How to boost the discovery of new reptile species?

Did you know that the description of a new species can take more than 100 years after its collection in the wild? The amount of time between collection and description dates of species is also known as 'shelf life', and as we just said, it can be surprisingly lengthy. But for what reasons specimens of... Continue Reading →

How Close Are We to Discovering All Life on Earth?

Check the newest episode of the SEEKER digital media network on “How Close Are We to Discovering All Life on Earth?”. I had the amazing opportunity to talk a little more about the research I have been developing at the Yale University about the gaps in our planetary biodiversity knowledge. The episode also includes the... Continue Reading →

New paper on functional ecology of ants

Patterns of species richness often vary with spatial scale, but it is not clear if this variation is followed in the same way by other components of biodiversity, such as functional richness. In a study recently published at Ecology and Evolution journal, we investigated the relationship between species and functional richness of ant assemblages in... Continue Reading →

How to find new species in scientific collections?

Billions of animal specimens are housed in natural history museums worldwide, and many of them might represent yet unknown species that were already collected and are now waiting their formal description. Understanding what drives the amount of time species remain undescribed or wrongly identified helps to elucidate ways to boot species discoveries and improve the... Continue Reading →

New paper on species discovery trends

Our knowledge of biodiversity is extremely limited. Even counting the total number of species on Earth is a difficult task. Understanding which factors affect species discoveries is important for planning actions that aim to reduce knowledge gaps. In this study, we sought to understand how geographical and socioeconomic factors affect the species descriptions in the... Continue Reading →

Round table in the Brazilian Congress of Ecology

The technological developments accumulated over the last decades boosted the expansion of macroecology, resulting in the emergence of numerous approaches to study biodiversity patterns. Understanding the applicability, potentiality, and limitations of numerous approaches in macroecology may be challenging, particular to undergraduate and graduate students.  We presented a round table in the 13th Brazilian Congress of... Continue Reading →

New paper on snake beta diversity

Altered precipitation patterns are expected under climate change but their effects on ecological communities are largely understudied. In this recent published study, we show how differences in climatological regimes can change processes mediating species coexistence, showing that tropical ectothermic assemblage structure is less predictable by climate when those assemblages are facing warm and dryer conditions.... Continue Reading →

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