Gustavo B Paterno

Gustavo B Paterno

Postdoctoral fellow

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte


I am interested in Ecology, Evolution and Data Analysis. My current research is focused on the role of herbivores and sexual selection on the evolution of sex and the diversification of the Angiosperms. I am also interested in the mechanisms shaping plant community structure and their implications to restoration ecology. I have great interest in statistics and data visualization, phylogenetics and developing open software.


  • Ecology & Evolution
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Data Analysis
  • Open Science


  • PhD in Ecology, 2018

    UFRN | TUM | VUB | MQ

  • M.Sc. in Ecology, 2013

    Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

  • B.Sc. in Ecology, 2010

    Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Main research areas

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Plant Ecology - Restoration Ecology - Ecosystem Function


Evolution of Sex - Sexual Selection in Plants - Macro-evolution - Diversification


Phylogentic comparative methods - Data vizualization - Sensitivity analysis

Recent Publications

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The maleness of larger angiosperm flowers

Our comparative results indicate that increasing male–male compe- tition across the spectrum of flower size is an important driver behind the evolution of sex allocation partitioning.

Variability in anuran advertisement call: A multi-level study with 15 species of monkey tree frogs (Anura: Phyllomedusidae)

A multi-level study with 15 species of monkey tree frogs.

Evolution of aerial spider webs coincided with repeated structural optimization of silk anchorages

Physical structures built by animals challenge our understanding of biological processes and inspire the development of smart materials …

sensiPhy: An r-package for sensitivity analysis in phylogenetic comparative methods

Sensitivity analysis in phylogenetic comparative methods.

Integrating ecosystem functions into restoration ecology-recent advances and future directions

Including ecosystem functions into restoration ecology has been repeatedly suggested; yet there is limited evidence that this is taking …

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