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Linking phylogeography to ecology: extracting rules for butterfly biodiversity at large spatial scale

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Organization address
address: CALLE SERRANO 117
city: MADRID
postcode: 28006

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 170˙121 €
 EC max contribution 170˙121 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2017-08-31


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 Project objective

Phylogeography is one of the most integrative disciplines within biology, involving genetics, ecology, geospatial analyses, climatology and computer science. Despite its potential to unravel the determinants that shape biodiversity and to predict the effects of global changes on organisms, phylogeography has not yet been projected onto a unified ecological and evolutionary framework, mainly because most studies rely only on restricted subsets of species without revealing patterns at community levels. The Eco-PhyloGeo project aims to fill this gap for the West Mediterranean butterflies by creating and correlating two datasets: i) a high-resolution assessment of the genetic diversity for the mitochondrial gene COI of all the butterfly species occurring in this area, and ii) a dataset for the main ecological traits of all European butterflies. A substantial amount of the data are already available to the ER and the supervisor, and the datasets will be completed by training-through-research. In addition, the creation of new phylogeographic indexes will allow the partitioning of species genetic structure over space in nestedness and turnover components. The project has two ambitious yet feasible objectives: 1) Complete and freely release the DNA and the species traits datasets together with a R package to allow a wide use of these resources in biogeography, ecology and taxonomy. 2) Provide for the first time a mathematical background to link species phylogeography with ecological traits for an entire and large animal taxon. Given the novelty of the analyses and the unprecedented geographic resolution and taxonomic completeness of the datasets (around 12,000 sequences and about 20 ecological traits for 450 butterfly species), the Eco-PhyloGeo is expected to have a great impact on the scientific community represent a key step towards drawing out general rules in phylogeography and ultimately determining biodiversity patterns.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Jan Christian Habel, Roger Vila, Raluca Vodă, Martin Husemann, Thomas Schmitt, Leonardo Dapporto
Differentiation in the marbled white butterfly species complex driven by multiple evolutionary forces
published pages: , ISSN: 0305-0270, DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12868
Journal of Biogeography 2019-06-14
2016 Raluca Vodă, Leonardo Dapporto, Vlad Dincă, Tim G. Shreeve, Mourad Khaldi, Ghania Barech, Khellaf Rebbas, Paul Sammut, Stefano Scalercio, Paul D. N. Hebert, Roger Vila
Historical and contemporary factors generate unique butterfly communities on islands
published pages: 28828, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep28828
Scientific Reports 6 2019-06-14
2016 Juan L. Hernández-Roldán, Leonardo Dapporto, Vlad Dincă, Juan C. Vicente, Emily A. Hornett, Jindra Šíchová, Vladimir A. Lukhtanov, Gerard Talavera, Roger Vila
Integrative analyses unveil speciation linked to host plant shift in Spialia butterflies
published pages: 4267-4284, ISSN: 0962-1083, DOI: 10.1111/mec.13756
Molecular Ecology 25/17 2019-06-14

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