebrates, small mammals, birds and bats) and also assesses ecological processes such as fruit removal rates, seed dispersal, animal-plant network, plant herbivory and recruitment, nutrient cycling and carbon stocks in forest sites within anthropogenic landscapes.