Fernanda Werneck

Brigham Young UniversityFernanda Werneck
Program: PhD in Biology

Advisor: Dr. Jack Sites
Taxonomic Focus: Lizards

Address: 4102 LSB, Department of Biology, Provo, UT 84602, USA
Phone: 1 (801) 691-4940
E-mail: fewerneck@gmail.com

Fernanda Werneck

Research:
My primary research interests include the biogeography, conservation, and evolutionary biology of the Neotropical herpetofauna, with special focus on the lizard fauna associated to dry biomes (e.g. Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests/Caatinga, Cerrado, and Chaco). My PhD research focuses on the study of the historical biogeographical relationships between the South American dry biomes, by using distribution modeling and comparative phylogeographic methods, and multiple groups of lizards as focal organisms. Current researches/manuscripts underway include: (1) patterns and perspectives on the zoogeography of South American dry biomes; (2) revisiting the Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests historical distribution: new insights based on palaeodistribution modeling and palynological evidence (currently under revision at the Global Ecology and Biogeography journal); (3) development of anonymous nuclear markers for the target genera (Phyllopezus, Vanzosaura, and Lygodactylus); (4) Phyllopezus pollicaris palaeodistribution niche modelling and coalescent tests of historical hypotheses; (5) conservation genetics of the dry biomes; and (6) comparative phylogeography of the dry biomes.

Related Publications:

Werneck, F. P.; Colli, G. R & Vitt, L. J. 2009. Determinants of assemblage structure in Neotropical Dry Forest lizards. Austral Ecology, v. 34 (1), p. 97-115.
Werneck, F. P., Giugliano, L. G., Collevatti, R. G. & Colli, G. R. 2009. Phylogeny, biogeography and evolution of clutch size in South American lizards of the genus Kentropyx (Squamata: Teiidae). Molecular Ecology, v. 18 (2), p. 262-278
Werneck, F. P. & Colli, G. R. 2006. The lizard assemblage from Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest enclaves in the Cerrado biome, Brazil and its association with the Pleistocenic Arc. Journal of Biogeography, v. 33, p. 1983-1992.
Werneck, F.P.; Costa. G. C.; Colli, G. R.; Prado, D. & Sites, J. W. "Revisiting the Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests historical distribution: new insights based on palaeodistribution modeling and palynological evidence". In revision at the Global Ecology and Biogeography.


Academic Background:

  • BS (’03), Universidade de Brasília, in Biological Sciences
  • MS (’06), Universidade de Brasília, in Ecology
  • PhD in Integrative Biology, Brigham Young University (’07–present)

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