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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Publications Publications

Hidalgo-Galiana, A.; Monge, M.; Biron, D. G.;Canals, F.; Ribera, I.; Cieslak, A. (2016). Protein expression parallels thermal tolerance and ecologic changes in the diversification of a diving beetle species complexHeredity 116(1):114-23.

García-Vázquez, D.; Bilton, D.T.; Alonso, R.; Benetti, C.J.; Garrido, J.; Valladares, L.F.; and Ribera, I. (2016). Reconstructing ancient Mediterranean crossroads in Deronectes diving beetlesJournal of Biogeography 43(8):1533-1546. doi:10.1111/jbi.12740

Bruno, D., Gutiérrez-Cánovas, C.; Sánchez-Fernández, D.; Velasco, J.; and Nilsson, C. (2016). Impacts of environmental filters on functional redundancy in riparian vegetationJournal of Applied Ecology 53:846-855. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12619