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NGC - Next Generation Conservation: preserving the continuum of life in space and time

NGC - Next Generation Conservation: preserving the continuum of life in space and time

PTDC/BIA-BIC/3545/2014 – POCI-01-0145-FEDER-0 016853 

Given the present biodiversity crisis and the limited resources to preserve it, one of the major international goals is to improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding species and genetic diversity in conservation areas’ networks. Standard conservation prioritization approaches use species as currencies for biodiversity, disregarding that some species are more similar to each other than others, and that intra-specific genetic diversity is essential to allow adaptation to environmental changes and maintenance of evolutionary processes. This project aims at developing a novel and general framework to assist in delineating priority conservation areas, optimized to preserve biodiversity at different evolutionary levels, while accounting for adaptive potential and evolutionary and spatial dynamics under climate change. To develop this framework, we will study spatial patterns of diversity of Iberian amphibians at different evolutionary levels (inter- and intra-specific) to infer the historical, geographic and environmental factors underlying those patterns. In particular, we will focus our attention in three co-occurring amphibian species in the North of the Iberian Peninsula - Rana iberica, R. temporaria and Alytes obstetricans – and map putative adaptive diversity across their range. Finally, we will investigate whether the relevant factors may constitute effective surrogates for genetic diversity in data-limited taxa, and develop generalized conservation planning rules based on our findings. 

Dates:
01 mai 2016 – 01 nov 2019 

Total funding: 139 470,00 €
FEDER support: 118 549,5€
National Funding: 20 920,50€

 

Team
Principal Investigator
Sílvia Ricardo Benoliel de Carvalho

Sílvia Ricardo Benoliel de Carvalho

Position: Auxiliary Researcher
Groups:
BIODESERTS, THEOECO
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Researchers
Ana Cristina Pimenta Veríssimo

Ana Cristina Pimenta Veríssimo

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
MarChange
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Cândida Maria Gomes Vale

Cândida Maria Gomes Vale

Position: Collaborator
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Guillermo Velo-Antón

Guillermo Velo-Antón

Position: Auxiliary Researcher
Group:
BIODESERTS
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Pedro Tarroso

Pedro Tarroso

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
BIODESERTS
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Raquel Vasconcelos

Raquel Vasconcelos

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
CONGEN
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Other members
Craig Moritz, Daniel Rosauer, Hugh Possingham, Iñigo Martinez-Solano, Salvador Carranza Gil-Dolz del Castellar
State
Concluded
Proponent Institution
InBIO/UP - ICETA
Funded by
FCT and FEDER
Dates
2016 (Duration: 2 years)
Participant Institutions
Australian National University - Research School of Biology (ANU/ RSB), Instituto de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF) (IBE), University of Queesnland - Spatial Ecology Lab (UQ)
Reference
PTDC/BIA-BIC/3545/2014 – POCI-01-0145-FEDER-0 016853
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