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Mariana Pires Braga

Mariana Pires Braga
I am a postdoc at the Department of Ecology, studying how ecological networks evolve. Butterflies and their host plants are my favourite biological system.


I am Brazilian and got Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Biology in Brazil before I moved to Sweden for doing my PhD in Ecology. After that, I have done research in the US and Finland.

Selected publications

Celorio-Mancera, M.P., R.A. Steward, P. Pruisscher, A. Smialowska, M. P. Braga, N. Janz, C. W. Wheat,  and S. Nylin. Larval transcriptomes reflect the evolutionary history of plant-insect associations. Evolution, accepted.

Schwery O., B. Sipley, M. P. Braga, Y. Yang, R. Rebollo, P. Zu. Plant Scent and Plant-Insect Interactions – Review and Outlook from a Macroevolutionary Perspective. Journal of Systematics and Evolution, accepted.

Dismukes, W., M. P. Braga, D. H. Hembry, T. A. Heath, and M. J. Landis. 2022. Cophylogenetic Methods to Untangle the Evolutionary History of Ecological Interactions. Annu Rev Ecol Evol Syst 53:275–298.
 DOI: 10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-102320-112823

Braga, M. P., and N. Janz. 2021. Host repertoires and changing insect–plant interactions. Ecol Entomol, DOI: 10.1111/een.13073.
Braga, M. P., N. Janz, S. Nylin, F. Ronquist, and M. J. Landis. 2021. Phylogenetic reconstruction of ancestral ecological networks through time for pierid butterflies and their host plants. Ecol Lett, DOI: 10.1111/ele.13842.
Braga, M. P., M. J. Landis, S. Nylin, N. Janz, and F. Ronquist. 2020. Bayesian Inference of Ancestral Host-parasite Interactions under a Phylogenetic Model of Host Repertoire Evolution. Syst Biol, 69:1149–1162. DOI: 10.1093/sysbio/syaa019
Braga, M. P., P. R. Guimarães, C. W. Wheat, S. Nylin, and N. Janz. 2018. Unifying host associated diversification processes using butterfly-plant networks. Nature Comms 9:5155. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-07677-x

Braga, M. P., S. B. L. Araujo, S. Agosta, D. Brooks, E. Hoberg, S. Nylin, N. Janz, and W. A.Boeger. 2018. Host use dynamics in a heterogeneous fitness landscape generates oscillations in host range and diversification. Evolution 72:1773–1783. DOI: 10.1111/evo.13557
Nylin, S., S. Agosta, S. Bensch, W. A. Boeger, M. P. Braga, D. R. Brooks, M. L. Forister, P. A. Hambäck, E. P. Hoberg, T. Nyman, A. Schäpers, A. L. Stigall, C. W. Wheat, M. Österling, and N. Janz. 2018. Embracing Colonizations: A New Paradigm for Species Association Dynamics. Trends Ecol Evol 33:4–14. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2017.10.005

Araujo, S. B. L., M. P. Braga, D. R. Brooks, S. J. Agosta, E. P. Hoberg, F. W. von Hartenthal, and W. A. Boeger. 2015. Understanding Host-Switching by Ecological Fitting. PLoS ONE 10:e0139225. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139225


Postdoctor at the Department of Ecology; NJ, Insect Ecology Unit
Postal address:
Inst för ekologi, Box 7044
756 51 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Ulls Väg 16, Uppsala