The interests of the Herbivore Beetle Evolution Lab range from the systematics and community structure of leaf beetles to the study of geographic speciation and the spatial structure of genetic diversity within a temporal framework (phylogeography), as well as the investigation of biological processes such as hybridisation, unisexuality or insect-host plant associations from an evolutionary perspective. In recent years, the emphasis of its research has been on the study of biological interactions, including the study of herbivore beetle diets, the assemblage of their communities, and their symbiotic relationships with bacteria.
Lab website: Gómez-Zurita Lab
Papadopoulou, A.; Chesters. D.; Coronado, I.; De la Cadena, G.; Cardoso, A.; Reyes, J. C.; Maes, J.-M.; Rueda, R. M.; Gómez-Zurita, J. 2015. Automated DNA-based plant identification for large-scale biodiversity assessment. Molecular Ecology Resources 15(1): 136-152.
Montelongo, T.; Gómez-Zurita, J.2015. Nonrandom Patterns of Genetic Admixture Expose the Complex Historical Hybrid Origin of Unisexual Leaf Beetle Species in the Genus Calligrapha. The American Naturalist 185(1): 113-134.
Montagna, M.; Gómez-Zurita. J.; Giorgi, A.; Epis, S.; Lozzia, G.; Bandi, C. 2015. Metamicrobiomics in herbivore beetles of the genus Cryptocephalus (Chrysomelidae): toward the understanding of ecological determinants in insect symbiosis. Insect Science 22(3): 340-352.