Dr. Marco Túlio Pacheco Coelho

Dr. Marco Túlio Pacheco Coelho




Biodiversità ed ecologia della conservazione

Dinamica degli ecosistemi


Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


WSL Birmensdorf Bi HL B 35

Unraveling Life's Tapestry: What I Actually Do

I’m a Macroecologist who thrives on decoding the enigmas of biodiversity. By merging insights across broad taxonomic, spatial, and temporal dimensions, I strive to untangle the intricate factors that mold the vibrant mosaic of life on our planet. 


** This page was last updated on 22.05.2023


  • 2016 - 2020PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Federal University of Goiás, Goiás, Brazil; Title: Ecological and Evolutionary Processes on the Emergence and Maintenance of Biodiversity; Advisor : Prof. Dr. Thiago F. Rangel; Support: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, National Science Foundation (NSF) and Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)

  • 2014 -2016MS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Federal University of Goiás, Goiás, Brazil; Title: Neutral Biogeography and the Evolution of Complex Networks of Species Interactions; Advisor: Prof. Dr. Thiago F. Rangel; Support: Graduate Studenship from Conselho Nacional do Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq).

  • 2009 - 2014BS, Biological Sciences Federal Univeristy of Alfenas, Minas Gerais, Brazil;Title: Improvements in Ecological Niche Modeling for Predicting Species Occurrences in Fragmented Landscapes; Advisor: Prof. Dr. Erica Hasui; Support: Undergradutate studentship from Conselho Nacional do Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (Fapemig), Brasil.

Academic Appointments

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL (2021 - ): Postdoctoral Researcher

Federal University of Goiás, 2020 - 2021: Postdoctoral Researcher

Colorado State University, 2018 - 2019: Research Associate in Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Research Focus

  • Biogeography and Macroecology

  • Geographical Ecology

  • Quantitative Methods in Ecology and Evolution

  • Computational Ecological Modeling

  • Theoretical Ecology

Editorial Board

Associate Editor of Diversity and Distributions


  1. Cassemiro, F.A.S., Albert, J.S., Antonelli, A., Menegotto, A., Wüest, R.O., Cerezer, F., Coelho, M.T.P., Reis, R.E., Tan, M., Tagliacollo, V., Bailly, D., da Silva, V.F.B., Frota, A., da Graça, W.J., Ré, R., Ramos, T., Oliveira, A.G., Dias, M.S., Colwell, R.K., Rangel, T.F. & Graham, C.H. (2023) Landscape dynamics and diversification of the megadiverse South American freshwater fish fauna. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 120, e2211974120.

  2. Diniz, M.F., Coelho, M.T.P., Sánchez-Cuervo, A.M. & Loyola, R. (2022) How 30 years of land-use changes have affected habitat suitability and connectivity for Atlantic Forest species. Biological Conservation, 274, 109737.

  3. Maure, L.A., Diniz, M.F., Coelho, M.T.P., Souza de Oliveira, M.P., Ribeiro, M.C., da Silva, F.R. & Hasui, É. (2022) Predicting resilience and stability of early second-growth forests. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, 8, 477–491.

  4. Barreto, E., Rangel, T.F., Coelho, M.T.P., Cassemiro, F.A.S., Zimmermann, N.E. & Graham, C.H. (2021) Spatial variation in direct and indirect effects of climate and productivity on species richness of terrestrial tetrapods. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 30, 1899–1908.

  5. Diniz, M.F., Coelho, M.T.P., de Sousa, F.G., Hasui, É. & Loyola, R. (2021) The underestimated role of small fragments for carnivore dispersal in the Atlantic Forest. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation, 19, 81–89.

  6. Coelho, M. T. P. et al. (2020) Global expansion of COVID-19 pandemic is driven by population size and airport connections. - PeerJ 8: 1–14.

  7. Coelho, M.T.P., Dambros, C., Rosauer, D.F., Pereira, E.B. & Rangel, T.F. (2019) Effects of neutrality and productivity on mammal richness and evolutionary history in Australia. Ecography, 42, 478–487.

  8. Coelho, M.T.P., Diniz‐Filho, J.A. & Rangel, T.F. (2019) A parsimonious view of the parsimony principle in ecology and evolution. Ecography, 42, 968–976.

  9. Coelho, M.T.P., Rodrigues, J.F.M., Diniz-Filho, J.A.F. & Rangel, T.F. (2019) Biogeographical history constrains climatic niche diversification without adaptive forces driving evolution. Journal of Biogeography, 46, 1020–1028.

  10. Coelho, M.T.P., Pereira, E.B., Haynie, H.J., Rangel, T.F., Kavanagh, P., Kirby, K.R., Greenhill, S.J., Bowern, C., Gray, R.D., Colwell, R.K., Evans, N. & Gavin, M.C. (2019) Drivers of geographical patterns of North American language diversity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286, 20190242.

  11. Coelho, M.T.P. & Rangel, T.F. (2018) Neutral Community Dynamics and the Evolution of Species Interactions. The American Naturalist, 191, 421–434.

  12. Rangel, T.F., Edwards, N.R., Holden, P.B., Diniz-Filho, J.A.F., Gosling, W.D., Coelho, M.T.P., Cassemiro, F.A.S., Rahbek, C. & Colwell, R.K. (2018) Modeling the ecology and evolution of biodiversity: Biogeographical cradles, museums, and graves. Science, 361, eaar5452.

  13. Rodrigues, J.F.M., Coelho, M.T.P. & Ribeiro, B.R. (2018) Predicting fundamental and realized distributions based on thermal niche: A case study of a freshwater turtle. Acta Oecologica, 88, 52–57.

  14. Coelho, M.T.P., Rodrigues, J.F.M. & Rangel, T.F. (2017) Neutral biogeography of phylogenetically structured interaction networks. Ecography, 40, 1467–1474.

  15. Gavin, M.C., Rangel, T.F., Bowern, C., Colwell, R.K., Kirby, K.R., Botero, C.A., Dunn, M., Dunn, R.R., McCarter, J., Pacheco Coelho, M.T. & Gray, R.D. (2017) Process-based modelling shows how climate and demography shape language diversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 26, 584–591.

  16. Hasui, É., Silva, V.X., Cunha, R.G.T., Ramos, F.N., Ribeiro, M.C., Sacramento, M., Coelho, M.T.P., Pereira, D.G.S. & Ribeiro, B.R. (2017) Additions of landscape metrics improve predictions of occurrence of species distribution models. Journal of Forestry Research, 28, 963–974.

  17. Coelho, M.T.P., Raniero, M., Silva, M.I. & Hasui, É. (2016) The effects of landscape structure on functional groups of Atlantic forest birds. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 128, 520–534.

  18. Rodrigues, J.F.M., Coelho, M.T.P., Varela, S. & Diniz-Filho, J.A.F. (2016) Invasion risk of the pond slider turtle is underestimated when niche expansion occurs. Freshwater Biology, 61, 1119–1127.

  19. Rodrigues, J.F.M. & Coelho, M.T.P. (2016) Differences in movement pattern and detectability between males and females influence how common sampling methods estimate sex ratio. PLoS ONE, 11, 1–12.

  20. Rodrigues, J.F.M., Coelho, M.T.P. & Diniz-Filho, J.A.F. (2016) Exploring intraspecific climatic niche conservatism to better understand species invasion: the case of Trachemys dorbigni (Testudines, Emydidae). Hydrobiologia, 779, 127–134.

Teaching Assistant

Biostatistics, Computer Programing and Logic, Use of R in Ecology and Evolution

Recent Reviews for:

  • Nature Communications

  • Global Ecology and Biogeography

  • Ecography

  • Evolution

  • Journal of Biogeography

  • Frontiers of Biogeography

  • Proceedings of the royal society B - Biological Sciences

  • Journal of the Royal Society Interface

  • Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

  • PeerJ

  • Hydrobiologia

  • Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

  • Forests

  • Biologia