Water and Cave Beetle Evolution Lab
Animal Biodiversity and Evolution Programme
Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF)
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The effect of habitat constraints in the macroecology and macroevolution of freshwater invertebrates

Current research lines

  • Habitat driven differences in evolutionary turnover
  • Evolution of habitat shifts in Dytiscidae
  • Ecological and biological factors associated with genetic isolation in narrow endemics and island faunas
  • Changes in distribution in Quaternary water beetles

Recent collaborators

  • Robert B. Angus [Quaternary fossils]
  • Cesar Benetti [Quaternary fossils]
  • Alfried Vogler

Recent publications

  • Sánchez-Fernández, D., Lobo, J.M., Millán, A. & Ribera, I. (2012) Habitat type mediates equilibrium with climatic conditions in the distribution of Iberian diving beetles. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 21: 988-997 [pdf].
  • Arribas, P. Velasco, J., Abellán, P., Sánchez-Fernández, D., Andújar, C., Calosi, P., Millán, A., Ribera, I. & Bilton, D.T. Dispersal ability rather than ecological tolerance drives differences in range size between lentic and lotic water beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). Journal of Biogeography, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2011.02641.x. [pdf] [supp.information].
  • Abellán, P. & Ribera, I. (2011) Geographic location and phylogeny are the main determinants of the size of the geographical range in aquatic beetles, BMC Evolutionary Biology, 11: 344. [pdf] [supp.1] [supp.2] [supp.3].
  • Abellán, P., Benetti, C.J., Angus, R.B. & Ribera, I. (2011) A review of Quaternary range shifts in European aquatic Coleoptera. Global Ecology and Biogeography 20: 87-100 [pdf] [supp. information].
  • Abellán, P., Millán, A. & Ribera, I. (2009) Parallel habitat-driven differences in the phylogeographic structure of two independent lineages of Mediterranean saline water beetles. Molecular Ecology, 18: 3885-3902. [request a pdf]
  • Ribera, I. (2008) Chapter 15: Habitat constraints and the generation of diversity in freshwater macroinvertebrates. In: Lancaster, J. & Briers, R.A. (eds) Aquatic Insects: Challenges to Populations. CAB International, UK, pp. 289-311. [request a pdf]
  • Ribera, I., Foster, G. N. & Vogler, A. P. (2003) Does habitat use explain large scale diversity patterns in European water beetles? Ecography 26: 145-152. [request a pdf][data supp]
  • Vogler, A. P. & Ribera, I. (2003) Evolutionary analysis of species richness patterns in aquatic beetles: why macroecology needs a historical perspective. In: Gaston, K. J. & Blackburn, T. eds., Macroecology: concepts and consequences. Blackwell, pp. 17-30. [google books] request a pdf
  • Ribera, I., Barraclough, T. G. & Vogler, A. P. (2001) The effect of habitat type on speciation rates and range movements in aquatic beetles: inferences from species-level phylogenies. Molecular Ecology 10: 721-735. [request a pdf]
  • Ribera, I. & Vogler, A. (2000) Habitat type as a determinant of species range sizes: the example of lotic-lentic differences in aquatic Coleopera. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 71: 35-52. [request a pdf]