Marianna Simoes

Marianna Simoes
Senckenberg Research Institute · Senckenberg German Entomological Institute

PhD

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Introduction
I am the Coleoptera Curator and researcher at Senckenberg Deutsches Entomologisches Institut (SDEI) . My research integrates phylogenetics, historical and ecological biogeography, with interest in probing macroevolutionary patterns and processes. Thus far, much of my research has focused on the evolution of leaf beetles, but I have also worked on other groups, including marine crustaceans. grasshoppers, bees, and ultimately my work is question driven.
Additional affiliations
August 2012 - December 2017
University of Kansas
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • The focus of my dissertation was to explore associations between climate and adaptational morphology across the geographic distribution of the leaf beetle clade Dorynotini.
February 2010 - January 2012
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Position
  • Master's Student
Description
  • My thesis focus was to study the alpha taxonomy and systematics of the tortoise beetle genus Mesomphalia

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Publications (55)
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The Neotropical tribe Dorynotini is characterized by a conspicuous tubercle or spine adorning the elytra, which, along with a few other characters, has been used to differentiate its recognized five genera and two subgenera. However, relationships among these taxa and the evolutionary origin of the pronounced tubercle remain speculative. Here we pr...
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Climatic variables have been the main predictors employed in ecological niche modeling and species distribution modeling, although biotic interactions are known to affect species’ spatial distributions via mechanisms such as predation, competition, and mutualism. Biotic interactions can affect species’ responses to abiotic environmental changes dif...
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The Red Queen hypothesis (RQH) is both familiar and murky, with a scope and range that has broadened beyond its original focus. Although originally developed in the palaeontological arena, it now encompasses many evolutionary theories that champion biotic interactions as significant mechanisms for evolutionary change. As such it de-emphasizes the i...
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1. Phenotypic change across environmental gradients has been an important topic in evolutionary biology. Members of the tortoise beetle tribe Dorynotini are characterised by an elytral suture adorned with either a tubercle or a large, vertical spine. Overall spine height across species had previously been posited to exhibit a latitudinal gradient o...
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Evolutionary radiations have intrigued biologists for more than 100 years, and our understanding of the patterns and processes associated with these radiations continues to grow and evolve. Recently it has been recognized that there are many different types of evolutionary radiation beyond the well-studied adaptive radiations. We focus here on mult...
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A growing number of cases of the spread and establishment of non-native species outside their previously known ranges has been reported in recent years. Here we report new distributional records of Lepturges (Lepturges) limpidus Bates, 1872 (Cerambycidae) from Argentina and investigate whether these records could represent established populations....
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The genus Thalpomena Saussure comprises nine species and four subspecies and is largely endemic to the Atlas Mountains (North Africa). Here, we used an evolutionary taxonomic approach to differentiate the species of the genus Thalpomena and to reconstruct their biogeographic history. Phylogenetic tree reconstruction based on five molecular markers...
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The global struggle to conserve as many species as possible with limited resources requires an improvement of our knowledge on the distribution of biodiversity. In Iran, the state of knowledge is poor for most groups of organisms, except few vertebrate groups and vascular plants. Reptiles are one of the best known, most diverse vertebrate groups in...
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Empirical and theoretical studies suggest that marine species respond to ocean warming by shifting ranges poleward and/or into deeper depths. However, future distributional patterns of deep-sea organisms, which comprise the largest ecosystem of Earth, remain poorly known. We explore potential horizontal range shifts of benthic shallow-water and dee...
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Human-induced ecological and climatic changes have led to the decline and even local extinction of many formerly widely distributed temperate and cold-adapted species. Determining the exact causes of this decline remains difficult. Bryodemella tuberculata was a widely distributed orthopteran species before the mid-19th century. Since then, many Eur...
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An annotated catalog of the type specimens of the subfamily Cassidinae Gyllenhal, 1813 sensu stricto (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) housed at the Zoological Museum of Hamburg (ZMH), Center of Natural History, Hamburg (CeNak) is provided. Information on 29 syntypes, previously unknown for the ZHM collection, is given, and new distributional records are...
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Sphingonotus (Sphingonotus) rubescens (Walker, 1870) occurs from the Atlantic Islands to central and southern Asia, but its ecological preferences and the potential drivers that shaped its currently extensive distribution remain unknown. We review the known occurrence data for S. rubescens and reconstruct its current and palaeoclimatic niche (Last...
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The ENMTools software package was introduced in 2008 as a platform for making measurements on environmental niche models (ENMs, frequently referred to as species distribution models or SDMs), and for using those measurements in the context of newly developed Monte Carlo tests to evaluate hypotheses regarding niche evolution. Additional functionalit...
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Subsocial behaviour is known to occur in at least 19 insect orders and 17 families of Coleoptera. Within the leaf beetle family, Chrysomelidae, extended maternal care is reported in only 2 of 15 subfamilies: Cassidinae and Chrysomelinae. Although the emergence of subsociality in insects has received much attention, extensive analyses on the evoluti...
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Ecological niche modeling (ENM) and species distribution modeling (SDM) are sets of tools that allow the estimation of distributional areas on the basis of establishing relationships among known occurrences and environmental variables. These tools have a wide range of applications, particularly in biogeogra-phy, macroecology, and conservation biolo...
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The deep NW Pacific has been intensively analyzed in the last decade, during an international collaboration between German and Russian scientists, which has resulted in a vast, unique collection of material from previously unexplored areas. Until now, the environmental forces that could be driving species richness patterns in the deep NW Pacific ha...
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The Northwestern (NW) Pacific Ocean lies in one of the most productive, speciose, and diverse regions of the World Ocean, and includes several shallow-water oceanic islands and deep-sea basins of varying depth, hydrology, and degree of isolation. The adjacent Arctic Ocean areas include the northern Bering and southern Chukchi Seas of the Arctic Oce...
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Scattered records indicate that people keep stingless bees in Nepal, but there is no published information on the identity of the bees or their natural history. We investigated the occurrence of stingless bees in Nepal through field surveys across the Terai and Pahad regions (21 districts and 12 zones). We identified a single species, provisionally...
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Brief on the Beneficial project, a project of bilateral collaboration between Russian (Russian Academy of Science) and German (Senckenberg research Institute and Goethe University) research institutes, with the aim to provide a comprehensive study of the biogeography and biodiversity of the NW Pacific area, through integration of data gathered from...
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The Neotropical tribe Dorynotini is characterized by a conspicuous tubercle or spine adorning the elytra, which, along with a few other characters, has been used to differentiate its recognized five genera and two subgenera. However, relationships among these taxa and the evolutionary origin of the pronounced tubercle remain speculative. Here we pr...
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Large-scale biodiversity databases have become crucial information sources in many analyses in biogeography, macroecology, and conservation biology, often involving development of empirical models of species’ ecological niches and predictions of their geographic distributions. These analyses, however, can be impaired by the presence of errors, part...
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1. The increase of digitally available primary biodiversity data has been a positive result of sharing initiatives in the natural history museum community and among citizen scientists. Owing to the heterogeneity of sources, however, limitations related to data quality control emerge, as incomplete and/ or erroneous information at different stages o...
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Species invasions represent a significant dimension of global change yet the dynamics of invasions remain poorly understood and are considered rather unpredictable. We explored interannual dynamics of the invasion process in the Eurasian collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto) and tested whether the advance of the invasion front of the species in Nor...
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In the summer of 2010, two male specimens of the neotropical orchid bee genus Eufriesea Cockerell were collected in the Guadalupe Mountains of western Texas and southeastern New Mexico, USA. We tentatively identified them as E. coerulescens (Lepeletier de Saint Fargeau) because of the uncertainty surrounding the limits of this taxon and hypothesize...
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The Greater Antilles genus Paratrikona is revised. One new species is described from Cuba: Paratrikona blakeae Simões new species. An updated identification key to the species of the genus and new distributional records are provided.
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A review of Dorynota Chevrolat s. str. is presented in which 18 species are included in the subgenus. Three new species are described: Dorynota (s. str.) monneorum Simões and Sekerka, new species and Dorynota (s. str.) borowieci Simões and Sekerka, new species from Brazil, and Dorynota (s. str.) wappesi Sekerka and Simões, new species from Bolivia....
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ABSTRACT The Neotropical genus Paranota Monrós and Viana, 1949 is revised and its species redescribed. Paranota apiculata (Boheman 1854), new combination, is transferred from the genus Dorynota Chevrolat, 1836, Paranota rugosa (Wagener, 1881), revised status and new combination, is resurrected from synonymy with Paranota ensifera (Boheman, 1854), a...
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Immatures of Mesomphalia gibbosa (Fabricius, 1781) and Mesomphalia turrita (Illiger, 1801) (Coleoptera, Chrysomeli-dae, Cassidinae, Mesomphaliini) are described based on specimen collections from Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. The last-instar larva and pupal exuviae of M. gibbosa (Fabricius, 1781) and the eggs, first-instar larva, and pupa of M. tur...
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Spaeth (1915) described the genus Hetero-nychocassis for a single species, Heteronychocassis acuticollis Spaeth, 1915. In his view, the genus is the closest relative of Eremionycha Spaeth, 1911 and that both belong to the group Batonotites (= Dorynotini Monrós and Viana 1949). The genus has never been redescribed, only mentioned in catalogs (e.g.,...
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A revision of the genus Mesomphalia Hope, 1839, is presented based on a detailed morphological study of all species, except M. ampliata Boheman, 1850 and M. albofasciculata Boheman, 1856. The genus and species are redescribed. One species is transferred to Stolas Billberg, 1820, as S. scrobiculata (Boheman, 1850) comb. nov.; one species is transfer...
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Host plants of Cerambycidae and Vesperidae (Coleoptera, Chrysomeloidea) from South America. This paper offers a contribution to the knowledge on host plants of Cerambycidae and Vesperidae (Coleoptera, Chrysomeloidea) from South America. A total of 211 species of longhorn beetles belonging to 111 genera, 49 tribes, five subfamilies and two families...
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A survey of the Lamiinae species recorded in the Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, is presented. The data were based on literature, field work and in the collection of the Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Three hundred and twenty two species of Lamiinae are registered, and this represents about 30% of...
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Male and female reproductive systems of Stolas conspersa (Germar) (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). The male and female reproductive systems of Stolas conspersa (Germar, 1824) are described and illustrated for the first time. The male reproductive system shows no difference from the subfamily pattern, which is a tubular well-developed median...
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A survey of the Cassidinae species recorded to the Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, state of Rio de Janeiro, is presented. The Parque Nacional do Itatiaia (PNI), is situated in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is one of the most important Mata Atlântica Conservation Unit. Little is known about the species of Coleoptera from this park. Two survey...
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Universidad de Murcia, is studying systematics and biogeography of Chrysomelidae and the Iberian Peninsula fauna. Matteo Montagna (Italy) completed his degree in AgroEnvironmental Science, University of Milan (2010; Mentors Davide Sassi and Renato Regalin) and is seeking Ph.D. positions. He studies taxonomy, biogeography and molecular systematics o...
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Cassidinae has around 6.000 species, with 1.000 recorded to Brazil, however only 6% of them have descriptions and some biological information available. Hope (1839) described Mesomphalia to Cassida gibbosa Fabricius, which is within Stolaini, and now comprises 16 species with wide distribution in South America, mainly to Brazil on its southern regi...
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Article Larva and pupa of Nilio (Linio) lanatus Germar, 1824 Abstract The larva and pupa of Nilio (Linio) lanatus Germar, 1824 are described and illustrated. The larva of Nilio (L.) lanatus differs from the other known larvae of the genus mainly by the body elongate covered with black and white hairs, the head with four stemmata and the mesothorax...
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The larva and pupa of Nilio (Linio) lanatus Germar, 1824 are described and illustrated. The larva of Nilio (L.) lanatus differs from the other known larvae of the genus mainly by the body elongate covered with black and white hairs, the head with four stemmata and the mesothorax with one pair of ventral annular spiracles. Biological observations we...
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FIGURES 15 – 19. Nilio (Linio) lanatus Germar, 1824. 15, pupa, dorsal view; 16, pupa, ventral view; 17, pupa with the last larval exuvium, lateral view; 18, last larval exuvium and pupa exuvium; 19, larvae and pupae alive on a tree trunk.
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FIGURES 1 – 10. Larva of Nilio (Linio) lanatus Germar, 1824. 1, head, dorsal view; 2, head, ventral view; 3, maxilla; 4, labium; 5, labrum; 6, epipharynx; 7 – 10, mandibles, 7 – 8 left, dorsal and ventral view; 9 – 10 right, dorsal and ventral view. Scale bars, 1 mm.
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FIGURES 11 – 14. Larva of Nilio (Linio) lanatus Germar, 1824. 11, dorsal view; 12, ventral view; 13, lateral view; 14, enlarged view of the mesothorax spiracle.
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abStract. New faunistic records of 31 South American species of Cassidinae are given from Brazil (28 species), Argentina (2 species), and Venezuela (1 species).

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Understand the diversity patterns of this diverse and charismatic group within Europe and adjacent areas. The project focus on distributional patterns and niche dynamics through space and time. This, including questions on niche conservatism of invasive species, landscape/climatic effects on species and population diversity.
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We want to document the insect collections of Hamburg
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We are developing exercises and manuals for those learning different subjects of biodiversity informatics, particularly those working on ecological niche modeling and species distribution modeling.