Water and Cave Beetle Evolution Lab
Animal Biodiversity and Evolution Programme
Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF)
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Research Interests

We are interested in the origin and distribution of biodiversity, whether morphological, genetic, ecological or functional. Our study groups are different lineages of aquatic and subterranean Coleoptera, mostly (but not exclusively) focused on the Holarctic, and specially the Mediterranean. Current research topics include:

  • Systematics of different lineages of water beetles
  • Systematics and evolution of Mediterranean cave & endogean beetles
  • The effect of habitat constraints in the macroecology and macroevolution of freshwater invertebrate


Some recent publications

  • Bilton, D.T., Ribera, I. & Short, A.E.Z .(2019) Water beetles as models in ecology and evolution. Annual Review of Entomology, 64: 359-377 [pdf]
  • Fery, H. & Ribera, I. (2018) Phylogeny and taxonomic revision of Deronectina Galewski, 1992 (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae: Hydroporinae: Hydroporini). Zootaxa, 4474: 1-104.[pdf]
  • Andújar, C., Pérez-González, S., Arribas, P., Zaballos, J.P., Vogler, A.P. & Ribera, I. (2017) Speciation below ground: tempo and mode of diversification in a radiation of endogean ground beetles. Molecular Ecology, 26: 6053-6070. [pdf]
  • Pallares, S., Arribas, P., Bilton, D.T., Millán, A., Velasco, J. & Ribera, I. (2017) The chicken or the egg? Adaptation to desiccation and salinity tolerance in a lineage of water beetles. Molecular Ecology,26: 5614-5628.[pdf][ecomandanga blog]
  • García-Vázquez, D., Bilton, D.T., Alonso, R., Benetti, C.J., Garrido, J., Valladares, L.F. & Ribera, I. (2016) Reconstructing ancient Mediterranean crossroads in Deronectes diving beetles. Journal of Biogeography, 43: 1533-1545 [pdf].
  • Sánchez-Fernández, D., Rizzo, V., Cieslak, A., Faille, A., Fresneda, J. & Ribera, I. (2016) Thermal niche estimators and the capability of poor dispersal species to cope with climate change. Scientific Reports, 6: 23381[pdf][supp]

New Atlas of Iberian water beetles published:

Millán, A., Sánchez-Fernández, D., Abellán, P., Picazo, F., Carbonell, J.A., Lobo, J.M. & Ribera, I. (2014) Atlas de los coleópteros acuáticos de España peninsular. Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente. Madrid, 820 pp.[pdf]




IDE@, a new online resource to compile the available basic information on Iberian, Balearic and Macaronesian marine and terrestrial arthropods





Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF)
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Last update: January 2019