Phylogeography and Evolution of Marine Invertebrates

Most of the invertebrate higher level diversity occurs in the ocean, and our lab has been interested in elucidating the systematics, biogeography, phylogeography and ecology of a diversity of marine groups, from sponges to annelids, platyhelminths or nemerteans, among others.

Past Funding:

  • NemPhyl: Reconstructing Nemertean Phylogeny using phylogenomic tools [Nemertean Consortium]
  • Sipuncula: Their Phylogeny and Phylogeography              

Highlighted publications:

  •  Kawauchi, G. Y., Giribet, G. 2010. Are there true cosmopolitan sipunculan worms? A genetic variation study within Phascolosoma perlucens (Sipuncula, Phascolosomatidae). Marine Biology 157, 1417-1431.
  • Kawauchi, G. Y., Sharma, P. P., Giribet, G. 2012. Sipunculan phylogeny based on six genes, with a new classification and the descriptions of two new families. Zoologica Scripta 41, 186-210.
  • Andrade, S. C. S., Montenegro, H., Strand, M., Schwartz, M., Kajihara, H., Norenburg, J. L., Turbeville, J. M., Sundberg, P., Giribet, G. 2014. A transcriptomic approach to ribbon worm systematics (Nemertea): resolving the Pilidiophora problem. Mol. Biol. Evol. 31, 3206-3215.
  • Kawauchi, G. Y., Giribet, G. 2014. Sipunculus nudus Linnaeus, 1766 (Sipuncula): cosmopolitan or a group of pseudo-cryptic species? An integrated molecular and morphological approach. Marine Ecology 35, 478-491.
  • Riesgo, A., Farrar, N., Windsor, P. J., Giribet, G., Leys, S. P. 2014. The analysis of eight transcriptomes from all Porifera classes reveals surprising genetic complexity in sponges. Mol. Biol. Evol. 31, 1102-1120.
  • Riesgo, A., Novo, M., Sharma, P. P., Peterson, M., Maldonado, M., Giribet, G. 2014. Inferring the ancestral sexuality and reproductive condition in sponges (Porifera). Zoologica Scripta 43, 101-117.
  • Andrade, S. C. S., Novo, M., Kawauchi, G. Y., Worsaae, K., Pleijel, F., Giribet, G., Rouse, G. W. 2015. Articulating “archiannelids”: Phylogenomics and annelid relationships, with emphasis on meiofaunal taxa. Mol. Biol. Evol. 32, 2860-2875.
  • Fernández, R., Lemer, S., McIntyre, E., Giribet, G. 2015. Comparative phylogeography and population genetic structure of three widespread mollusc species in the Mediterranean and near Atlantic. Marine Ecology 36, 701-715.
  • Giribet, G., Kawauchi, G. Y. 2015. How many species of Siphonaria pectinata (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia) are there? Journal of Molluscan Studies, eyv038.
  • Lemer, S., Kawauchi, G. Y., Andrade, S. C. S., González, V. L., Boyle, M. J., Giribet, G. 2015. Re-evaluating the phylogeny of Sipuncula through transcriptomics. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 83, 174-183.
  • Riesgo, A., Maldonado, M., López-Legentil, S., Giribet, G. 2015. A proposal for the evolution of cathepsin and silicatein in sponges. Journal of Molecular Evolution 80, 278-291.