Marcos Robalinho Lima

Marcos Robalinho Lima
Universidade Estadual de Londrina | UEL · Departamento de Biologia Animal e Vegetal

Dr. in Ecology

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Introduction
I got my Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from Universidade de Brasília in 2003 and did my Masters by research in ecology (2004-2006) and a PhD in ecology (2008-2012) at the same university. . I have research experience in Ecology, Invasion Ecology, Molecular Ecology, Parasitism and Behavioral Ecology. My main interests are in using molecular tools to study conservation biology, invasive species and avian malaria
Additional affiliations
February 2014 - August 2015
Universidade Estadual de Londrina
Position
  • Pos-Doc in Ecology
August 2008 - July 2012
University of Brasília
Position
  • PhD Student

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Publications (45)
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The Atlantic Forest (AF) is one of the most important and threatened biodiversity hotspots worldwide, and despite its wide geographical extension, only 9.1% of its area is under legal protection. Due to the low investment of resources, it is important to identify conservation priority areas for the AF and one effective strategy is the detection of...
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Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive and chronic neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system. Early treatment for PD is efficient; however, long-term systemic medication commonly leads to deleterious side-effects. Strategies that enable more selective drug delivery to the brain using smaller dosages, while crossing the complex brai...
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Host phylogenetic relatedness and ecological similarity are thought to contribute to parasite community assembly and infection rates. However, recent landscape level anthropogenic changes may disrupt host-parasite systems by impacting functional and phylogenetic diversity of host communities. We examined whether changes in host functional and phylo...
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Studies contrasting parasite prevalence and host-parasite community structure between pristine and disturbed environments will improve our understanding of how deforestation affects disease transmission and parasite extinction. To determine how infection rates of a common and diverse group of avian blood parasites (Plasmodium and Haemoproteus) resp...
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In order to be able to understand the ecological and evolutionary processes involved in the emergence of infectious diseases, one needs to comprehend how parasites arrive at new geographical areas and how they manage to maintain viable populations and even expand their ranges. We discuss host specificity in avian haemosporidians and how encounter a...
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The use of autonomous recording units for the monitoring of birds has increased over the years. However, the time needed to listen to the recordings still remains a strong limitation, particularly for highly diverse communities. We aimed to optimize listening effort of trained observers by identifying the periods with the highest species detection...
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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that affects the Central Nervous System (CNS). Insect venoms show high molecular variability and selectivity in the CNS of mammals and present potential for the development of new drugs for the treatment of PD. In this study, we isolated and identified a component of the venom of...
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Aim Environmental and spatial factors are broadly recognized as important predictors of beta diversity patterns. However, the scale at which beta diversity patterns are evaluated will affect the outcoming results. For example, studies at larger scales will usually find spatial processes as the main predictor of beta diversity patterns. In this stud...
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Restoration practices are designed to reverse the negative effects of human activities on the environment, allowing the recovery of biodiversity and ecosystem functions. However, restoration activities require monitoring the recolonization of faunal assemblages to assess whether ecosystem functions and services performed by them have been recovered...
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Fish are widely used in scientific research, and many species are bred for ornamental purposes and human consumption. Despite the large number of fish kept in captivity, research on the welfare of these animals has only recently intensified. One commonly used method for improving fish welfare is environmental enrichment, and the issue of animal den...
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If a forest fragment maintains original heterogeneous habitat conditions after deforestation and fragmentation of the landscape, is it possible that distinct communities can still remain within the forest remnant as they once occurred in the continuous forest landscape? In the present study, we assessed whether a single forest fragment could harbou...
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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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The delineation of unique areas in biodiversity is crucial for conservation planning. However, identification of distinct biotas is a challenging task. In this study, we use an objective analytical process to test if bird and plant species composition of three different forest formation in the Atlantic forest Biome is sufficiently distinct to merit...
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Biological invasion is one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss and ecosystem damage. Invasive species are difficult to eradicate and prevention is considered the best approach. The pied crow (Corvus albus) was recently recorded in eastern Brazil (South America). This African bird species is being considered as a “native invader” in South Afric...
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Pathological anxiety is among the most common psychiatric illnesses, but current treatment is highly limited. In this study, we investigated the potential anxiolytic-like effects of a peptide isolated from Synoeca surinama venom. Rats treated with this peptide spent more time exploring the open arms of elevated plus maze, which indicates an anxioly...
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Human activities have modified landscapes worldwide, promoting fragmentation and isolation of forest habitats. Such landscape modifications are responsible for changes in species composition due to extinction and colonization events. Forest species dynamism is usually affected by forest fragmentation when remaining fragments are small and isolated,...
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In this study, we tested the potential of restored areas to maintain biodiversity in the scope of a recently proposed category of protected area called “Restoration Reserves”. To accomplish this, we compared bird richness and functional group structure of two small forest fragments (<250ha) with adjacent recently reforested areas (9 and 7 years of...
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Different ecological parameters are associated with the selection of nests and breeding sites in birds. Understanding nest-site selection and the subsequent consequences for reproductive success are critical to a full understanding of how natural selection shapes birds' nesting behavior. Between 2007 and 2008, we evaluated nest-site characteristics...
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Knowing the genetic variation that occurs in pathogen populations and how it is distributed across geographical areas is essential to understand parasite epidemiology, local patterns of virulence, and evolution of host-resistance. In addition, it is important to identify populations of pathogens that are evolutionarily independent and thus ‘free’ t...
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Despite many studies on avian blood parasites, we still have a limited understanding of the mechanisms that drive patterns of haemosporidian infection among tropical birds, including effects associated with sex, age, and seasonality. Using molecular and morphological methods for blood-parasite detection, we found that juvenile White-banded Tanagers...
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Abundances and distributions of species are usually associated. This implies that as a species declines in abundance so does the number of sites it occupies. Conversely, when there is an increase in a species' range size, it is usually followed by an increase in population size (Gaston et al. ). This ecological phenomenon, also known as the abundan...
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Biogeographic patterns of parasite diversity are useful for determining how host-parasite interactions can influence speciation. However, variation in methodologies and sampling effort can skew diversity estimates. Avian haemosporidians are vector-transmitted blood parasites represented by over 1300 unique genetic lineages spread across over 40 cou...
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Introduced species are interesting systems for the study of contemporary evolution in new environments because of their spatial and temporal scales. For this study we had three aims: (i) to determine how genetic diversity and genetic differentiation of introduced populations of the house sparrow (Passer domesticus) in Brazil varies with range expan...
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Comparison of phenotypic differentiation (PST – solid line) with the upper 95% confidence interval (C.I.) for neutral genetic differentiation (FST, solid red line), while the ratio c/h2 was varied from zero to 2. The dashed black lines represents the 95% C.I. for the PST calculations, while the dashed red line represent the null assumption that c =...
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Comparison of phenotypic differentiation (PST – solid line) with the upper 95% confidence interval (C.I.) for neutral genetic differentiation (FST, solid red line), while the ratio c/h2 was varied from zero to 2. The dashed black lines the 95% C.I. for the PST calculations, while the dashed red line represent the null assumption that c = h2. Result...
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SUMMARY Studies on avian haemosporidia are on the rise, but we still lack a basic understanding of how ecological and evolutionary factors mold the distributions of haemosporidia among species in the same bird community. We studied the structure and organization of a local avian haemosporidian assemblage (genera Plasmodium and Haemoproteus) in the...
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Sampling sites of house sparrows, geographic grouping, sample size, number of positives, overall prevalence of infection and number of mixed infections of haemosporidian lineages. (RTF)
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Lineage names, parasite genus (H = Haemoproteus, P = Plasmodium), GenBank accession numbers and number of infections per country; Italy (It), France (Fr), Spain (Sp), Bulgaria (Bu), Czech Republic (Cz), Romania (Ro), Russia (Ru), Lithuania (Lit), Norway (No), Sweden (Sw), Egypt (Eg), Israel (Is), Turkey (Tk), Mexico (Mx), USA (USA), Argentina (Ar),...
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Invasive species can displace natives, and thus identifying the traits that make aliens successful is crucial for predicting and preventing biodiversity loss. Pathogens may play an important role in the invasive process, facilitating colonization of their hosts in new continents and islands. According to the Novel Weapon Hypothesis, colonizers may...
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Guira Cuckoos (Guira guira) are cooperative breeders with joint nests, where several breeding and nonbreeding males and females remain in a cohesive unit through repeated breeding attempts within a single territory. We used nine microsatellite markers to analyze parentage and relatedness in a population of Guira Cuckoos in central Brazil, comprisin...
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Blood parasites play a fundamental role in the ecology and evolution of passerine birds because they are able to affect the fitness and survival of their hosts. The prevalence of avian malarial parasites among host species can vary from 0 to 100% but the ecological and evolutionary reasons for this variation are not clear. In this study we tested i...
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Species that are introduced to novel environments can lose their native pathogens and parasites during the process of introduction. The escape from the negative effects associated with these natural enemies is commonly employed as an explanation for the success and expansion of invasive species, which is termed the enemy release hypothesis (ERH). I...
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Infanticide in species with shared reproduction may indicate attempts to control the degree of skew within groups. Alternatively, individuals that have done poorly in reproduction could use infanticide for hastening the next breeding attempt. Many factors influence the individual’s decision over whether it is best to cooperate or engage in destruct...
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Egg characteristics have been used to determine egg maternity for birds in situations where two or more females lay eggs in a single nest (as in communal breeders and intraspecific parasites). We assessed the applicability of egg morphometry and eggshell appearance in ascribing egg ownership in communal clutches of guira cuckoos Guira guira, a spec...
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Diffusely adhering Escherichia coli (E. coli) strains (DAEC) represent a potential cause of diarrhoea in infants, and the detection of type three secretion system (TTSS) genes in DAEC would substantiate their pathogenic nature. In this work, four isolates of DAEC, recovered from stools of diarrhoeic children, were analysed by PCR, in order to detec...
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Dissertação (mestrado)—Universidade de Brasília, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Departamento de Ecologia, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia, 2006. O anu branco (Guira guira) é uma espécie de reprodução comunitária, onde duas ou mais fêmeas utilizam o mesmo ninho para reprodução. Como os membros do grupo não são necessariamente aparentados, o...

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We study patterns of parasite sharing between domestic animals and wildlife to better understand how anthropogenic change will impact parasite spread and disease emergence. Our work focuses on a number of host-parasite systems, including mammalian helminths, arthropod ectoparasites and avian malaria.