Marianna Simões

Marianna Simões

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Marianna is an evolutionary biologist interested in macroevolution and the evolutionary history of leaf-beetles. Her study is focused mainly on the role the environment had on shaping the morphology and distributional patterns currently observed.

Research: 

My current study aims on the Systematic and Biogeography of the tortoise-beetle tribe Dorynotini. They are conspicuously characterized by the spine formation at the dorsum of elytra, and present a wide distribution within the Neotropical region, extending from Mexico to Argentina. Its present around 60 species unevenly distributed among five genera.

The goal of this research is to understand the correlation of the spine formation and body morphology of each genus, to its environment. And how this morphological character might have helped shape the distribution and diversification of this taxa.

Publications: 

In prep.  Simões M. V. P. & Arroyo, V.B. “Predicting distributions of tortoise-beetles using niche modeling and least cost path analysis”.

In prep.  Simões, M.V.P., Baruch, V.A. & Alvarado, M,. Assessing the Environmental differences within Mesomphalia turrita Illiger, 1801 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae) distribution.

AcceptedSimões, M.V.P. & Sekerka, L. Contribution to the knowledge of the genus Dorynota Chevrolat (Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae, Dorynotini): Dorynota s. str.. The Coleopterists Bulletin

Accepted Simões, M.V.P. Taxonomic Revision of the genus Paranota Monrós & Viana, 1949 (Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae, Dorynotini). The Coleopterists Bulletin

AcceptedSimões, M.V.P. & Monné, M. L. Description of Immatures of Mesomphalia gibbosa (Fabricius, 1781) and Mesomphalia turrita (Illiger, 1801) (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). Zootaxa

2014 Simões, M.V.P. Redescription of Heteronychocassis Spaeth, 1915 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 68 (3): 1-4.

2014  Simões, M.V.P. & Monné, M. L. Taxonomic revision of the genus Mesomphalia Hope, 1839 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). Zootaxa, 3835 (2) : 151-197

2012. Monné, M. L., Monné, M. A., Quintino, H.Y., Botero, J.P., Machado, V.S., Carelli, A. & Simões, M.V.P., Cupello, M. Inventário das espécies de Lamiinae (Insecta, Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) do Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, RJ, Brasil. Biota Neotropica. 12(1): xxxx. Link.

2012. Machado, V. S., Botero, J. P., Carelli, A., Cupello, M., Quintino, H. Y., Simões, M.V.P. Host plants of Cerambycidae and Vesperidae (Coleptera, Chrysomeloidea) from South America. Revista Brasileira de Entomologia 56(2):186–198.

2012. Simões, M. V. P. Male and female reproductive systems of Stolas conspersa (Germar, 1824) (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). Revista Brasileira de Entomologia. 56(1):19–22.

2012. Simões, M.V.P. & Monné, M. L (2011). Inventario das especies de Cassidinae (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) do Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro. Biota Neopropica,11(4):216-228.

2011.  Simões, M.V.P. Padre Moure and young scientists. Chrysomela 53: 10.

2010.   Monné, M. L., Monné, M. A., Martins, R. S., Simões, M. V. P. & Machado, V. S. Espécies de Cerambycidae (Insecta, Coleoptera) ocorrentes no Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Arquivos do Museu Nacional, v. 67, p. 235-251.

2009. Simões, M. V. P., Quintino, H. Y. S. & Monné, M. L. Larva and pupa of Nilio (Linio) lanatus Germar, 1824 (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae). Zootaxa (Auckland), v. 2175, p. 51-56.

2009.  Machado, V. S., Monné, M. A. & Simões, M. V. P. “Composição e riqueza de espécies de Cerambycidae em duas localidades da região Amazônica, Brasil (Insecta, Coleoptera, Cerambycidae)”. In: Anais do IX Congresso de Ecologia do Brasil.

2009.  Simões, M.V.P., Monné, M. L. & Machado, V. S. “Inventário de Cassidinae do Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, RJ, Brasil (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)”. In: Anais do IX Congresso de Ecologia do Brasil.

2008.  Simões, M. V. P. & Monné, M. L. New records of South American Cassidinae. Genus International Journal of Invertebrate Taxonomy, v. 19, p. 709-715.

Education: 

2012- present.  PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, US. Advisor: Dr. Andrew Short and Dr. Andrew Towsend Peterson. Thesis topic: “Systematics and Biogeography of the Tribe Dorynotini (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae)”

2010-2012.  M.Sc. in Zoology, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Advisor: Dr. Marcela L. Monné. Thesis topic: “Taxonomic revision of the genus Mesomphalia Hope, 1839 (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae)”.

2006-2009.  B.Sc. Biology, Universidade Veiga de Almeida, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Supervisor: Marcela L. Monné. Monography: “Characterization of the Cassidinae fauna of the Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)”.

Grants: 

2014. EEB-Entomology Endowment Summer Scholarship. $4000.

2013. EEB Graduate Student Travel Fund, University of Kansas. Attendance at Entomological Society of America annual meeting. 1 mo. (October-November 2013); $300.

2013. EEB-Entomology Endowment Funds, University of Kansas. Attendance at Entomological Society of America annual meeting. 1 mo. (October-November 2013); $243.

2013.  Panorama Society Small Grant, University of Kansas, Natural History Museum. Research project: Study of type and non-type specimens of the tortoise beetle tribe Dorynotini Monrós & Viana, 1949 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae) in European museum collections. $ 700

2013.  Entomology Endowment, University of Kansas. Research project: Study of type and non-type specimens of the tortoise beetle tribe Dorynotini Monrós & Viana, 1949 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae) in European museum collections. $ 1200

2013.  Ernst Mayr Travel Grant in Animal Systematics, Harvard University. Research project: Systematics of tortoise beetle tribe Dorynotini Monrós & Viana, 1949 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae). $ 1062

08/2012-08/2016.   Doctorate Reserach Fellowship, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, Brazil (CNPq). Research project: “Biogeography and Sistematics of the Tribe Dorynotini (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae)”

03/2010 - 02/2012. Master Research Fellowship, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, Brazil (CNPq). Research project: “Taxonomic revision of the genus Mesomphalia Hope, 1839 (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae)”. Advisor: Marcela Laura Monné Freire.

12/2008 – 11/2009.     Scientific Initiation (undergraduate), Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (FAPERJ). Research project: “Inventory of the Cassidinae species (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) of the Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, RJ, Brazil”. Advisor: Marcela Laura Monné Freire.

07/2007 - 11 /2008.     Scientific Initiation (undergraduate), Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (FAPERJ). Research project: Compared Morphology of Mesomphalia gibbosa (Fabricius, 1781) and Mesomphalia sexmaculata Boheman, 1850 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae)”. Advisor: Marcela Laura Monné Freire.

Professional Presentations: 

2014.  Simões, M.V.P. & Arroyo, V.B. “Where are my beetles?“. The 90th Annual Meeting of the Kansas Entomological Society” (Oral presentation)- Emporia State University, Emporia, KS, E.U.A., 04 to 05 of April 2014.

2013.  Simões, M.V.P. “Taxonomic Revision and phylogenetic analysis of Paranota Monros & Viana, 1949 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae)” (poster). The 61st Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Austin, TX, USA (November).

2013.  Simões, M.V.P. and Sekerka, L. “Contribución al conocimiento del género Dorynota Chevrolet (Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae, Dorynotini): Dorynota s. str.” (poster). LV Convención Nacional de Entomología. La Molina, Peru (November).

2013.  Simões, M.V.P., Baruch, V.A. and Alvarado, M. “Assessing the Environmental differences within Mesomphalia turrita Illiger, 1801 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae) distribution.” (poster), Kansas Entomological Meeting, Pittisburg, Kansas, U.S.A. (April).

2013.  Simões, M.V.P. and Monné, M.L. “Taxonomic Revision of the genus Mesomphalia Hope, 1839 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae)” (poster), Kansas Entomological Meeting, Pittsburg, Kansas, U.S.A. (April).

2012.  Simões, M.V.P. and Monné, M.L. “Morfologia dos estágios Imaturos de Mesomphalia turrita (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)” (poster), XXIX Congresso Brasileiro de Zoologia, Salvador, BA, Brazil (March).

2012.  Monné, M.L., Monné, M.A, Botero, J.P., Quintino, H., Machado, V.S., Aragão, A., Simões, M.V.P. and Cupello, M. “Inventário das espécies de Lamiinae (Insecta, Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) no Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, RJ, Brasil” (poster), XXIX Congresso Brasileiro de Zoologia, Salvador, BA, Brazil (March).

2011.  Simões, M.V.P. and Monné, M.L. “Nuevos registros de distribuición para especies de Mesomphalia Hope, 1839 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae)” (poster), XXXIII Congreso Nacional de Entomologia / I Congreso Sudamericano de Entomología, La Serena, Chile (November/ December).

2011.  XXX Willi Hennig Meeting, São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil, (July /August).

2011.  Machado, V.S., Botero, J.P., Aragão, A., Cupello, M., Quintino, H. and Simões, M.V.P.Contribuição ao conhecimento de plantas-hospedeiras de Cerambycidae e Vesperidae (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomeloidea) da América do Sul” (poster), X Brazilian Congress of Ecology, Sociedade Ecologia do Brasil, São Lourenço, MG, Brazil, (September).

2011.  Simões, M.V.P. and Monné, M.L. “Mesomphalia Hope, 1839: nova espécie e chave para identificação das espécies (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae)” (poster), I Entomology Symposium of Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, (April).

2010.  Simões, M.V.P. and Monné, M.L. “Description of the final instar larva of Mesomphalia gibbosa (Fabricius, 1781) (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae, Stolaini)” (poster), The 58th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA, USA, (December).

2010.  International Symposium on Phylogeography, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, (November).

2009.  Simões, M.V.P. and Monné, M.L. “Caracterização da fauna de Cassidinae (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) do Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, RJ, Brasil” (poster), XXXI Giulio Massarani Scientific, Artistic and Cultural Iniciation Journey of the UFRJ, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, (October).

2009.  Machado, V.S., Monné, M.L. and Simões, M.V.P. “Composição e riqueza de espécies de Cerambycidae em duas localidades da região Amazônica, Brasil (Insecta, Coleoptera, Cerambycidae)” (poster) IX Brazilian Congress of Ecology, Sociedade Ecologia do Brasil, São Lourenço, MG, Brazil, (September).

2009.  Simões, M.V.P., Machado, V.S. and Monné, M.L. “Inventario de Cassidinae do Parque Nacional do Itatiaia, RJ, Brasil (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chyrsomelidae)” (poster) IX Brazilian Congress of Ecology, Sociedade Ecologia do Brasil, São Lourenço, MG, Brazil, (September).

2008.  Simões, M.V.P., Quintino, H.Y. and Monné, M.L. “Descrição da larva e pupa de Nilio lanatus (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae, Nilioninae)” (poster) XXII Brazilian Congress of Entomology, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Uberlândia, MG, Brazil, (August).

2008.  Monné, M.L., Monné, M.A., Martins, R. and Simões, M.V.P. Fauna de Cerambycidae (Insecta, Coleoptera) ocorrente no Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Brasil)” (poster) XXVII Brazilian Congress of Zoology, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, PR, Brazil, (February).

2008.  Simões, M.V.P. and Monné, M.L. “Novos registros para espécies de Cassidinae na América do Sul (Insecta, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)” (poster) XXVII Brazilian Congress of Zoology, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, PR, Brazil, (February).