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
Bilton, D.T.;Ribera, I. 2017. A revision of Meladema diving beetles (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae), with the description of a new species from the central Mediterranean based on molecules and morphology. ZooKeys. 702:45-112
Andújar C;Pérez-González S;Arribas P;Zaballos JP;Vogler AP;Ribera I 2017. Speciation below ground: Tempo and mode of diversification in a radiation of endogean ground beetles.. Molecular Ecology. 26(21):6053-6070
Abellán, P.; Ribera, I. 2017. Using phylogenies to trace the geographical signal of diversification. Journal Of Biogeography. 44(10):2236-2246