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Lilian T. Manica

I am a professor at the Zoology Department of Universidade Federal do Paraná. Currently, I am interested in sexual selection aspects of Atlantic Forest bird species, such as the Swallow-tailed Manakin (Chiroxiphia caudata), and migratory species living in south Brazil, such as the Blue-black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina).

 

I graduated in Biological Sciences at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos and got a Masters’ degree in Ecology in the Bird Ecology and Conservation Lab at Universidade de Brasília (UnB), advised by Dr. Miguel Marini. During my Masters', I have studied the cooperative breeding system of the White-banded Tanager (Neothraupis fasciata).

 

 

In 2009, I became a member of Dr. Regina Macedo’s Animal Behavior Lab at UnB as a PhD student in Ecology. In my thesis, I investigated the mating system of Blue-black Grassquit, a Neotropical socially monogamous bird with a cryptic polyandrous sexual system. We sought to understand how sexual selection influences the social and sexual (genetic) mating behavior in this species. During this period, we ran paternity molecular analyzes in the Molecular Ecology Lab at the University of St Andrews under supervision of Prof. Dr. Jeff Graves. I also visited Dr. Jeff Podos’ lab at University of Massachusetts in Amherst to analyze videos and sound recordings of the Blue-black Grassquit. After my PhD, I spent six months at Regina’s lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Master's students

 

Rafael de Oliveira Fratoni 
PPG Ecologia e Conservação
Project: "Song and territory of the Neotropical River Warbler (Myiothlypis rivularis) and relationship with parasites"

PhD students

 

Susana Aguilar Mugica 
PPG Zoologia
Project: "Dinámica espacio temporal de la comunidad de aves acuáticas, influencia de la estructura del paisaje y efectos del cambio climático, en función de la conectividad de humedales costeros del sur de Cuba"
Pedro Henrique Lima Ribeiro
PPG Zoologia
Project: "The Swallow-tailed Manakin display and relationship with environmental and social contexts"
Victor Aguiar de Souza Penha
PPG Ecologia e Conservação
Project: How do host-parasite interaction and stress condition explain bird plumage coloration?

Undergraduate Thesis

 

Letícia Mara Ceolin Antqueves
Project: Artificial nests occupation by Red-tailed Parrot Amazona brasiliensis (Aves: Psittaciformes) at Ilha Rasa, Guaraqueçaba, PR

Co-advisored students

Karla Patricia da Silva
Master project: "Understanding altitudinal migration inTurdus flavipes: a bioacoustic approach"
PPG Ecologia e Conservação UFPR
Advisor: André Guaraldo

Past students

Master's 

 

Laura Schaedler
PPG Ecologia e Conservação
Project: "Phenotypic interaction networks in Swallow-tailed Manakins (Chiroxiphia caudata)"
Fernando José Ferneda Freitas
PPG Zoologia
Project: "Birds and coccidian oocysts: is plumage coloration a predictor of parasites infection?"
Co-advisor: Karla M. Campião (UFPR)
Collaborator: Regina H. Macedo (UnB)
Gabriel Massaccesi De La Torre
PPG Ecologia e Conservação
Title: "Effects of hemiparasites and body condition on plumage coloration of Turdus albicollis"
Co-advisor: André Guaraldo (UFPR)
Collaborator: Érika Braga (UFMG)
Eduardo Brandt
PPG Zoologia
Title: "Bioacoustic response of five Passeriformes under anthropogenic noise"
Pedro Henrique Lima Ribeiro
PPG Zoologia
Title: "Cooperative displays in blue manakins (Chiroxiphia caudata) and copulation success"

Scientific Initiation

Ana Beatriz Roscia Costa
Title: "Does morphology define an acrobat? The case of blue manakins (Chiroxiphia caudata)"
Laura Maria Schaedler
Title: "Vocal repertoire of blue manakins (Chiroxiphia caudata)"

Undergraduate Thesis

Rafael de Oliveira Fratoni
Title: "Ectosymbionts and their effect on body condition of Atlantic Forest Passeriformes"
Amanda Cristina Protski
Title: "Latitudinal variation of songs in blue-black grassquits"

Stephanie Caroline Schubert

Title: "Validating the WikiAves platform as a tool for studying migratory patterns of Brazilian birds"

Co-advisor: André Guaraldo

Thays Verônica Prestes

Title: "Behavioral responses of urban birds to anthropogenic disturbance in green areas in Curitiba, PR"

Co-advisor: André Guaraldo