Joao Tonini

Joao Tonini

Title:
Graduate Student
Email:
jtonini@gwmail.gwu.edu

My research focus on diversification of anurans and molecular phylogenetics applied to community ecology. Anurans have a huge local and regional diversity (for example, a field site can have more than 100 species). Species that have diverged millions of year ago can occupy the same community, as well as sister species that have recently diverged. However, little is known about what processes are acting in order to allow several species inhabit the same community. I am combining large-scale phylogenetic trees with morphology, behavior and spatial data to estimate how interspecific contact could drive patterns in body shape, species-specific calls, climatic niche and spatial distribution.

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