COSTA-PEREIRA Raul

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  • Departmento de Biologia Animal, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil
  • Community ecology, Competition, Evolutionary ecology, Food webs, Foraging, Statistical ecology, Tropical ecology
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After realizing my lack of talent in soccer, I became interested in how individual variation arises in nature and how it affects the structure and functioning of populations, communities, and ecological interactions. My research combines empirical, experimental, and simulation approaches to understand patterns and processes shaping diversity in different taxa. I like to look at the complexity of nature through the lenses of individuals. I have obtained my Ph.D. from São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil, in December 2018. During my Ph.D., I was a visiting researcher at Rice University (Houston, USA) and the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand). I have also worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada)​ and Universidade de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal). In January 2020, I joined the Animal Biology Department at the ​University of Campinas (Unicamp, Campinas, Brazil) as Assistant Professor.

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2020-03-23
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Intraspecific difference among herbivore lineages and their host-plant specialization drive the strength of trophic cascades
Arnaud Sentis, Raphaël Bertram, Nathalie Dardenne, Jean-Christophe Simon, Alexandra Magro, Benoit Pujol, Etienne Danchin and Jean-Louis Hemptinne
10.1101/722140

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Tell me what you’ve eaten, I’ll tell you how much you’ll eat (and be eaten)

Tritrophic interactions have a central role in ecological theory and applications [1-3]. Particularly, systems comprised of plants, herbivores and predators have historically received wide attention given their ubiquity and economic importance [4]. Although ecologists have long aimed to understand the forces that govern alternating ecological effects at successive trophic levels [5], several key open questions remain (at least partially) unanswered [6]. In particular, the analysis of complex foo...

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