• 2nd Iberian Congress of Biological Systematics, IEC Barcelona, September 25-27, 2013

  • Our lab has coordinated the of the organization of the 2nd edition of the Iberian Systematic Biologist biannual meeting. We have hosted 90 fellow systematists that presented 30 oral contributions and as many posters. Especially remarkable, given the current state of affairs of Iberian science was that grad students made up half of the participants. During these three days we have enjoyed inspiring plenary lectures, exciting talks and insightful posters and had plenty of time for discussion and social interaction. These meetings play a key role in enhancing our sense of community and represent an excellent opportunity to introduce young researcher to the field and overcome the organismic barriers that have traditionally hampered communication among systematic biologists. We look forward to meet you all again in Vitoria/Gasteiz in 2016!

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  • Charla y presentación del libro "El Arbol de la Vida: Sistemática y Evolución de los Seres Vivos, MNCN, Madrid, 18 de Septiembre de 2012

  • El pasado 18 de Septiembre en un acto organizado por la Sociedad de Amigos del MNCN, tuvo lugar en Madrid la presentación del libro "El Arbol de la Vida: Sistemática y Evolución de los Seres Vivos" a cargo de los editores de este volumen multiautor, los Drs. Pedro Vargas y Rafael Zardoya. A continuación Miquel Arnedo dio la charla titulada "Arañas, garrapatas y escorpiones: Un árbol en construcción"

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  • Difusión de la investigación en el Lab

  • Articulo de difusión acerca de la investigación realizada en el laboratorio sobre la radiación evolutiva de las arañas Dysdera en el archipiélago Canario

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  • 27th European Congress of Arachnology, Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 2-7, 2012

  • Excellent and productive week in beautiful Ljubljana. Vera presented an ongoing research on the origins and phylogenetic relationships of European mygalomorphs of the family Ctenizidae and Miquel contributed to the Barcoding symposium with a talks on the integration of semi-quantive inventories and barcoding tools to investigate evolutionary and biogeographic patterns at the community level. Thanks to Matjaz and all the friends at the EZlab for a terrific time in Slovenia

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  • XIII Workshop of the Iberian Arachnology Group and I Iberian Arachnological Bioblitz, Parc Natural de la Zona Volcànica de La Garrotxa, June 20- July 2, 2012

  • This XIII workshop of the Iberian Arachnological Group is co-organized by the Univeristat de Barcelona (Miquel Arnedo) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (José Antonio Barrientos). For the first time, the workshop will host an arachnological bioblitz, which will use a semi-quiatitative sampling design to compare the arachnological fauna of Oak and Beech forests

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  • Lab research in the news
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    Leticia's research work showing that the diversification of the spider genus Parachtes was drove by the formation of the western mediterranean basin has been featured in several science news websites and publications

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    Original paper:

    • Bidegaray-Batista, L., & Arnedo, M. (2011). Gone with the plate: The opening of the western mediterranean basin drove the diversification of ground-dweller spiders. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 11, 317.

     

  • 1st Iberian Congress of Animal Systematics, UAM Madrid, January 17-19, 2012

  • This first meeting of the Iberian systematists has been a major success, both in terms of number of participants, more than 150, and quality of presentations. In addition, students presented most contributions, which guarantees the future of the discipline in this part of the world! The organization was simply perfect. Leticia, who was awarded as one of the best students presentations, and Eli represented our lab. Miquel gave a plenary lecture on the renaissance of taxonomy. We were so enthusiastic with the congress than we volunteer to organize the next meeting...Barcelona 2014!

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  • Lab research in the news
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    Work conducted in the lab as part of an international collaborative research leaded by Dimitar Dimitrov (ZMUC, Denmark) and Gustavo Hormiga (GWU, USA) on the orgin and diversification of the spider's orb webs has been featured in several science news websites and publications:
     

    Original paper:

    • D. Dimitrov, L. Lopardo, G. Giribet, M. A. Arnedo, F. Alvarez-Padilla, G. Hormiga. Tangled in a sparse spider web: single origin of orb weavers and their spinning work unravelled by denser taxonomic sampling. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2011; DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2011.2011

     

    • November 18th, cycle of conferences Mediterrània i Biodiversitat : " Phylogeography of Mediterranean species: Lessons from Butterflies" by Thomas Schmitt 
    Universität Trie, Germany

    Facultat de Biologia UB, Aula Magna, 12 pm

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    • October 10th, cycle of conferences Mediterrània i Biodiversitat : " La cuenca del Mediterráneo como escenario ecológico y evolutivo de plantas" by Pablo Vargas 
    Museo de Ciencias Naturales-CSIC, Madrid, Spain

    Facultat de Biologia UB, Aula Magna, 12 pm

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    Sala Prat de la Riba, Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Barcelona, October 1st and 2nd, 2010

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    • September 19th, cycle of conferences Mediterrània i Biodiversitat : "Biodiversidad marina mediterránea: situación actual
      y perspectiva" by Jose Templado
    Museo de Ciencias Naturales-CSIC, Madrid, Spain

    Facultat de Biologia UB, Aula Magna, 12 pm

    • Joint Ph.D. position available at the labs of Julio Rozas and Miquel Arnedo (DEADLINE CLOSED, POSITION ASSIGNED) 

    A joint Ph.D. position is available at the labs of Julio Rozas and Miquel Arnedo to work on comparative genomics and phylogenetics of spiders. The PhD student will be involved in a research project that will use pyrosequencing approaches to study the evolution of the chemosensory system of spiders and to discover and develop new markers for spider phylogenetic and phylogeographic studies. We seek a highly motivated student with a degrre in biology or natural sciences and basic knowledge on phylogenetic methods, molecular biology and programming languages. Applicants should preferably have a Master's degree in natural science. Potential candidates should contact Miquel A. Arnedo This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Julio Rozas This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , including a CV and a statement of research interests

     
     

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    • June 17th, cycle of conferences Mediterrània i Biodiversitat : "23 Million years of Mediterranean vegetation, climate and plant diversity evolution" by Jean-Pierre Suc
    Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France

    Facultat de Biologia UB, Aula Magna, 12 pm

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    • May 13th, cycle of conferences Mediterrània i Biodiversitat : "Plate tectonic history of the Mediterranean region: a chronicle of changing paleoenvironments" by William Cavazza
    Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e Geologico-ambientali, Università di Bologna, Italy

      Facultat de Biologia UB, Aula Magna, 12 pm

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      • May 6th, special seminar "Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes:  Lessons from the Leaf Litter" by David H. Wise
      The University of Illinois at Chicago & Institute for Environmental Science and Policy

      Facultat de Biologia UB,Aula de Graus de la Facultat de Biologia, 4 pm

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      • 5 to 18th April 2010 - Mygalomorph collecting trip to Morocco

      Vera and Miquel spent two weeks collecting mygales all around Morocco

       

      • "Mediterrània i Biodiversitat"

      To commemorate the international Year of Biodiversity the Biodiversity Research Institute of the UB has organized a cycle of conferences on differnt aspects of Mediterranean Biodiversity. The topics addressed will span from the historical geological setting of the region to the consequences of fisheries over-exploitation for Mediterranean marine ecosystems

       

      • Laboratory / research position available (Deadline now closed)

       A Laboratory Technician position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Miquel Arnedo (http://www.marnedo.net) in the Department of Animal Biology at the University of Barcelona, Spain (http://www.ub.edu/bioani/). The main ongoing projects in the lab involve molecular systematics, pylogeography and use of DNA barcodes for biodiversity assessment of arthropods.

      We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic and independent individual with a biological science background (molecular biology / zoology is preferable).

      Responsibilities will include:

      (1)         Daily management of the laboratory, comprising tasks such as ordering materials, preparing reagents and providing a supportive role for researchers in the lab.
      (2)         Contributing to research projects as required. Tasks will include DNA extraction, amplification, cloning and sequencing and support to curation of arthropod collections.

       Attributes deemed necessary for this position are good organizational and time management skills and a good work ethic. Although molecular biology skills are preferred, the necessary training will be provided. The position is part-time (20 hours/week). We offer a one-year renewable contract (up to 30 months maximum), to be started between March to June, 2010. The gross salary is 1000 € per month, with three salary bonus per year.

       For further information please contact Dr. M. Arnedo ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), or to apply please provide a CV with details of two referees.

       

      • PhD fellowship in Spider systematics and evolution at University of Barcelona (Deadline now closed)


      A four-year Phd fellowship is available through the FPI program of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, funded as part of the research project “The ecosystem watchers: Mygalomorph spiders as bioindicators for monitoring ecological changes and evolutionary potential of terrestrial ecosystems”

      Mygalomorph spiders are exceptionally well-suited for monitoring conservation status of terrestrial ecosystems in the Meditteranean basin. They exhibit high habitat fidelity, limited potential for dispersal and restricted distributional ranges, and are abundantly present in most Mediterranean habitats. Biologists, however, have long overlooked mygalomorph spiders due to their secretive habits and challenging taxonomy. The promising use of these spiders as bioindicators is therefore not fully developed. We propose to overcome these limitations by integrating genomic tools with ecological modelling techniques. We anticipate that results of our research will be relevant for conservation, management, and sustainable use of natural landscapes in the Mediterranean basin.

      The post will be based at the Biodiversity Research Institute of the University of Barcelona.cWe look for a highly motivated student with an interest in evolutionary biology and experience in molecular biology tools, taxonomy or GIS techniques. Candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills, and demonstrate evidence of past research achievement. The anticipated start date is fall 2010.

      Potential candidates should contact Miquel A. Arnedo ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and include their curriculum vitae and a statement of research interests.

      For details, conditions and instructions on how to apply, please visit http://web.micinn.es/planidi/fpi/ (in Spanish). The expected publication date of the call is mid January 2010 (check the website), and the deadline for applications will be 15 days after its publication.