• E-maildimitar.dimitrov@uib.no
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Research interests

I am an evolutionary biologist with a background in arthropod systematics and evolution with a specific focus on spiders. Recently the taxonomic scope of my work has has been gradually expanding to include more branches of the Tree of life such as vascular plants and vertebrates. In my current research I aim to understand how underlying evolutionary and ecological process generate and maintain biodiversity through time and space. To do so I work on assembling all pieces of a complex puzzle: from describing species and their evolutionary history to understanding how individuals and their genes interact with the environment and with each other. I am particularly interested in understanding what are the factors that govern the patterns of biodiversity at different spatial scales, and the responses of communities and individual species to climate change. I combine species evolutionary histories, contemporary distributional data and information on historical distributions, past and contemporary climate and other environmental factors, in an attempt to elucidate some of the primary mechanisms underlying the distribution of life on Earth.

BIO332 Phylogenetic Methods

The list below contains the publications in CRIStin. For full list of publications and relevant metrics please visit my Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=mfemh8gAAAAJ or my Researcher ID http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-9563-2009

  • Show author(s) (2023). Multiple paths toward repeated phenotypic evolution in the spiny-leg adaptive radiation (Tetragnatha; Hawai'i). Molecular Ecology. 4971-4985.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Mitochondrial Genome Evolution in Annelida—A Systematic Study on Conservative and Variable Gene Orders and the Factors Influencing its Evolution . Systematic Biology. 925-945.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Global distribution and evolutionary transitions of floral symmetry in angiosperms. Science Advances. eadg2555.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Geographic patterns in range sizes and their drivers of endemic angiosperms in China. Ecosphere.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Genitalic morphology and phylogenomic placement of the Australian spider Paraplectanoides crassipes Keyserling, 1886 (Araneae, Araneidae) with a discussion on the classification of the family Araneidae. Invertebrate systematics. 797-818.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Evolutionary history and global angiosperm species richness–climate relationships. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 1059-1072.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Evolutionary history and climate co-determine the geographical variation in pollination modes of angiosperms in China. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 2189-2198.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Diversification of flowering plants in space and time. Nature Communications.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Dispersal modes affect Rhamnaceae diversification rates in a differentiated manner. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences.
  • Show author(s) (2023). An updated floristic map of the world. Nature Communications.
  • Show author(s) (2022). The era of reference genomes in conservation genomics. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 197-202.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Spatio-temporal patterns in the woodiness of flowering plants. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Relationships Between Soil Microbial Diversities Across an Aridity Gradient in Temperate Grasslands: Soil Microbial Diversity Relationships. Microbial Ecology.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Editorial: Temporal and Large-Scale Spatial Patterns of Plant Diversity and Diversification. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.
  • Show author(s) (2022). A molecular phylogeny of the European nesticid spiders (Nesticidae, Araneae): Implications for their systematics and biogeography. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
  • Show author(s) (2021). The Tetragnatha kauaiensis Genome Sheds Light on the Origins of Genomic Novelty in Spiders. Genome Biology and Evolution (GBE). 1-17.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Phytogeographic History of the Tea Family Inferred through High-Resolution Phylogeny and Fossils. Systematic Biology. 1256-1271.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Molecular phylogeny of pimoid spiders and the limits of Linyphiidae, with a reassessment of male palpal homologies (Araneae, Pimoidae). Zootaxa. 071-101.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Global patterns of species richness of the holarctic alpine herb Saxifraga: the role of temperature and habitat heterogeneity. Journal of Plant Ecology. 237-252.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Global distribution and evolutionary transitions of angiosperm sexual systems. Ecology Letters. 1835-1847.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Diversity patterns and conservation gaps of Magnoliaceae species in China. Science of the Total Environment.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Spider Diversification Through Space and Time. Annual Review of Entomology. 225-241.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Phylogenetic conservatism and biogeographic affinity influence woody plant species richness–climate relationships in eastern Eurasia. Ecography. 1027-1040.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Interrogating genomic-scale data to resolve recalcitrant nodes in the Spider Tree of Life. Molecular Biology and Evolution (MBE).
  • Show author(s) (2020). Geographical patterns in phylogenetic diversity of Chinese woody plants and its application for conservation planning. Diversity and Distributions: A Journal of Conservation Biogeography. 1-16.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Dimensions of amphibian alpha diversity in the New World. Journal of Biogeography. 2293-2302.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Deceleration of morphological evolution in a cryptic species complex and its link to paleontological stasis. Evolution. 116-131.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Converging on the orb: denser taxon sampling elucidates spider phylogeny and new analytical methods support repeated evolution of the orb web. Cladistics.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Phylogeny of the orb-weaving spider family Araneidae(Araneae: Araneoidea). Cladistics. 1-21.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Monophyly, Taxon Sampling, and the Nature of Ranks in the Classification of Orb-Weaving Spiders (Araneae: Araneoidea). Systematic Biology. 401-411.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Insekter - en million suksesshistorier.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Drivers of large‐scale geographical variation in sexual systems of woody plants. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 546-557.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Contrasting Biogeographic Patterns of Bacterial and Archaeal Diversity in the Top- and Subsoils of Temperate Grasslands. mSystems. 1-18.
  • Show author(s) (2019). A consistent species richness–climate relationship for oaks across the Northern Hemisphere. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 1051-1066.
  • Show author(s) (2018). The phylogeny of pholcid spiders: a critical evaluation of relationships suggested by molecular data (Araneae, Pholcidae). ZooKeys. 51-101.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Phylogenomics, Diversification Dynamics, and Comparative Transcriptomics across the Spider Tree of Life. Current Biology. 1489-1497.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Phylogenomics, Diversification Dynamics, and Comparative Transcriptomics across the Spider Tree of Life. Current Biology. 2190-2193.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Microhabitat change drives diversification in pholcid spiders. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 1-13.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Global patterns of Rhododendron diversity: The role of evolutionary time and diversification rates. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 913-924.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Cryptic Species – More Than Terminological Chaos: A Reply to Heethoff. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 310-312.
  • Show author(s) (2017). The spider tree of life: phylogeny of Araneae based on target-gene analyses from an extensive taxon sampling. Cladistics. 574-616.
  • Show author(s) (2017). The discovery of the spider genus Putaoa (Araneae, Pimoidae) in Taiwan with the description of a new species, including its web architecture. Zootaxa. 97-104.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Rounding up the usual suspects: a standard target-gene approach for resolving the interfamilial phylogenetic relationships of ecribellate orb-weaving spiders with a new family-rank classification (Araneae, Araneoidea). Cladistics. 221-250.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Finding Evolutionary Processes Hidden in Cryptic Species. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 153-163.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Multigene phylogenetic analysis redefines dung beetles relationships and classification (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). BMC Evolutionary Biology.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Colonization and diversification in the African ‘sky islands’: insights from fossil-calibrated molecular dating of Lychnis (Caryophyllaceae). New Phytologist. 719-734.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Citizen science data reveal ecological, historical and evolutionary factors shaping interactions between woody hosts and wood-inhabiting fungi. New Phytologist. 1072-1082.
  • Show author(s) (2016). A review and phylogeny of Scarabaeine dung beetle fossils (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae), with the description of two Canthochilum species from Dominican amber. PeerJ.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Using NCBIminer to search and download nucleotide sequences from GenBank. Biodiversity Science. 550-555.
  • Show author(s) (2015). NCBIminer: sequences harvest from Genbank. Ecography. 426-430.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Slow genital and genetic but rapid non-genital and ecological differentiation in a pair of spider species (Araneae, Pholcidae). Zoologischer Anzeiger. 394-403.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Response to Comment on "An Update of Wallace's Zoogeographic Regions of the World". Science. 343-343.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

I am currently involved in several research projects that are mainly within the following two broad research fields.

  • Systematics, macroecology and macroevolution of spiders with a particular focus on orb weavers and pholcids

  • Macroecology and macroevolution of seed plants

I am also part of the BiGTREE a HKdir fudded NORPART training network between Norway, Colombia and Peru

Annui Sanz – Annui is a PhD student who just joined the lab. She will be studying dwarf spiders (Erigoninae, Linyphiidae) systematics and evolution.

Paula Torres – Paula is a BiGTREE visiting master student from Colombia working on comparative transcriptomics of Gasteracantha cancriformis spiders.