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:

  • Phylogeny, taxonomy and biogeography of different lineages of water beetles [more]
  • Phylogeny and biogeography of Mediterranean cave & endogean beetles [more]
  • The effect of habitat constraints in the macroecology and macroevolution of freshwater invertebrates [more]
  • Evolution of the size of the geographical range [more]
  • Functional morphology & ecology of beetles [more]

Some recent publications

  • Hidalgo-Galiana, A., Monge, M.m Biron, D.G., Canals, F., Ribera, I. & Cieslak, A. Protein expression parallels thermal tolerance and ecologic changes in the diversification of a diving beetle species complex. Heredity,doi:10.1038/hdy.2015.80 [pdf][sup1][sup2].[heredity podcast, from 11'15"][mp3 file]
  • Cieslak, A., Fresneda, J. & Ribera, I. (2014) Life history evolution and diversification in Leptodirini cave beetles. Proc. R. Soc. London B., 281: 20132978. [pdf]
  • Arribas, P., Andújar, C., Abellán, P., Velasco, J., Millán, A. & Ribera, I. (2014) Tempo and mode of the multiple origins of salinity tolerance in a water beetle lineage. Molecular Ecology, 23: 360-373 [pdf]
  • Abellán, P., Sánchez-Fernández, D., Picazo, F., Millán, A., Lobo, J.M. & Ribera, I. (2013) Preserving the evolutionary history of freshwater biota in Iberian National Parks. Biological Conservation, 162:116-126 [pdf] [supp.information].
  • Rizzo, V., Comas, J., Fadrique, F., Fresneda, J. & Ribera, I. (2013) Early Pliocene range expansion of a clade of subterranean Pyrenean beetles. Journal of Biogeography, 40:1861-1873 [pdf]
  • Sánchez-Fernández, D., Lobo, J.M., Millán, A. & Ribera, I. (2012) Habitat persistence mediates time to equilibrium in the geographical distribution of Iberian diving beetles. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 21: 988-997 [pdf]


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: August 2015