Research interests

  • Conservation and landscape genetics of anteaters
  • Immune genetic diversity (MHC variation)
  • Effects of barriers to gene flow and isolation-by-distance (microsatellites, SNPs, mtDNA)
  • Spatially-explicit clustering methods

Scientific projects

My project aims to investigate the genetic structure and diversity of Brazilian populations of the lesser anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla), a mammal of the order Pilosa (Xenarthra) distributed along South America, east of Andes. Using neutral markers, such as microsatellite loci, I explore the effects of demography in shaping the genetic structure of populations. Furthermore, I investigate the adaptive MHC variability along these populations, and verify if there are evidences of local MHC variants that could be correlated with local adaptation associated with different environments.


Clozato CL, Mazzoni CJ, Moraes-Barros N, Morgante JS, Sommer S (2015) Spatial pattern of adaptive and neutral genetic diversity across different biomes in the lesser anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla). Ecology and Evolution 5:4932-4948

Clozato CL, Moraes-Barros N, Santos FR,  Morgante JS (2013) Historical and noninvasive samples: a study case of genotyping errors in newly isolated microsatellites for the lesser anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla L., Pilosa). Molecular Ecology Resources, in press.

Cozzuol Mario A, Clozato CL, Holanda EC, Rodrigues FH, Nienow S, Thoisy B de, Redondo R, Santos FR (2013) A new species of tapir from the Amazon.  Journal of Mammalogy, in press.

Silva SM,  Clozato CL, Moraes-Barros N, Morgante JS (2013) Towards a standard framework to describe behaviours in the common-sloth (Bradypus variegatus Schinz, 1825): novel interactions data observed in distinct fragments of the Atlantic forest, Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Biology, in press.

Silva SM, Clozato CL (2013) Estudos de casos em Mamíferos Terrestres. IN: Dantas, GPM (ed.) Introdução à Filogeografia Aplicada à Conservação Biológica de Vertebrados Neotropicais. Curitiba, Editora CRV, 194 pp.

Chaves AV, Clozato CL, Lacerda DR, Sari HER, Santos FR (2008) Molecular taxonomy of Brazilian tyrant-flycatchers (Passeriformes: Tyrannidae). Molecular Ecology Resources (8), 1169-1177.

Conference contributions


Current Contact

    Camila Clozato, M.Sc.
    LABEC - IB - USP
    Departamento de Genética e Biologia Evolutiva
    Rua do Matão, 277 - 05508-090
    São Paulo, SP, Brasil
    Tel. +55 11 3091 8092