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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Toussaint, E.F.A.; Beutel, R.G.; Morinière, J.; Jia, F.; Xu, S.; Michat, M.C.; Zhou, X.; Bilton, D.T.; Ribera, I.; Hájek, J.; Balke, M. 2016. Molecular phylogeny of the highly disjunct cliff water beetles from South Africa and China (Coleoptera: Aspidytidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 176(3):537-546

Sánchez-Fernández, D.; Rizzo, V.; Cieslak, A.; Faille, A.; Fresneda, J.; and Ribera, I. 2016. Thermal niche estimators and the capability of poor dispersal species to cope with climate changeScientific Reports 6:23381. doi: 10.1038/srep23381

Rudoy, A.; and Ribera, I. (2016). The macroevolution of size and complexity in insect male genitaliaPeerJ Preprint

Rudoy, A.; Beutel, R.G.; and Ribera, I. (2016). Evolution of the male genitalia in the genus Limnebius Leach, 1815 (Coleoptera, Hydraenidae)Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 178:(1)-97-127 doi: 10.1111/zoj.12402

Morinière, J.; Van Dam, M.H.; Hawlitschek, O.; Bergsten, J.; Michat, M.C.; Hendrich, L.; Ribera, I.; Toussaint, E.F.; and Balke, M. (2016). Phylogenetic niche conservatism explains an inverse latitudinal diversity gradient in freshwater arthropodsScientific Reports 6:26340