QCBS Students

Pedro Henrique Pereira Braga

Concordia University
Ph.D. candidate

Supervisor: Pedro Peres-Neto
Steven Kembel
Start: 2014-09-02

Multi-scale ecological and evolutionary diversity determinants and conservation patterns of bats
Ecologists and evolutionary biologists have long been interested in identifying and understanding general processes and mechanisms that generate biodiversity patterns. Understanding underlying processes and mechanisms become particularly important for predicting ecological responses to environmental changes, which are expected to emerge in a scale-dependent fashion. Studying spatial scales and temporal components of ecological and evolutionary drivers is not only scientifically relevant, but also lies between political- and social-environmental scopes. As biodiversity provides essential resources to humans, I have an obligation to protect it to the best of our ability – meaning I should do it at the right scale and with high limitation on resources. My thesis proposal synthesises my research under a biodiversity synthesis framework, integrating phylogenetic comparative methods, geographic distribution estimations, scale-dependence, phylogenetic, life-history traits and biological knowledge of bats, as well as conservation planning approaches.

1- Global patterns of phylogenetic beta diversity components in bats
Peixoto, Franciele P., Pedro Henrique P. Braga, Marcus Vinicius Cianciaruso, José Alexandre F. Diniz-Filho, Daniel Brito,
2014 Journal of Biogeography