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

Villastrigo, A.; Fery, H.; Manuel, M.; Millán, A.; Ribera, I. 2017 Evolution of salinity tolerance in the diving beetle tribe Hygrotini (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae) Zoologica Scripta. In press

Sýkora, V.;García-Vázquez, D.;Sánchez-Fernández, D.;Ribera, I. 2017. Range expansion and ancestral niche reconstruction in the Mediterranean diving beetle genus Meladema (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae). Zoologica Scripta. 46(4):445-458

Rizzo, V.; Sánchez-Fernández, D.; Alonso, R.; Pastor, J. & Ribera, I. Substratum karstificability, dispersal and genetic structure in a strictly subterranean beetle Journal of Biogeography. 2017; 44:2527–2538. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.13074

Pallarès, S.; Arribas, P.; Bilton, D.T.; Millán, A.; Velasco, J. & Ribera, I. The chicken or the egg? Adaptation to desiccation and salinity tolerance in a lineage of water beetles Molecular Ecology. 2017; 26:5614 – 5628. DOI: DOI: 10.1111/mec.14334