Panel Discussion in the Brazilian Congress of Herpetology

Species are going extinct before humans ever realized their existence. To increase the rate of species discovery we need to better understand (i) what factors influence the probability of finding species in the field, (ii) how we can reduce the time species remain shelved in scientific collections, and (iii) identify which regions and clades hold... 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 →

New paper on snake biogeography

In describing how life on Earth is geographically organized, we can move answer multiple questions in ecology and biogeography, besides contributing to the development of more realistic conservation plans. In this new study, we propose a novel approach to perform biogeographic regionalization of spatially discontinuous community data, without assuming that species are in equilibrium with... Continue Reading →

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