This project is divided
in two approaches: movement
behavior of an understory
species at the individual
and bird community responses to corridor width and type
(riparian or non-riparian).
How wide forest corridors should be to
maintain Atlantic forest birds?
I evaluated how patterns of forest bird richness and composition are
affected by corridor width. I found that narrow corridors (< 100 m
wide) are much less effective in conserving Atlantic forest birds. This
result have direct consequences on the discussions about
modifications in the Brazilian Forest Code. Here is a link to a press note about this study (in Portuguese).
interpatch movements? I am using
an empirical approach with a rainforest bird to address this question.
Using translocations associated to radio-tracking I am studying if
corridors enhance movements of the White-shouldered Fire-eye (Pyriglena leucoptera)
white-shouldered fire-eye (Pyriglena
leucoptera, Thamnophilidae, Passeriformes) is an
understory insectivorous bird endemic to the Atlantic forest.
It is negativelly affected by deforestation in the Atlantic plateau of
the state of São Paulo. Are fire-eyes able
to use forest
corridors to move through fragmented landscapes ? Or, more importantly,
do fire-eyes manage to move in the absence of corridors? These
are questions I tried to answer in my Master