Cesc Múrria

Cesc Múrria
University of Barcelona | UB · Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals

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Additional affiliations
June 2017 - October 2017
University of Barcelona
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
February 2013 - present
Université de Sherbrooke
Position
  • PostDoc Position
July 2009 - January 2012
Natural History Museum, London
Description
  • Postdoctoral fellowship

Publications

Publications (49)
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Understanding the biogeography and geographical distributions of functional traits and species and their contribution to global patterns of biodiversity is still challenging ecology and evolutionary biology. The responses of species to environmental conditions and biotic interactions are determined by their functional traits, which are defined as t...
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Aim: Community assembly processes are difficult to observe in nature but can be inferred from species diversity patterns. However, taxonomic patterns may be consistent with multiple explanations, such as habitat filtering or biogeographical processes, which can also act differently across spatial scales. Here, we assessed multiple facets of diversi...
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• The current rate of species loss calls for immediate actions to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Cataloguing species richness and composition, and revealing how diversity is geographically distributed are the first steps towards designing efficient conservation strategies. • Here, we aim to determine diversity patterns and potenti...
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Aim Assuming genetic variants are selectively neutral, estimates of intraspecific genetic diversity and population structure should increase simultaneously in parallel to coalescent time, population size and gene flow. However, other processes, such as genetic drift associated with demographic fluctuations, might cause a loss of genetic diversity w...
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• A fundamental question in macroecology is how contemporary and historical environments, species interactions and evolutionary processes contribute to determining community structure and shape current large‐scale taxa distributions. • We used a novel perspective simultaneously considering taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity to elucid...
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Temporary rivers are characterized by shifting habitats between flowing, isolated pools, and dry phases. Despite the fact that temporary rivers are currently receiving increasing attention by researchers and managers, the isolated pools phase has been largely disregarded. However, isolated pools in temporary rivers are transitional habitats of majo...
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Aim To analyse temporal metacommunity dynamics in river networks in relation to hydrological conditions and dispersal. Location Fifteen river reaches from the Llobregat, Besòs and Foix catchments in the North‐Eastern Iberian Peninsula. Taxon Aquatic macroinvertebrates belonging to 99 different families. Methods We sampled aquatic macroinvertebra...
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Aim Macroecological studies have commonly used study‐specific subsets of taxa to calculate metrics of functional diversity (FD) and explore their spatial patterns. However, FD metrics can be biased if the functional space (FS) does not cover an extensive, common and representative range of trait variation. Here, we propose an overarching FS coverin...
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Towards an Iberian DNA barcode reference library of freshwater macroinvertebrates and fishes Freshwater macroinvertebrates and fishes are focal groups in major ecosystem biomonitoring programs in the Iberian Peninsula. Yet, their use as bioindicators is sometimes constrained by the time and cost needed for sorting macroinvertebrates specimens and t...
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The waterbug Aphelocheirus aestivalis is herein recorded for the first time in Northeastern Iberian Peninsula, constituting the first citation of the family Aphelocheiridae in the region. Yet, later on in 1989, the description of three new endemic Iberian species belonging to Aphelocheirus implied the assumption that A. aestivalis was absent in the...
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Conservation and sustainable management of aquatic ecosystems is a priority in environmental programs worldwide. However, these aims are highly dependent on the efficiency, accuracy and cost of existent methods for the detection of keystone species and monitoring of biological communities. Rapid advances in eDNA, barcoding and metabarcoding promote...
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Climate change is predicted to progressively shift habitat characteristics that will alter the distribution and eco‐physiological responses of organisms. High‐elevation stream insects without extensive dispersal are expected to be highly vulnerable if they are unable to track predicted shifts. Understanding dispersal is therefore crucial to impleme...
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Over the last decade, steady advancements have been made in the use of DNA-based methods for detection of species in a wide range of ecosystems. This progress has culminated in molecular monitoring methods being employed for the detection of several species for enforceable management purposes of endangered, invasive, and illegally harvested species...
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Environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis is a rapid, non-invasive, cost-efficient biodiversity monitoring tool with enormous potential to inform aquatic conservation and management. Development is ongoing, with strong commercial interest, and new uses are continually being discovered. General applications of eDNA and guidelines for best practice in freshw...
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How species will respond to current rates of climate change is a critical question in biodiversity conservation. Climate change has the potential to modify habitat characteristics and, consequently, it is predicted that: 1) many species may shift their distribution ranges to higher latitudes or altitudes to remain in a similar environmental niche;...
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Annual report of 2017 that the FEHMlab research group of the University of Barcelona performs for the Department of the Environment and the Area of Natural Areas of the Diputació de Barcelona. It is the final result of the studies of the CARIMED 2017 agreement (Efectes del Canvi Ambiental en les comunitats d'organismes dels RIus MEDiterranis). This...
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Iberian freshwater macro-invertebrate diversity, database construction for COI reference library which can be implemented for biomonitoring programs within the region as a cost effective means for habitat assesments.
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Community assembly is determined by a combination of historical events and contemporary processes that are difficult to disentangle, but eco-evolutionary mechanisms may be uncovered by the joint analysis of species and genetic diversity across multiple sites. Mountain streams across Europe harbour highly diverse macroinvertebrate communities whose...
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The rates of species and trait diversification vary across the Tree-of-Life and over time. Whereas species richness and clade age generally are decoupled, the correlation of accumulated trait diversity of clades (trait disparity) with clade age remains poorly explored. Total trait disparity may be coupled with clade age if the growth of disparity (...
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Four new species of the genus Atopsyche Banks (Hydrobiosidae) from Pantepui biogeographical region (Venezuela) are described and illustrated: Atopsyche (Atopsaura) inmae n. sp., Atopsyche (Atopsaura) cristinae n. sp., Atopsyche (Atopsaura) svitoki n. sp., and Atopsyche (Atopsaura) carmenae n. sp. Molecular analyses (cox1 sequences) allowed larva-ad...
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A critic question in biodiversity conservation is how species will response in front of current rates of Climate Change. Such environmental alterations have the potential to modify habitat characteristics and, consequently, it is predicted that many species may shift their ranges to higher latitudes or altitudes to remain in a constant environmenta...
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Across environmental gradients, some functional strategies are favoured over others resulting in differences in local species composition and distribution of any given functional trait. This generates among-Species Trait Variability (STV) across the gradient (reflecting species turnover), as well as spatial Intraspecific Trait Variability (ITV), wh...
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The Hydropsyche instabilis group is a diverse Palearctic group composed of more than 30 species, many of them local endemics. The exact number of species in the Mediterranean Basin remains ambiguous, mainly due to the high variability of the genitalia and the lack of indepth taxonomic studies in some areas. In this paper, we describe the adult male...
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Diversity is not evenly distributed in space. Across environmental gradients, some functional strategies are favoured over others based on their tolerance to the prevailing abiotic and biotic conditions, which results in differences in local species composition and Functional trait Diversity (FD) among communities. Therefore, FD can be decomposed i...
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Diversity is not evenly distributed in space. Across environmental gradients some functional strategies are favoured over others resulting in differences in Intraspecific functional Trait Variability (ITV) but also in local species composition (Species Trait Variability, STV), which together contribute to within and among Community Trait Variabilit...
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AimNeotropical highland streams have shown diminished ecosystem functioning after amphibian extirpation infected by the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. The loss of amphibians could affect communities of aquatic insects co-occurring in these streams in various ways. We examined patterns of species and genetic diversity of these commun...
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This study aimed to describe patterns of diversity of Baetidae (Ephemeroptera) at the community and population levels within the Montseny Mountain range (North-East Iberian Peninsula). We studied both the distribution of 4 species of baetids in 20 sites among three catchments along the altitudinal gradient (350-1700 masl); and the genetic diversity...
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Biodiversity is comprised of genetic and phenotypic variation among individual organisms, which might belong to the same species or to different species. Spatial patterns of biodiversity are of central interest in ecology and evolution for several reasons: to identify general patterns in nature (e.g., species-area relationships, latitudinal gradien...
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Climate change will cause relict alpine glaciers to disappear within decades. Associated high-altitude streams will face significant hydrological changes that might affect population genetic diversity of lotic species. In a recent study of glacier-fed streams in the Pyrenees, Finn et al. (2013) predicted that a large proportion of regional genetic...
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AimHigh gamma diversity in tropical montane forests may be ascribed to high geographical turnover of community composition, resulting from population isolation that leads to speciation. We studied the evolutionary processes responsible for diversity and turnover in assemblages of tropical scarab beetles (Scarabaeidae) by assessing DNA sequence vari...
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The influence of local habitat characteristics and landscape barriers on the distribution of species and genetic diversity remains poorly known. We tested for differences in turnover and total diversity in aquatic insect assemblages among headwater and mid-order reaches, two habitats presumably differing in their connectivity between catchments. Th...
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1. Relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem function are of increasing interest, particularly in freshwater ecosystems where species losses are occurring at unprecedented rates. Amphibian declines have been associated with a loss of ecosystem function in neotropical streams, but little is known of the potential roles of stream-dwelling tadp...
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Aim The evolutionary processes structuring the composition of communities remain unclear due to the complexity of factors active at various spatial and temporal scales. Here, we conducted ecological and evolutionary analyses of communities of caddisflies in the genus Hydropsyche (Insecta: Trichoptera) composed of ecomorphologically differentiated s...
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Headwaters (stream orders 1–2) traditionally have been considered depauperate compared to mid-order streams (orders 3–4)—a conclusion that arises from a perception of streams as linear systems and emphasizes change in average α (local) diversity along streams. We hypothesized an opposite pattern for β (among-site) diversity and suggest that headwat...
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Aim To study the biogeographical factors responsible for the current disjunct distributions of two closely related species of butterflies (Pyrgus cinarae and Pyrgus sidae, Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea). Both species have small populations in the Iberian Peninsula that are isolated by more than 1000 km from their nearest conspecifics. Because these spe...
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In temporary streams, the annual constriction of drying is associated with high local extinction risk. To survive in such habitats, organisms with no specific biological traits for coping with dry periods should experience high colonisation rates from permanent reaches of the same basin or from other basins. Hydropsyche siltalai is a widespread cad...
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Hydropsyche pellucidula and Hydropsyche incognita (Trichoptera, Hydropsychidae) are common and distinguishable species in central Europe. After a review of adult material, the existence of H. pellucidula in the westernmost Mediterranean Basin was considered doubtful and determined that only H. incognita and another close species, Hydropsyche iberom...
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High diversity in tropical phytophagous insects may be linked to narrow host specificity and host shifts, but tests are complicated by incomplete taxonomy and difficulties in food source identification. Specimens of the highly diverse New World genus Conotrachelus (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) were reared from >17,500 fruits (seeds) at six Central A...
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El orden Trichoptera es rico en especies en la zona del Mediterráneo Occidental, pero el conocimiento de este grupo en la Península Ibérica y el norte de África resta aún de ser completo. Presentamos datos de tricópteros recolectados en 114 localidades de la región Mediterránea de la Península Ibérica y del Rif occidental. Además, proporcionamos da...
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Aim To examine how the employment of both community- and population-level approaches can provide a wider view of the importance of contemporary and historical factors on current species distribution. We posit that community ecology should provide more information about contemporary factors, whereas population genetics should provide better informat...
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Aim Mechanisms generating biodiversity and endemism are influenced by both historical and ecological patterns, and the relative roles of history vs. ecological interactions are still being debated. The phylogeography of one rain forest-restricted caddisfly species, Tasimia palpata, thought to have good dispersal abilities, is used to address questi...
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Resistance to biological invasions can depend on the properties of the host ecosystem and on the richness of native species. Mediterranean streams are characterized by natural seasonal disturbances, a high capability of resistance and resilience, and high diversity and endemism, which may reduce the establishment of invaders. One example of freshwa...
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The spider genus Dysdera Latreille is an excellent model for the study of the evolution of cave life: ten species are known to exist exclusively in the subterranean environment of the Canary Islands, where the genus has undergone local diversification. In the present paper, two new troglobitic species (Dysdera madai, sp. nov. and D. sibyllina, sp....

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RiuNet is an interactive educational tool that guides any citizen in the assessment of the hydrological and ecological status of a river. At the same time, it is a Citizen science project since it provides scientific data to the researchers of the Freshwater Ecology, Hydrology and Management Research Group (FEHMlab) of the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences of the University of Barcelona.