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
Montagna, M.; Gómez-Zurita, J.; Giorgi, A.; Epis, S.; Lozzia, G.; and Bandi, C. 2014. Metamicrobiomics in herbivore beetles of the genus Cryptocephalus (Chrysomelidae): Towards the understanding of ecological determinants in insect symbiosis. Insect Science 22(3):340-52
Gómez-Zurita, J.; and Cardoso, A. 2014. Systematics of the New Caledonian endemic genus TaophilaHeller (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Eumolpinae) combining morphological, molecular and ecological data, with description of two new species. Systematic Entomology. 39 (1):111-126.
Chaboo, C.S.; Frieiro-Costa, F.A.; Gómez-Zurita, J.; and Westerduijn, R. 2014. Origins and diversification of subsociality in leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Chrysomelinae). Journal of Natural History. 48 (37-38):2325-2367
Andújar, C.; Soria-Carrasco, VI; Serrano, J.; and Gómez-Zurita, J. 2014. Congruence test of molecular clock calibration hypotheses based on Bayes factor comparisons. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 5 (3):226-242
Andújar, C.; Arribas, P.; Ruiz, C.; Serrano, J.; and Gómez-Zurita, J. 2014. Integration of conflict into integrative taxonomy: fitting hybridization in species delimitation of Mesocarabus (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Molecular Ecology. 23 (17):4344-4361