• Senior Lecturer in Ecology, Biology

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Evolutionary macroecology, conservation genomics, evolutionary biology.

    1998 …2024

    Research activity per year

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    Marcio R. Pie 

    Senior Lecturer in Ecology 

    Programme Lead of the MSc Environmental Management

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    I received a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the Universidade Federal do Paraná (Brazil), a M.Sc. in Ecology from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil), and a Ph.D. in Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution from Boston University (USA). I was an Associate Professor in Zoology at the Universidade Federal do Paraná before joining the Department of Biology at Edge Hill University in 2022. 


    Research interests 

    The main focus of my research group is to understand the that generate and maintain biological diversity. This is achieved through a combination of a variety of methodological and conceptual tools, from evolutionary macroecology and organismal biology to the use of genomic tools to understand species relationships and their adaptations. A few examples of recent publications are provided below. 


    Recent publications 

    Essner, R.L., Pereira, R.E.E., Blackburn, D.C., Singh, A.L., Stanley, E.L., Moura, M.O., Confetti, A.E., Pie, M.R. 2022. Semicircular canal size constrains vestibular function in miniaturized frogs. Science Advances 8, eabn1104 [The Atlantic] [Gizmodo] [New Scientist] [Smithsonian Magazine] [CBC][MSN][Science News][Discover]

    Ellepola, G.,  Pie, M.R.,  Pethiyagoda, R.,  Hanken, J.,  Meegaskumbura, M. 2022. The role of climate and islands in species diversification and reproductive-mode evolution of Old-World tree frogs. Nature Communications Biology 5: 347. 

    Meyer, A.S.L. & Pie, M.R. 2022. Climate change estimates surpass rates of climatic niche evolution in Primates. International Journal of Primatology 43: 40–56. 

    Pie, M.R., Divieso, R., Caron, F.S., Siqueira, A.C., Barneche, D.R., Luiz, O.J. The evolution of latitudinal range limits in tropical reef fishes: heritability, limits, and inverse Rapoport's rule. Journal of Biogeography. 48: 2121-2132. [Editor's choice. Blog post at J. Biogeogr.] 

    Pie, M.R., Divieso, R., Caron, F.S. The evolution of climatic niche breadth in terrestrial vertebrates. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 59: 1155-1166. [Editor's choice] 

    Ting-Ru Mao, Ye-Wei Liu, Madhava Meegaskumbura, Jian Yang, Gajaba Ellepola, Gayani Senevirathne, Cheng-Hai Fu, Joshua B. Gross, Marcio R. Pie, 2021. Evolution in Sinocyclocheilus cavefish is marked by rate shifts, reversals and origin of novel traits. BMC Ecology and Evolution 21: 45. 


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    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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