Ugo Mendes Diniz

Research Department Life Science Systems
Technische Universität München
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
D-85354 Freising-Weihenstephan


Phone: +49 0152 02746484

Email: ugo.diniz[at]

ORCID: 000-003-3360-8314

Research Gate:

Research interest

  • Community Ecology
  • Pollination Ecology
  • Floral Biology
  • Mutualistic Networks
  • Tropical Ecology


    I am interested in various aspects of pollination ecology, including syndrome theory, urban pollination and interaction networks, with a special attention to nectarivorous bats and, more recently, insects. Most of my studies have been conducted in tropical ecosystems, especially in the savannas and dry forests of Brazil.

    My current focus is the assembly patterns and mechanisms of pollination networks. My PhD project aims at investigating the reassembly of diurnal and nocturnal interactions in response to forest regeneration in Ecuador, as part of the Reassembly Research Unit ( funded by the DFG.

Curriculum Vitae

01/2022-present: PhD candidate, Plant-Insect-Interactions, Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan, Technical University of Munich, Germany

03/2019-08/2021: Master of Science in Ecology, Ecology Department, University of Brasília, Brazil

06/2018-09/2018: Visiting Researching Student, School of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

03/2015-12/2018: Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil


Diniz, U. M., & Aguiar, L. M. S. (2022). Beyond a 'perfect fit': the interplay between morphology and spatiotemporal overlap as determinants of microstructure in a bat-flower network. Scientific Reports (preprint)doi:10.21203/

Domingos-Melo, A., Albuquerque-Lima, S., Diniz, U. M., Machado, I. C., Lopes, A. V. Bat pollination in the Caatinga: review of studies and peculiarities of the system. (Under review at Flora). 

Diniz, U. M., & Aguiar, L. M. S. Spatiotemporal trends in nectarivory by Neotropical bats, with comments on the specialized diet of the endangered Lonchophylla dekeyseri (Phyllostomidae). (Under review at Journal of Animal Ecology).

Diniz, U. M., Fischer, N. L. S., & Aguiar, L. M. S. (2022). Changing the main course: strong bat visitation to the ornithophilous mistletoe Psittacanthus robustus (Loranthaceae) in a Neotropical savanna. Biotropica, 54(2), 478-489.

Diniz, U. M., Nadia T. L., Mello, M. A. R. M., Machado, I. C. (2022). Few plants and one dominant fly shape a unique pollination network in a Neotropical mangrove. Aquatic Botany, 180(2), 103526.

Albuquerque-Lima, S., Diniz, U. M., & Machado, I. C. (2022). A nectar oasis for urban Glossophaginae bats: Temporal resource dynamics of the chiropterophilous Crescentia cujete (Bignoniaceae). Urban Forestry & Urban Greening67, 127412.

Ramalho, D. F., Diniz, U. M., & Aguiar, L. (2021). Anthropization Affects the Assembly of Bat-Bat Fly Interaction Networks. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 454.

Queiroz, J. A., Diniz, U. M., Vázquez, D. P., Quirino, Z. M., Santos, F. A., Mello, M. A., & Machado, I. C. (2021). Bats and hawkmoths form mixed modules with flowering plants in a nocturnal interaction network. Biotropica53(2), 596-607.

Domingos-Melo, A., Diniz, U. M., Chalegre, S. L., & Machado, I. C. (2021). “Sweet Rain” from Bat-Pollinated Flowers: How Does Sugar Concentration Modulate Nectar Retention?. International Journal of Plant Sciences182(1), 71-77.

Diniz, U. M., Domingos-Melo, A., & Machado, I. C. (2019). Flowers up! The effect of floral height along the shoot axis on the fitness of bat-pollinated species. Annals of botany124(5), 809-818.

Diniz, U. M., Lima, S. A., & Machado, I. C. (2019). Short-distance pollen dispersal by bats in an urban setting: monitoring the movement of a vertebrate pollinator through fluorescent dyes. Urban Ecosystems22(2), 281-291.