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Caatinga: The largest Tropical Dry Forest Region in South America

Jose Maria Cardoso da Silva, Inara R. Leal e Marcelo Tabarelli (Eds.)

Editora: Springer

Ano: 2017

- O primeiro livro em língua Inglesa focado exclusivamente na maior Floresta Tropical Seca da América do Sul. 

- Um dos poucos livros sobre sustentabilidade regional que avalia uma região tropical inteira e grande com foco ecológico (ao invés de político).
- Um dos poucos livros sobre  desenvolvimento sustentável regional que propõe um roteiro para a conservação dos recursos naturais e desenvolvimento humano sintetizando informações sobre biodiversidade, serviços ecossistêmicos chave e sistemas socioeconômico. (Springer)

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Capítulos de Livros

Neglected but Potent Dry Forest Players: Ecological Role and Ecosystem Service Provision of Biological Soil Crusts in the Human-Modified Caatinga

Michelle Szyja, Artur Gonçalves de Souza Menezes, Flávia D. A. Oliveira, Inara Leal, Marcelo Tabarelli, Burkhard Büdel e Rainer Wirth

Livro: Ecological development and functioning of biological soli crusts after natural and hunam disturbances

Maik Veste, Vincent John Martin Noah Linus Felde, Steven D. Warren e  Nicole Pietrasiak (Eds.)

Editora:  Frontiers Media SA.

Ano: 2021


Tropical Dry Forest Compared to Rainforest and Associated Ecosystems in Brazil

Marcela C. Pagano, Danielle K. da Silva, Gladstone A. da Silva e Leonor C. Maia

Livro: Mycorrhizal Fungi in South America

Marcela C. Pagano e Mónica A. Lugo (Eds.)

Editora:  Spinger 

Ano: 2019

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Perturbação antrópica no Parque Nacional do Catimbau: Estaria a Caatinga transformando-se em um ecossistema emergente?

Marcelo Tabarelli, Felipe Pimentel Lopes Melo, Marcus Vinicius Alves, Isabel Cristina Sobreira Machado,  Ariadna Valentina de Freitas e Lopes, José Alves Siqueira Filho e Inara Roberta leal 

Livro: Pesquisas em Unidades de Conservação no Domínio da Caatinga: subsídios à gestão

Waldir Mantovani, Ricardo Ferreira Monteiro, Luiz dos anjos, Mariana Otero Cariello (Eds.)

Editora: UFC

Ano: 2017

Ecology of Leaf- Cutting Ants in Human- Modified Landscapes

Marcelo Tabarelli, Felipe F. S. Siqueira, Julia Backé, Rainer Wirth e Inara R. Leal

Effects of Human Disturbance and Climate Change on Myrmecochory in Brazilian Caatinga

Inara R. Leal, Laura C. Leal, Fernanda M. P. de Oliveira, Gabriela B. Arcoverde e Alan N. Andersen

Livro: Ant-Plant Interactions: Impacts of Humans on Terrestrial Ecosystems 

Paulo S. Oliveira e  Suzanne Koptur (Eds.)

Editora:  Cambridge University Press

Ano: 2017

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Artigos publicados em Periódicos Científicos:


Pontes et al 2022 Staminode of Jacaranda rugosa A.H. Gentry (Bignoniaceae) promotes functional specialization by ensuring signaling and mechanical fito medium‑sized bees. Organisms Diversity & Evolution

Pinho et al 2022 Cross-scale drivers of woody plant species commonness and rarity in the Brazilian drylands. Diversity and Distributions

Oliveira et al 2022 Chronic anthropogenic disturbances and aridity negatively affect specialized reproductive traits and strategies of edible fruit plant assemblages in a Caatinga dry forest. Forest Ecology and Management

Santos-Neto et al 2022 Aridity, but not disturbance, reduces the specialization and modularity of plant–insect herbivore interaction networks in Caatinga dry forest. Journal of Insect Conservation

Souza et al 2022 Extrafloral nectar secretion does not mediate ant predatory activity on Pityrocarpa moniliformis plants in a seasonally dry forest. Acta Oecologica

Pimentel et al 2022 Estimates of insect consumption and guano input in bat caves in Brazil. Mammal Research

Bezerra et al 2022 Drastic impoverishment of the soil seed bank in a tropical dry forest exposed to slash-and-burn agriculture. Forest Ecology and Management

Vanderlei et al 2022 Impoverished woody seedling assemblages and the regeneration of Caatinga dry forest in a human-modified landscape.Biotropica

Merano et al 2022 Contrasting effects of chronic anthropogenic disturbance on activity and species richness of insectivorous bats in neotropical dry forest. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

Vieira et al 2022 Divergent herb communities in drier and chronically disturbed areas of the Brazilian CaatingaPerspectives in Ecology and Conservation


Aecyo et al 2021 Plastome evolution in the Caesalpinia group (Leguminosae) and its application in phylogenomics and populations genetics. Planta

Domingos-Melo et al 2021 Sweet Rain- from Bat-Pollinated Flowers: How Does Sugar Concentration Modulate Nectar Retention? International Journal of Plant Sciences

Leal et al 2021a First record of albinism in a mustached bat (Chiroptera, Mormoopidae) from South America. Notas sobre Mamíferos Sudamericanos

Leal et al 2021b Morcegos cavernícolas do carste arenítico do Parque Nacional do catimbau, Nordeste do Brasil. Mastozoología Neotropical

Leal et al 2021c Mobility of bats between caves: ecological aspects and implications for conservation and environmental licensing activities in Brazil. Studies on neotropical fauna and environment

Oliveira et al 2021 Morphology of four common and phylogenetically distant ant species varies along disturbance and aridity gradients in the Caatinga dry forest. Biotropica

Câmara et al 2021 Drought-induced reductions in plant defenses: Insights from extrafloral nectaries in the Caatinga dry forest. Biotropica


Arnan et al 2021 Individual and interactive effects of chronic anthropogenic disturbance and rainfall on taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic composition and diversity of extrafloral nectary‑bearing plants in Brazilian Caatinga. Conservation Ecology

Laurentino et al 2021 Socioeconomic and ecological indicators in willingness to accept compensation for the conservation of medicinal plants in a tropical dry forest. Environment, Development and Sustainability

Filgueiras et al 2021 Recovery of dung beetle assemblages in regenerating Caatinga dry forests following slash-and-burn agriculture. Forest Ecology and Management

Gonçalves et al 2021 Livelihood strategies and use of forest resources in a protected area in the Brazilian semiarid. Environment, Development and Sustainability

Gonçalves et al 2021 Effects of domestic wood collection on tree community structure in a human-dominated seasonally dry tropical forest. Journal of Arid Environments

Vanderlei et al 2021 Extensive clonal propagation and resprouting drive the regeneration of a Brazilian dry forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology

Jamelli et al 2021 Habitat use and feeding behavior of domestic free-ranging goats in a seasonal tropical dry forest. Journal of Arid Environments

Silva et al 2021 Effect of land use and seasonality on nematode faunal structure and ecosystem functions in the Caatinga dry forest. European Journal of Soil Biology

Barros et al 2021 Resprouting drives successional pathways and the resilience of Caatinga dry forest in human-modified landscapes. Forest Ecology and Management



Chaves et al 2020 Hunters' preferences and perceptions as hunting predictors in a semiarid ecosystem. Science of the Total Environment

Barbier et al 2020 Ecology of Antricola ticks in a bat cave in north-eastern Brazil. Experimental and Applied Acarology

Melo et al 2020 Adding forests to the water–energy–food nexus. Nature Sustainability

Albuquerque-Lima et al 2020 An explosion of perfume: Mass flowering and sphingophily in the Caatinga dry region in Brazil. Plant Species Biology

Rocha et al 2020 Reproductive biology of columnar cacti: are bats the only protagonists in the pollination of Pilosocereus, a typical chiropterophilous genus? ​Folia Geobot

Domingos-Melo et al 2020 The dark side of the rain: self-pollination setbacks due to water exposure in Pavonia varians Moric (Malvaceae), a species with rain-dependent flowering.Acta Botanica Brasilica

Barbosa et al 2020 Reproductive biology of Syagrus coronata (Arecaceae): sex-biased insect visitation and the unusual case of scent emission by peduncular bracts. Plant Biology

Oliveira et al 2020 An endemic lizard of Catimbau National Park, Pernambuco, Brazil, as prey of Tropidurus cocorobensis (Squamata, Tropiduridae). Herpetology Notes

Carvalho et al 2020 Ants as providers of ecosystem services in Caatinga: How to inform society about ecological research. Journal of Environmental Analysis and Progress

Oliveira et al 2020 Plant protection services mediated by extrafloral nectaries decline with aridity but are not influenced by chronic anthropogenic disturbance in Brazilian Caatinga. Journal of Ecology

Menezes et al 2020 Introduced goats reduce diversity and biomass of herbs in Caatinga dry forest. Land Degradation & Development

Gonçalves et al 2020 The palm Syagrus coronata proliferates and structures vascular epiphyte assemblages in a human-modified landscape of the Caatinga. Journal of Tropical Ecology

Alves et al 2020 Landscape-scale patterns and drivers of novel mammal communities in a human-modified protected area. Landscape Ecol

Andrade et al 2020 Rainfall reduction increases insect herbivory in tropical herb communities. Journal of Vegetation Scencie

Trindade et al 2020 Water availability mediates functional shifts across ontogenetic stages in a regenerating seasonally dry tropical forest. Journal of Vegetation Scencie

Knoechelmann et al 2020 Leaf-cutting ants negatively impact the regeneration of the Caatinga dry forest across abandoned pastures. Biotropica

Pereira et al 2020 Intense mycorrhizal root colonization in a human-modified landscape of the Caatinga dry forest. Forest Ecology and Management

Silva et al 2020 Land use, soil properties and climate variables influence the nematode communities in the Caatinga dry forest. Applied Soil Ecology

Szyja et al 2020 Neglected but Potent Dry Forest Players: Ecological Role and Ecosystem Service Provision of Biological Soil Crusts in the Human-Modified Caatinga. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

Silva et al 2020 Divergent responses of plant reproductive strategies to chronic anthropogenic disturbance and aridity in the Caatinga dry forest. Science of the Total Environment.

Maia et al 2020 Species diversity of Glomeromycota in Brazilian biomes. Sydowia

Passos et al 2020  Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungal Community Structure in the Rhizosphere of Three Plant Species of Crystalline and Sedimentary Areas in the Brazilian Dry Forest. Microbial Ecology.

Ventura et al 2020 Impacto de caprinos e ovinos sobre a comunidade de plantas regenerantes na caatinga. Gaia Scientia



Domingos-Melo et al 2019 It's raining fragrant nectar in the Caatinga: evidence of nectar olfactory signaling in bat-pollinated flowers. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America

Diniz et al 2019 Flowers up! The effect of floral height along the shoot axis on the fitness of batpollinated species. Annals of Botany

Marinho et al 2019  High diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in natural and anthropized sites of a Brazilian tropical dry forest (Caatinga). Fungal Ecology

Silva et al 2019 A Small Elevational Gradient Shows Negative Bottom-to-Top Bryophyte Richness in a Seasonally Dry Forest in Brazil. Cryptogamie Bryologie

Otálora-Ardila et al 2019 Thermally-assisted monitoring of bat abundance in an exceptional cave in Brazil’s Caatinga drylands. Acta Chiropterologica

Zorger et al 2019 Functional organization of woody plant assemblages along precipitation and human disturbance gradients in a seasonally dry tropical forest. Biotropica

Silva et al 2019 Spatiotemporal responses of ant communities across a disturbance gradient: the role of behavioral traits. Insectes Sociaux

Camara et al 2019 Anthropogenic disturbance and rainfall variation threaten the stability of plant–ant interactions in the Brazilian Caatinga. Ecography

Oliveira et al 2019 Effects of increasing aridity and chronic anthropogenic disturbance on seed dispersal by ants in Brazilian Caatinga. Journal of Animal Ecology

Santos et al 2019 Frugivory by birds in four species of Cactaceae in the Caatinga, a dry forest in Brazil. Iheringia, Série Zoologia

Las-casas et al 2019  The avifauna of the Catimbau National Park, an important protected area in the Brazilian semiarid. Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia.

Silva et al 2019  Extrafloral nectar as a driver of ant community spatial structure along disturbance and rainfall gradients in Brazilian dry forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology

Pinho et al 2019   Plant functional assembly is mediated by rainfall and soil conditions in a seasonally dry tropical forest. Basic and Applied Ecology

Neri et al 2019 - Green versus green? Adverting potential conflicts between windpower generation and biodiversity conservation in Brazil. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation

Ribeiro et al 2019 - Functional diversity and composition of Caatinga woody flora are negatively impacted by chronic anthropogenic disturbance. Journal of Ecology

Silva et al 2019 - Climate change will reduce suitable Caatinga dry forest habitat for endemic plants with disproportionate impacts on specialized reproductive strategies. PLOS ONE

Souza et al 2019 - Multiple drivers of aboveground biomass in a human-modified landscape of the Caatinga dry forest. Forest Ecology and Management.

Specht et al 2019 - Socioeconomic differences among resident, users and neighbour populations of a protected area in the Brazilian dry forest. Journal of Environmental Management.


Revista Ciência & Cultura: Edição especial Caatinga

   - Tabarelli, M. & Leal, I - Apresentação

   - Tabarelli, M; Leal, I; Scarano, F.R; Silva, J.M.C. - Caatinga: legado, trajetória e desafios rumo à   sustentabilidade

   - Garda, A.A; Lion, Lima, S.M.Q; Mesquita, D.O; Araujo, H. F.P; Napoli, M.F.- Os animais vertebrados   do bioma Caatinga

   - Leal, I; Lopes, A.V; Machado, I.C; Tabarelli, M.- Interações planta-animal na Caatinga: visão geral    e perspectivas futuras

   - Albuquerque, U.P; Melo, F.P.L. - Socioecologia da Caatinga 

 - Fonseca, C.R; Antongiovanni, M; Matsumoto, M; Enrico Bernard, E; Venticinque, E.M.- Oportunidades   de conservação na Caatinga

   - Fernandes, M.F; Queiroz, L.P. - Vegetação e flora da Caatinga

Arnan et al. 2018 - A framework for deriving measures of chronic anthropogenic disturbance: Surrogate, direct, single and multi-metric indices in Brazilian Caatinga

Câmara et al. 2018 - Effects of chronic anthropogenic disturbance and rainfall on the specialization of ant-plant mutualistic networks in the Caatinga, a Brazilian dry forest. Journal of Animal Ecology

Marinho et al. 2018 - Checklist of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in tropical forests. Sydowia

Arnan et al. 2018 - Increased anthropogenic disturbance and aridity reduce phylogenetic and functional diversity of ant communities in Caatinga dry forest.


Barbier et al. 2018 - Structure and composition of Nycteribiidae and Streblidae flies on bats along an
environmental gradient in Northeastern Brazil

Domingos-Melo et al. 2018 - Beyond taxonomy: anther skirt is a diagnostic character that provides specialized noctuid pollination in Marsdenia megalantha (Asclepiadoideae–Apocynaceae)

Sfair et al. 2018 - Chronic human disturbance affects plant trait distribution in a seasonally dry tropical forest 

Silva et al. 2018 - Bryophyte richness of soil islands on rocky outcrops is not driven by island size or habitat heterogeneity 

Siqueira et al. 2018 - Human disturbance promotes herbivory by leaf-cutting ants in the Caatinga dry forest.


Barbier et al 2017 - From the Atlantic Forest to the borders of Amazonia: species richness, distribution, and host association of ectoparasitic flies (Diptera: Nycteribiidae and Streblidae) in northeastern Brazil 

Sousa et al. 2017 - Predictors of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungal Communities in the Brazilian Tropical Dry Forest. Microbial Ecology

Domingos-Melo et al. 2017 - Complex flowers and rare pollinators: Does ant pollination in Ditassa show a stable system in Asclepiadoideae (Apocynaceae)? 

Rito et al. 2017 - Euphorbiaceae responses to chronic anthropogenic disturbances in Caatinga vegetation: from species proliferation to biotic homogenization. Plant Ecology.

Rito et al 2017 - Precipitation mediates the effect of human disturbance on the Brazilian Caatinga vegetation. Journal of Ecology.

Siqueira et al. 2017 - Leaf-cutting ant populations profit from human disturbances in tropical dry forest in Brazil. Journal of Tropical Ecology.


Ito et al. 2016 - What is for dinner? First report of human blood in the diet of the hairy-legged vampire bat Diphylla ecaudata 

Oliveira et al. 2016 - Chronic anthropogenic disturbance as a secondary driver of ant community structure: interactions with soil type in Brazilian Caatinga. Environmental Conservation


Ribeiro-Neto et al. 2016 - Chronic anthropogenic disturbance causes homogenization of plant and ant communities in the Brazilian Caatinga. Biodiversity and Conservation

Ribeiro et al. 2016 - Phylogenetic impoverishment of plantcommunities following chronic humandisturbances in the Brazilian Caatinga. Ecology


Leal et al. 2015a - The Benefits of Myrmecochory: A Matter of Stature. Biotropica


Leal et al. 2015b - Disturbance Winners or Losers? Plants Bearing Extrafloral Nectaries in Brazilian Caatinga. Biotropica


Ribeiro et al. 2015 - Chronic anthropogenic disturbance drives thebiological impoverishment of the Brazilian Caatinga vegetation. Journal of Applied Ecology


Leal et al. 2014 - The Multiple impacts of Leaf-Cutting Ants and Their Novel Ecological Role in Human-Modified Neotropical Forests. Biotropica

Leal et al. 2014 - Anthropogenic disturbance reduces seed‑dispersal services for myrmecochorous plants in the Brazilian Caatinga. Oecologia

Nascimento et al. 2014 - The introduced tree Prosopis juliflora is a serious threat to native species of the Brazilian Caatinga vegetation. Science of the Total Environment

Almeida et al. 2014 - The alien flora of Brazilian Caatinga: deliberate introductions expand the contingent of potential invaders. In: Biological Invasions

Melo et al. 2014 - Football and Biodiversity Conservation: FIFA and Brazil can still hit a green goal goalgoal.Biotropica.


Tabarelli et al. 2013 - LIVRO PELD CNPQ - Dez anos do Programa de Pesquisas Ecológicas de Longa Duração - Achados, Lições e Perspectivas


Livros do Curso de Campo Ecologia e Conservação da Caatinga:







DOI: 10.15468/q3afgc 

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