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Most evolutionary processes occur in a spatial context and several spatial analysis techniques have been employed in an exploratory context. However, the existence of autocorrelation can also perturb significance tests when data is analyzed using standard correlation and regression techniques on modeling genetic data as a function of explanatory variables.(More)
Systematic Conservation Planning (SCP) involves a series of steps that should be accomplished to determine the most cost-effective way to invest in conservation action. Although SCP has been usually applied at the species level (or hierarchically higher), it is possible to use alleles from molecular analyses at the population level as basic units for(More)
Although the number of biodiversity studies is increasing, the total number of species in different taxonomic groups remains uncertain. Estimates of the number of described species of Cyanobacteria range from 2,000 to 8,000. However, no studies have used discovery curves to estimate this number. The aim of this study was to understand the status of(More)
The global number of papers in different areas has increased over the years. Additionally, changes in academic production scenarios, such as the decrease in the relative number of single-authored (SA) papers, have been observed. Thus, the aims of this study are to assess the trend of SA papers in four subareas of biology and also to estimate the year when(More)
Despite wide evidence of a quickly changing world, systematic conservation planning analyses are usually static assuming that the biodiversity being preserved in sites do not change through time. Here we generated a comprehensive ensemble forecasting experiment for 444 amphibian species inhabiting the Atlantic Forest Biodiversity Hotspot. Models were based(More)
Euglossa cyanochlora Moure, 1996 (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Euglossina) is known from only two specimens and is considered as one of the rarest bees. An intensive search for this species in its expected area of occurrence in eastern Brazil was carried out during three consecutive summers and involved over 1,000 h of active sampling in 50 sites distributed among(More)
The use of phylogenetic comparative methods in ecological research has advanced during the last twenty years, mainly due to accurate phylogenetic reconstructions based on molecular data and computational and statistical advances. We used phylogenetic correlograms and phylogenetic eigenvector regression (PVR) to model body size evolution in 35 worldwide(More)
This study tested whether genetic parameters in Dipteryx alata populations, estimated from genomic and chloroplastidial microsatellite markers, were distributed according to a central-peripheral model, inferring which factors drive this spatial distribution of genetic variability within populations. For each of the 23 populations sampled throughout the(More)
Ecological niche models (ENMs) can be used to investigate the shifts in geographical distributions and in productivity of cultivated species in future climatic scenarios. Such models can be classified in correlative, mechanistic or hybrid. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between productivity of Zea mays in Brazilian municipalities(More)