Ongoing projects
Ant Functional Diversity of Brazilian Amazon​ Forests

We aim to create a large database about functional traits of ants in one of the most diverse forests on the planet: Amazon forests. We propose a collaborative research project involving researchers and students from different institutions to create, measure and test a set of functional traits. Using an extensive database of over 500 species of ants collected in 14 research sites, we aim to (1) develop and validate functional groups for soil ant fauna along a latitudinal gradient of 1800 km in the Brazilian Amazon basin; (2) demonstrate how ants functional traits are affected by environmental gradients; and (3) experimentally test the adaptive value of some functional traits.

 

This project is funded by CNPq (Universal 2014) and include the following researchers: Rogério Rosa da Silva - MPEG, Ricardo Solar - UFV, Jorge Luiz P. de Souza - INPA and Carlos André Nogueira - INPA

PPBio

The Brazilian Biodiversity Research Programme (PPBio) was created in 2004 to increase biodiversity studies in Brazil, decentralize the scientific production from academically developed centers, integrate research activities and disseminate the results for environmental management actions and education.

 

The Communities Ecology Lab contribute to the Local hub-Manaus coordinated by Prof. Marcelo Menin. Our main contribution in this project is to describe and understand the spatial distribution of ant's species and their respective parasitic fungi (Ophiocordyceps). But we also contribute to other research lines involving invertebrates, vertebrates and plants.

 

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Ongoing projects
Amplifying the ants: bioacoustics and music for environmental education

This is an interdisciplinary research group formed by Lisa Schonberg, Anthony Brisson, Érica Marinho do Vale, Tainara Sobroza and Fabricio Baccaro. The group is focused around two main lines: (1) scientific research on sounds produced by ants and (2) scientific dissemination to the general public through music and lectures. The general objective of the group is to produce quality scientific knowledge to be used directly for environmental education and dissemination. After many tests and adaptations, the group developed a protocol for recording the sounds produced by ants. These sounds are generally low frequency, but some species of ants also use high frequency to communicate. Low frequency sounds require equipment that picks up substrate vibration. The result is a sound reminiscent of the well-rhythmic communication of marine organisms that matches perfectly with the percussion compositions created by Lisa.

by Anthony Brisson during Ecology Field Course 2019 at RDS Rio Negro, Amazonas

Ant Functional Diversity in Brazilian Amazon​ Forests

We aim to create a large database about ant functional traits in one of the most diverse forests on the planet: Amazon forests. We propose a collaborative research project involving researchers and students from different institutions to achieve this goal. Using an extensive database of over 500 species of ants collected in 14 research sites, we aim to (1) develop and validate functional groups for soil ant fauna along a latitudinal gradient of 1800 km in the Brazilian Amazon basin; (2) demonstrate how ants functional traits are affected by environmental gradients; and (3) experimentally test the adaptive value of some functional traits.

 

This project is funded by CNPq (Universal 2014) and FAPEAM (PPP 016/2014)

PPBio

The Brazilian Biodiversity Research Programme (PPBio) was created in 2004 to increase biodiversity studies in Brazil, decentralize the scientific production from academically developed centers, integrate research activities and disseminate the results for environmental management actions and education.

 

The Communities Ecology Lab contribute to the Local hub-Manaus coordinated by Prof. Marcelo Menin. Our main contribution in this project is to describe and understand the spatial distribution of ant's species and their respective parasitic fungi (Ophiocordyceps). But we also contribute to other research lines involving invertebrates, vertebrates and plants.

CENBAM

The INCT-CENBAM (Center for Integrated Studies of Biodiversity in the Amazon) coordenate a network of Amazonian and non-Amazonian institutions involved in biodiversity studies. The objective of CENBAM is to create and consolidate production chains based on sound scientific knowledge originated from biodiversity studies direcionated to information, products or processes valuable to specific academic and non-academic users in the short, medium and long term. Coordinator: Dr. William E. Magnusson.

 

With colleagues from the Systematic and Ecology of Soil Invertebrates at INPA, we studied the relationship between the strucutre of ant assemblages and environmental factors at local and regional scales in the Brazilian Amazon. Currently, a large-scale research project involving the harvestmen species distribution is also taking place.

LTER - site 1

The Long Term Ecological Reseach project (PELD in Portuguese) is designed and funded by the National Council of Scientific Research and Development (CNPq), and is part of the program "Science, Technology and Innovation for Nature and Climate" from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT). The PELD sítio 1 is a pioneer initiative regarding the generation of information on key aspects for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources of the Brazilian ecosystems. It was established in 1996 under the Integrated Programme of Ecology (IPE), and focuses on the establishment of permanent research sites in various biomes of Brazilian ecosystems, integrated in a network for the development and monitoring of long-term ecological research. Coordinatior: Dra. Flavia Costa.

 

Our main contribution in this project is to understand the dynamics of ant infection by fungal Ophiocordyceps parasites and temporal dynamics of ant communities (but other research projects involving temporal dynamics are welcome).

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Cep: 69077-000, Manaus, Amazonas, Brasil

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