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MEDBIODIV: Linking phenotypes to diversification dynamics to decipher the temporal and spatial scaling of biodiversity evolution in the Mediterranean Basin

MEDBIODIV: Linking phenotypes to diversification dynamics to decipher the temporal and spatial scaling of biodiversity evolution in the Mediterranean Basin

This project focuses on the drivers of biodiversification in the Mediterranean Basin. We will extend accumulated knowledge and data, and combine them with innovative analysis tools, to decipher the temporal and spatial frame at which diversification processes operate. We will study a model system of ca. 150 species of amphibians and reptiles, comprising six monophyletic groups. Across this wide array of Mediterranean vertebrates, we will:

1) Investigate the macroecological dynamics of diversification and assess their generality;

2) Provide a mechanistic understanding of these dynamics by linking phenotypic macroevolution to its functional and ecological significance;

3) Examine how these links scale from individuals, through populations, and across species.

This way we will provide new insights on the capacity of organisms to respond to environmental change, and tools for determining the organismal, temporal and spatial scale at which conservation measures should be implemented.

Team
Principal Investigator
Antigoni Kaliontzopoulou

Antigoni Kaliontzopoulou

Position: Auxiliary Researcher
Groups:
AP, PHENEVOL
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Researchers
Ana Perera Leg

Ana Perera Leg

Position: Auxiliary Researcher
Groups:
AP, PHENEVOL
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Fernando Martínez-Freiría

Fernando Martínez-Freiría

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
BIODESERTS
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Guillermo Velo-Antón

Guillermo Velo-Antón

Position: Auxiliary Researcher
Group:
BIODESERTS
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Urtzi Enriquez-Urzelai

Urtzi Enriquez-Urzelai

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
PHENEVOL
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Verónica Gomes

Verónica Gomes

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
PHENEVOL
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External Collaborators
Inês Freitas

Inês Freitas

Position: PhD Student
Groups:
BIODESERTS, PHENEVOL
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Other members
Anthony Herrel (MNHN/CNRS), Olivier Lourdais (CEBC/CNRS)
State
Ongoing
Proponent Institution
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO)
Funded by
FCT
Dates
2018 (Duration: 2 years)
Participant Institutions
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), CIBIO-InBIO, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Università dell'Aquila
Reference
POCI-01-0145-FEDER-028090
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