This lab studies butterfly diversity patterns in time and space, as well as their evolutionary causes. Its end goal is to answer longstanding questions regarding the limits between species, chromosomal evolution and the link between phylogeography and ecology. When did a group of butterflies colonise the New World and what route did they follow? How did parasitism evolve from a friendly association between species? Are there species that we cannot visually distinguish? Can a butterfly cross the Sahara desert? These are a few examples of the questions addressed by the Butterfly Diversity & Evolution lab.

Lab website: Butterfly Diversity & Evolution Lab

Roger Vila Ujaldón

Vila Ujaldón, Roger
CSIC Tenured Scientist
Butterfly Diversity and Evolution Lab

Valéria Carvalho Marques

Carvalho Marques, Valéria
Predoctoral Researcher
Butterfly diversity and evolution

Cecilia Corbella Felip

Corbella Felip, Cecilia
Laboratory Technician
Butterfly Diversity & Evolution Lab

Mattia Menchetti

Menchetti, Mattia
Predoctoral Researcher
Butterfly Diversity and Evolution

Loukia Spilani

Spilani, Loukia
Predoctoral Researcher
Butterfly diversity and evolution

Eric Toro Delgado

Toro Delgado, Eric
Predoctoral Researcher
Butterfly diversity and evolution

Dincǎ V, Lukhtanov VA, Talavera G, Vila R. 2011. Unexpected layers of cryptic diversity in wood white Leptidea butterflies. Nature Communications, 2(1). DOI:10.1038/ncomms1329

Dincǎ V, Dapporto L, Vila R. 2011. A combined genetic-morphometric analysis unravels the complex biogeographical history of Polyommatus icarus and Polyommatus celina common blue butterflies. Molecular Ecology, 20(18):3921-3935. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05223.x

Dapporto L, Schmitt T, Vila R, Scalercio S, Biermann H, Dincǎ V, Gayubo SF, González JA, Lo Cascio P, Dennis RLH. 2011. Phylogenetic island disequilibrium: Evidence for ongoing long-term population dynamics in two Mediterranean butterflies. Journal of Biogeography, 38(5):854-867. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2010.02452.x

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