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ZooSysEvo

ZOOSYSEVO is a research group that spans across multiple institutions and disciplines. Our objective is to uncover the processes that generate and shape biodiversity. The use of molecular tools and phylogenetic approaches provides a common ground for interaction among the group members. We strive to become a leading research group in the field of animal systematics and evolution by promoting synergies among members and fostering brainstorming activities. We are dedicated to promoting science among the public, and transferring knowledge and innovation are areas we prioritize within our group.

The loss of biodiversity and the deterioration of natural ecosystems are among the most significant challenges that societies face today. Biodiversity plays a vital role in the functioning of ecosystems that ultimately provide services such as food, water, and energy resources to human societies. It is also essential to consider the ethical aspects of conservation and the emotional well-being associated with the integration of societies with their natural environment. ZOOSYSEVO is well-equipped to contribute to addressing the social challenge posed by the overexploitation of natural systems and ensuring their conservation and sustainable management, thanks to our combined expertise and capacity.

Responsible Research and Innovation

Media

Congratulation @dr.voctor for a terrific work and excellent PhD defense! @irbioub @biologiaub

14 November 2023

4-year PhD contract to study spider communities and it’s drivers in Iberian cork-oak forests available at @spidersysevo. Submitt letter of motivation and CV to Miquel Arnedo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 15th 2023. https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/wpnugy0n4kz4kmybkv0fj/spidersysevo_phd23_details.pdf?rlkey=r72p0mqlo1y6pxt353dqgcm1i&dl=0

21 August 2023

An intense week working on Turkish Red Devil spiders with the best host ever @harpactea . New friends ramulosus. Great collaboration. Exciting discoveries waiting ahead.

17 June 2023

The @spidersysevo Greek spider collection trip continuous, gathering old friends in the way

07 June 2022

Darko Cotoras, originally from Santiago de Chile, is a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow from the Senckenberg Museum and research associate at the California Academy of Sciences. He is visiting the Arnedo lab to generate Scanning Electron Microscopy and optical stacking images for a taxonomic revision of the genus Selkirkiella (Theridiidae). These spiders are endemic to the temperate rainforests of southern Chile and Argentina, as well as the Juan Fernández Archipelago. #arachnology #arnedolab #spiders #theridiidae #science #ub #taxonomy

05 April 2022
#arachnology, #arnedolab, #spiders, #theridiidae, #science, #ub, #taxonomy

XX Iberian Congress of Arachnology in Menorca. #arachnology #menorca #gia

15 October 2021
#arachnology, #menorca, #gia

Successful first day setting up plots and pitfalls for COBRA inventorying #santllorençdelmunt #spider #springtails

23 September 2021
#santllorençdelmunt, #spider, #springtails

Preparing everything for the next sampling. #fieldwork #arachnology #science #ub

21 September 2021
#fieldwork, #arachnology, #science, #ub

Caving in the Italian Alps with #Marco_Isaia @spycaver @spidersysevo #troglohyphantes

01 September 2021
#Marco_Isaia, #troglohyphantes

Shiftng gears. Lagodekhi. The most amazing beeca forest I have ever seen. Home of the endemic Cryptoparachtes dysderid genus.

09 June 2021

After more than a year, Finally, back to the field. @spidersysevo chasing Dysderidae in Georgia, the Caucasus

03 June 2021

The second edition of the spider sampling and identification course by @spidersysevo. Amazing organization by @bdsitges

09 May 2021

Jagoba Malumbres Olarte is a former visitor of the Arnedo Lab who has been collaborating with the group for a long time. He is an ecologist working mainly on spiders, and his research focuses on understanding the eco-evolutionary processes behind community assembly, as well as on performing, analysing and redefining spider inventories. Apart from that, he is also a scientific illustrator, and he is currently the co-director of our PhD student Marc Domènech. #arachnology #science #spider #ecology #ibercoding #biodiversity

20 April 2021
#arachnology, #science, #spider, #ecology, #ibercoding, #biodiversity

Albert Sevil is an undergrad student doing his bachelor’s project in the Arnedo Lab. His work aims at revealing the diversity of spiders in the Sant Llorenç del Munt natural park. He has already identified more than 2,000 specimens, including a species recorded for the first time in the Iberian Peninsula. The spiders were collected with the COBRA sampling protocol in two different types of forests, which will allow to test the differences in diversity between different habitats. #arnedolab #science #ub #irbio #arachnology #spider #taxonomy #santllorençdelmunt

06 April 2021
#arnedolab, #science, #ub, #irbio, #arachnology, #spider, #taxonomy, #santllorençdelmunt

Sabrina is a MSc student at the Arnedo Lab. She already conducted her bachelor’s project in the group, using linear morphometrics to test character displacement in Dysdera spiders from the Canary Islands. For her MSc thesis, she will perform similar analyses but focusing on the diversification of the Laminacauda sheet weavers endemic to Juan Fernández islands, off the coast of Chile. #arnedolab #science #arachnology #ub #irbio #spider #dysdera #canarias #evolution

30 March 2021
#arnedolab, #science, #arachnology, #ub, #irbio, #spider, #dysdera, #canarias, #evolution

Second round of spider fridays with interesting findings like Eratigena atrica (the palp in the picture), Araneus pallidus, Amaurobius similis and even a new record for the Iberian Peninsula 😮 #arachnology #spiderfriday #ub #irbio #spider #taxonomy #arnedolab

27 March 2021
#arachnology, #spiderfriday, #ub, #irbio, #spider, #taxonomy, #arnedolab

Spider Fridays are back with more identification sessions! Today, some common species (like Linyphia triangularis, Agroeca inopina, Saitis barbipes or Drapetisca socialis) and a few enigmatic linyphiids 😮🕷️ #arachnology #ub #arnedolab #irbio #spiders #taxonomy

19 March 2021
#arachnology, #ub, #arnedolab, #irbio, #spiders, #taxonomy

Marc Domènech is a biologist from Barcelona who is doing his PhD in the Arnedo Lab. He also did his final degree project in the group, where he identified and compared the diversity of spiders from two types of forests. Now in his PhD he combines semiquantitative inventories and DNA Barcoding to reveal the patterns of taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity of spiders in oak forests of the Iberian Peninsula, as well as the drivers that shape these patterns. He also uses a metabarcoding approach to quantify the effect of not including juvenile stages in spider inventories. #arnedolab #science #arachnology #ub #irbio #phd #spider #dna #dnabarcoding #biodiversity #systematics #ibercoding

16 March 2021
#arnedolab, #science, #arachnology, #ub, #irbio, #phd, #spider, #dna, #dnabarcoding, #biodiversity, #systematics, #ibercoding

Alba Enguídanos is a biotechnologist from Valencia, Spain. She did her Master's project in the group, where she applied species delimitation methods to different lineages of spiders of the genus Cteniza. Now, altogether with a genomic study with Hogna spiders from Madeira, she is the responsible of the wet lab, where she generates tones of molecular data by performing molecular techniques such as karyotyping, genome size quantification, HMW-DNA extraction, gene amplification as well as NGS like metabarcoding, RAD-seq and low-coverage genome lib-preps, among others. #arnedolab #science #ub #irbio #arachnology #dna #spiders #lab #hogna

11 March 2021
#arnedolab, #science, #ub, #irbio, #arachnology, #dna, #spiders, #lab, #hogna

Adrià Bellvert is a PhD student from Catalunya doing his thesis in the Arnedo Lab. His research tries to test if the incredible diversity of spiders of the genus Dysdera in the Canary islands (more than 50 species in the archipelago) is the result of a process of adaptive radiation. For that, he uses geometric morphometrics and phylogenetic comparative methods together with other approaches to disentangle the evolutionary processes that led to that Dysdera species richness in the region. Also, he has recently published a paper on the endemic Theridion spiders from Hawaii, where 8 new species are described. #arnedolab #arachnology #spiders #science #ub #irbio #evolution #systematics #dysdera

08 March 2021
#arnedolab, #arachnology, #spiders, #science, #ub, #irbio, #evolution, #systematics, #dysdera

Members

Miquel A. Arnedo

CATEDRÀTIC

Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals, Facultat de Biologia Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat Universitat de Barcelona

Berta Caballero

CURADORA

Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona

Eulàlia Garcia

CURADORA

Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona.

Jesús Gómez-Zurita Frau

CIENTÍFIC TITULAR

Institut Botànic de Barcelona (CSIC-Ajuntament de Barcelona)

Antigoni Kaliontzopoulou

INVESTIGADORA RyC

Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals, Facultat de Biologia Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat Universitat de Barcelona

Eduardo Mateos

TÈCNIC/PROFESSOR ASSOCIAT

Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals, Facultat de Biologia Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat Universitat de Barcelona

Juan Moles

LECTOR

Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals, Facultat de Biologia Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat Universitat de Barcelona

Francesc Muñoz

PROFESSOR TITULAR

Unitat de Zoologia, Departament de Biologia Animal, Biologia Vegetal i Ecologia Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Cesc Mùrria

LECTOR

Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals, Facultat de Biologia Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat Universitat de Barcelona

Juli Pujade-Villar

CATEDRÀTIC

Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals, Facultat de Biologia Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat Universitat de Barcelona

Events

Today

06 December, 13:24

The conferences will be held at the Edifici de Zoologia. Unless stated otherwise, the research group seminars will be held at the old building of the Museum of Zoology.

Upcoming Events
  • Biennial Meeting of the Spanish Society of Evolutionary Biology
    The IX Meeting of the Spa...
    16 January, 23:00 - 18 January, 23:00