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

Principal Investigator Principal Investigator

Current members Current members

Ongoing projects Ongoing projects

Publications Publications

Gómez-Zurita J.; Cardoso A. 2019. Phylogeographic assessment of mtDNA paraphyly and the evolution of unisexuality in Calligrapha (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. (): doi: 10.1111/jzs.12269


Merckx, J.; Van Roie, M.; Gómez-Zurita, J.; Dekoninck, W. 2018. From theory to practice: a photographic inventory of museum collections to optimize collection management. Biodiversity Informatics:38-48 doi: 10.17161/bi.v13i0.7036


Gomez-Zurita J. 2018. Description of Kumatoeides gen. Nov. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Eumolpinae) from New Caledonia. Zootaxa. 4521(1):89-115 doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4521.1.4


Vizán-Rico, H.I.; Gómez-Zurita, J. 2017. Testis-specific RNA-Seq of Calligrapha (Chrysomelidae) as a transcriptomic resource for male-biased gene inquiry in Coleoptera. Molecular Ecology Resources [ePub ahead of print]