This lab is interested in the origin and distribution of biodiversity, whether morphological, genetic, ecological or functional. The study groups of the Water and Cave Beetle Evolution lab are different lineages of aquatic and subterranean Coleoptera, mostly (but not exclusively) focused on the Holarctic, and, especially, the Mediterranean. Current research topics include (1) the Phylogeny, taxonomy and biogeography of different lineages of water and subterranean beetles; (2) the effect of habitat constraints in the macroecology and macroevolution of freshwater invertebrates; and (3) evolutionary convergence in subterranean beetles.

Lab website: Beetle Evolution Lab



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Publicaciones Publicaciones

Andújar, C.; Faille, A.; Pérez-González, S.; Zaballos, J.P.; Vogler, A.P.; and Ribera, I. (2016). Gondwanian relicts and oceanic dispersal in a cosmopolitan radiation of euedaphic ground beetles. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.03.013

Sánchez-Fernández, D.; Millán, A.; Abellán, P.; Picazo, F.; Carbonell, J.A.; Ribera, I. 2015. Atlas of Iberian water bettles (ESACIB database). ZooKeys 520: 147-154. 

Sánchez-Fernández, D.; Abellán, P. 2015. Using null models to identify under-represented species in protected areas: A case study using European amphibians and reptiles. Biological Conservation 184(0): 290-299.

Rizzo, V.; Sánchez- Fernández, D.; Fresneda, J.; Cieslak, A.; Ribera, I. 2015 Lack of evolutionary adjustment to ambient temperature in highly specialized cave beetles. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15(10). Ruiz-Trillo, I.; Paps, J. (2015). Acoelomorpha: earliest branching bilaterians or deuterostomes? Organisms Diversity & Evolution: 1-9. Ahead of print