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Júlio César Bicca-Marques

Committee member

Júlio César Bicca-Marques

Professor, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul

Research Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Current affiliations

I am a biologist, ecologist, and biological anthropologist specializing in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. I am interested in understanding how primates cope with habitat fragmentation at the individual and population level, the causes and consequences of their adaptation to small habitat patches, primate-parasite relationships, the conservation implications of infectious disease outbreaks, and what the use of plants with medicinal properties as food sources can tell us about the evolutionary basis of self-medication and the discovery of new drugs against human and animal pathogens.

Recent publications
  • Chaves A, Villalobos-Segura MC, Ayala JRS, et al. (2024) Neotropical primates and humans: risk of bidirectional parasite transmission and disease sharing in fragmented and pristine landscapes. In: Ecology of Wildlife Diseases in the Neotropics, G Acosta-Jamett & A Chaves, Eds. Springer, pp. 213-253. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-50531-7_9

  • Bicca-Marques JC, Rabelo RM, Almeida MAB, and Sales LP (2022) The risks of yellow fever to Asian primates. International Journal of Primatology 43 (1): 74-91. doi: 10.1007/s10764-021-00223-5

  • Chaves ÓM, Souza Jr JC, Buss G, et al. (2022) Wildlife is imperiled in peri-urban landscapes: threats to arboreal mammals. Science of the Total Environment 821: 152883. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.152883

  • Estrada A, Garber PA, Gouveia S, et al. (2022) Global importance of Indigenous Peoples, their lands, and knowledge systems for saving the world’s primates from extinction. Science Advances 8: eabn2927. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abn2927

  • Bicca-Marques JC, Chaves ÓM, and Hass GP (2020) Howler monkey tolerance to habitat shrinking: lifetime warranty or death sentence? American Journal of Primatology 82 (4): e23089. doi: 10.1002/ajp.23089

  • Almeida MAB, Santos E, Cardoso JC, Silva LG, Rabelo RM, and Bicca-Marques JC .(2019) Predicting yellow fever through species distribution modeling of virus, vector, and monkeys. EcoHealth 16 (1): 95-108. doi: 10.1007/s10393-018-1388-4


  • Estrada A, Garber PA, Mittermeier RA, et al. (2018) Primates in peril: the significance of Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo for global primate conservation. PeerJ 6: e4869. doi: 10.7717/peerj.4869

  • Chaves ÓM and Bicca-Marques JC (2017) Crop-feeding by brown howler monkeys (Alouatta guariba clamitans) in forest fragments: the conservation value of cultivated alien species. International Journal of Primatology 38 (2): 263-281. doi: 10.1007/s10764-016-9927-8

  • Lopes KGD and Bicca-Marques JC (2017) Ambient temperature and humidity modulate the behavioural thermoregulation of a small arboreal mammal (Callicebus bernhardi). Journal of Thermal Biology 69 (4): 104-109. doi: 10.1016/j.therbio.2017.06.010

  • Chaves ÓM and Bicca-Marques JC (2016) Feeding strategies of brown howler monkeys in response to variations in food availability. PLoS ONE 11(2): e0145819. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0145819


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