Supervisor

Taran Grant

Professor, IBUSP; Associate Curator, Amphibians, MZUSP

Bio and research interests: I am a professor at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in the Departamento de Zoologia of the Instituto de Biociências and Associate Curator, Amphibians, in the Museum of Zoology. I am Canadian but have lived abroad since 1994 when I moved to Colombia to pursue my undergraduate degree at the Universidad del Valle, in Cali. In 1998 I was awarded a joint fellowship from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and Center for Environmental Research and Conservation to pursue my graduate studies in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Columbia University. I completed my PhD in 2005 (advisor: Darrel Frost) and received a post-doctoral fellowship in computational biology at AMNH (supervisor: Ward Wheeler). In 2007, I joined the faculty at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and in 2011 I moved to USP. I am also Senior Editor/Editor-in-Chief of the South American Journal of Herpetology, published by the Brazilian Society of Herpetology. My first interest is the evolution of amphibian diversity, with squamate reptiles being a distant second. The world’s richest countries in terms of amphibian species diversity are Brazil and Colombia, and most of my empirical work is centered in those countries. In collaboration with students and colleagues, I study the evolution of amphibian diversity from a variety of perspectives, from the theory and practice of phylogenetic inference to toad migration, the invasion biology of the American bullfrog, and the evolution of chemical defense.


Current


Post doctoral scholars

Carola Yovanovich

Project title: A systematic study of amphibian visual systems: From the evolution of diel patterns to the physiological limits of colour vision

Fellowship funding agency: FAPESP

Research interests: My main research interests are sensory systems and amphibian biology, and my current work has the best of both worlds: I am studying the evolution, adaptations, and capabilities of the visual system in different groups of anurans.

Marco Antonio Rada García

Project title: Total evidence analysis of Glassfrogs and their relatives (Anura: Allocentroleniae)

Fellowship funding agency: CAPES Programa Nacional de Pós Doutorado, Graduate Program in Zoology, IBUSP

Research interests: My research interest is amphibian taxonomy and systematics, with special emphasis on the family Centrolenidae (Glassfrogs). I completed my PhD in 2014 and received a post-doctoral fellowship with a project focuses on systematics. My projects involve phylogenetic studies and species limits employing both morphological (adults and larval) and molecular evidence.


PhD students

Adriana Moriguchi Jeckel

Graduate Program in Zoology, IBUSP

Dissertation title: Sequestration efficiency, metabolism and excretion of alkaloids in poison frogs and their non-sequestering relatives

Fellowship funding agency: FAPESP

Research interests: My research focuses mainly on chemical defense and its ecological and evolutionary implications. Currently, my PhD research aims to understand some of the mechanisms that allow poison frogs to sequester alkaloids.

Jhon Jairo Ospina Sarria

Graduate Program in Zoology, IBUSP

Dissertation title: Análise filogenética das rãs de desenvolvimento direto (Anura, Terrarana, Craugastoridae)

Fellowship funding agency: FAPESP

Research interests: My research interests focus on the evolution and systematics of Neotropical amphibians. Currently, I am studying the phylogeny of Craugastoridae, with the aim of establish hypothesis of phylogenetic relationships to understand the evolutionary history of this diverse family.

Katyuscia Vieira

Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales / Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Argentina

Dissertation title: Phylogenetic analysis of the Scinax ruber clade (Anura, Hylidae): A highly diverse group of Neotropical tree frogs (primary advisor: Julián Faivovich)

Fellowship funding agency: CONICET

Marvin Alfredo Anganoy-Criollo

Graduate Program in Zoology, IBUSP

Dissertation title: Phylogenetic relationships of Hyloxalus Jiménez De La Espada, 1870 (Anura: Dendrobatoidea: Dendrobatidae)

Fellowship funding agency: Fundación CEIBA, Colombia


MSc students

Juliana Fernandes Primon

Graduate Program in Zoology, IBUSP

Thesis title: Responses of native amphibian communities to acoustic invasions of American bullfrogs (Lithobates catesbeianus)

Fellowship funding agency: CNPq

Isabela Rodrigues de Souza Cavalcanti

Graduate Program in Zoology, IBUSP

Thesis title: Comparative morphological study of the swollen third finger of poison frogs and their relatives (Anura: Dendrobatoidea)

Fellowship funding agency: CAPES

Research interests: Adult males of many species of Dendrobatoidea present conspicuous glandular swelling of the third finger (= Finger IV). Although several distinct morphologies have been identified, to date no study has examined the morphology of the swollen third finger in any detail, and the histology of the structure has never been examined. I am studying the histology of the third finger of adult males and females in order to elucidate the basis of the reported morphological variation and test the homology of the character among dendrobatoids.


Technicians

Rachel Montesinos Martins Pereira

Fellowship funding agency: FAPESP

Research interests: I am interested in the systematics of amphibians. For my PhD project, I am interested in Hylodidae, a diurnal family of frogs that inhabit the Brazilian rainforest. The project involves using molecular and morphological data.


Alumni


Post doctoral scholars

Boris Leonardo Blotto Acuña

Project title: Relationships among major clades of Hyloidea (Anura: Neobatrachia): one of the main unresolved problems of the phylogeny of Anura

Fellowship funding agency: FAPESP

Research interests: My main interest is anuran phylogeny. Within this framework, I am particularly interested in the elaboration of phenotypic matrices with emphasis in musculature, in order to perform simultaneous analyses with total evidence and suggest synapomorphies for diverse clades. As these goals are achieved, my secondary interest is in addressing questions about the evolution of different morphological traits.

Victor Goyannes Dill Orrico

Post-doctoral project title: Polymorphism and cryptic species: understanding South American biodiversity through the genus Dendropsophus Fitzinger, 1843

Tenure: 2012–2014

Research interests: My main research interest is amphibian taxonomy and systematics, with special emphasis on the genus Dendropsophus (Hylidae). My post-doc project focuses on the species limits of some poorly known amphibians, linking the molecular diversity to variations in phenotipic characters—binding the logical and practical aspects of taxonomy and the evolution of phenotypical traits.


PhD

Alfredo Pedroso dos Santos Júnior

Year of degree: 2009

Dissertation title: Revisão taxonômica do grupo de Taeniophallus occipitalis e o relacionamento filogenético da tribo Echinantherini (Serpentes, Dipsadidae, Xenodontinae)

Fellowship funding agency: CAPES

Graduate program: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Zoologia, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS

Current appointment: Professor, Universidade Federal do Oeste do Pará, Santarém, PA

Denis Jacob Machado

Inter-institutional Graduate Program in Bioinformatics, USP

Dissertation title: Comparative genomics and the evolution of amphibian chemical defense

Fellowship funding agency: FAPESP

Research interests: I am most interested in systematic theory and its applications in a wide range of fields, from taxonomy to functional genomics. My current research project focuses on the comparative genomics and evolution of chemical defense in poison frogs.

Camila Chiamenti Both

Year of degree: 2012

Dissertation title: Invasão de Lithobates catesbeianus no Brasil: padrões espaciais e interações inter-específicas

Fellowship funding agency: CNPq

Graduate program: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Zoologia, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS

Current appointment: Post-doc, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biodiversidade Animal

Marco Antonio Rada García

Year of degree: 2014

Dissertation title: Sistemática filogenetica das pererecas de cristal (Anura: Centrolenidae)

Fellowship funding agency: CAPES

Graduate program: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Zoologia, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS

Current appointment: Post doctoral Fellow,

Mariane Targino Rocha

Year of degree: 2016

Dissertation title: Análise filogenética de Pristimantis Jiménez de La Espada, 1870, um gênero megadiverso de anfíbios (Anura, Terrarana, Craugastoridae)

Fellowship funding agency: FAPESP

Graduate program: Graduate Program in Zoology, IBUSP

Current appointment: Independent researcher; Receiving Editor, South American Journal of Herpetology

Mauricio Rivera-Correa

Year of degree: 2014

Dissertation title: Evolution of the Andean stream frogs Hyloscirtus (Anura: Hylidae): Phylogenetic relationships, taxonomic revision, and species delimitation

Fellowship funding agency: CNPq

Graduate program: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Zoologia, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS

Current appointment: Universidad de Antioquia, Instituto de Biología, Seccional Oriente, Faculty Member

Patrick Colombo

Year of degree: 2012

Dissertation title: Seqüestro e variação temporal e geográfica dos alcalóides na defesa química de Melanophryniscus simplex (Caramaschi e Cruz, 2002) (Anura: Bufonidae)

Fellowship funding agency: CAPES

Graduate program: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Zoologia, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS

Current appointment: Curador, Fundação Zoobotânica do Rio Grande do Sul, Museu de Ciências Naturais, Seção de Vertebrados–Setor de Anfíbios

Pedro Henrique dos Santos Dias

Graduate Program in Zoology, IBUSP

Dissertation title: Evolution of larval characters in Dendrobatoidea Cope, 1865 (Amphibia; Anura; Dendrobatidae & Aromobatidae)

Fellowship funding agency: FAPESP

Research interests: I am interested in Neotropical anuran evolution, with emphasis in morphological diversification. I am currently working with larval evolution in the dart-poison frogs Dendrobatoidea and systematic relationships within Odontophrynidae. I am also interested in theoretical and methodological subjects of cladistic analysis.

Rachel Montesinos Martins Pereira

Graduate Program in Zoology, IBUSP

Dissertation title: Sistemática filogenética de Hylodidae Günther 1858 (Amphibia, Anura)

Fellowship funding agency: FAPESP

Research interests: I am interested in the systematics of amphibians. For my PhD project, I am interested in Hylodidae, a diurnal family of frogs that inhabit the Brazilian rainforest. The project involves using molecular and morphological data.

Siria Ribeiro

Year of degree: 2010

Dissertation title: Revisão sistemática de Leposternon Wagler, 1824 (Squamata: Amphisbaenia)

Fellowship funding agency: CAPES

Graduate program: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Zoologia, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS

Current appointment: Professor, Universidade Federal do Oeste do Pará, Santarém, PA

Wilmar Bolívar

Year of degree: 2013

Dissertation title: Ecomorfología de vipéridos colombianos con énfasis en la morfología de la foseta termo receptora de especies con uso del hábitat distintos (Co-advisor: Alan Giraldo López)

Graduate program: Programa de Postgrado en Biología, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia

Current appointment: Investigador, Profesional y Profesor Catedrático del Departamento de Biología, Universidad del Valle, Cai, Colombia


MSc

Adriana Moriguchi Jeckel

Year of degree: 2015

Graduate Program in Zoology, IBUSP

Fellowship funding agency: FAPESP

Thesis title: Chemical defense in Melanophryniscus moreirae: does alkaloid diversity increase as individuals grow older?

Current appointment: PhD student, Graduate Program in Zoology, IBUSP

Camila Ineu Medeiros

Year of degree: 2016

Fellowship funding agency: CAPES

Graduate program: Graduate Program in Ecologia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Thesis title: Avaliação da invasão de nicho acústico e diversidade funcional acústica em ambientes invadidos pela rã-touro Lithobates catesbeianus (primary advisors: Sandra Hartz, Camila Both)

Danielle Angelini Fabri

Year of degree: 2012

Thesis title: Sistemática filogenética de Crossodactylus Duméril & Bibron, 1841 (Anura: Hylodidae)

Fellowship funding agency: CNPq

Graduate program: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Zoologia, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS

Current appointment: Independent researcher; Receiving Editor, South American Journal of Herpetology

Gabriel J. Cohen

Graduate Program in Zoology, IBUSP

Thesis title: Análise da estrutura genética das populações de rã touro, Lithobates catesbeianus (Shaw, 1802), introduzidas no Brasil

Fellowship funding agency: CAPES

Katyuscia Vieira

Year of degree: 2010

Thesis title: A filogenia do gênero Sphaenorhynchus

Fellowship funding agency: CNPq

Graduate program: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Zoologia, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS

Current appointment: PhD Student, Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales / Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas

Rafael dos Santos Henrique

Year of degree: 2017

Fellowship funding agency: CAPES

Graduate Program in Zoology, IBUSP

Thesis title: Ecologia do movimento da rã-manteiga (Leptodactylus latrans) e da rã-touro (Lithobates catesbeianus)

Raquel Rocha Santos

Year of degree: 2010

Thesis title: Migração de Melanophryniscus cambaraensis (Anura, Bufonidae) no Município de São Francisco de Paula,Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil

Fellowship funding agency: CNPq

Graduate program: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Zoologia, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS

Santiago J. Sánchez-Pacheco

Year of degree: 2010

Thesis title: Sistemática filogenética do gênero Riama (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae)

Fellowship funding agency: CAPES

Graduate program: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biologia Animal Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS (primary advisor: Laura Verrastro)

Current appointment: PhD student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Canada (advisor: Robert Murphy)

Valentina Zaffaroni Caorsi

Year of degree: 2014

Thesis title: Estudo taxonômico e filogeográfico de Melanophryniscus macrogranulosus Braun, 1973 e M. cambaraensis Braun & Braun, 1979 (Anura: Bufonidae), duas espécies ameaçadas de extinção do extremo sul da mata atlântica

Fellowship funding agency: CAPES

Graduate program: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biologia Animal Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS (primary advisor: Marcio Borges-Martins)

Current appointment: PhD student, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biologia Animal Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS


Technicians

Julia Silva Beneti

Appointment: FAPESP Technical Training Scholarship (TT3): DNA Sequencing and Databasing

Juliana Costa Jordão

Tenure: 2013–2015

Appointment: FAPESP Technical Training Scholarship (TT3): DNA Sequencing and Databasing

Rafael dos Santos Henrique

Appointment: FAPESP Technical Training Scholarship (TT3): Specimen Preparation and Databasing

Gabriel J. Cohen

Tenure: 2014–2015

Appointment: FAPESP Technical Training Scholarship (TT3): Specimen Preparation and Databasing

Current appointment: Master's student, IBUSP

Ana Paula Brandão

Tenure: 2015

Appointment: Bolsista de Desenvolvimento Tecnológico Industrial do CNPq - Nível C: Databasing MZUSP Amphibian Collection

Carolina Rossi

Tenure: 2015

Appointment: FAPESP Technical Training Scholarship (TT3): DNA Sequencing and Databasing