Why are there so many different butterflies?
How did they evolve?
Is climate change affecting them?
How do butterflies colonize islands?
Are there species that look the same?
These are some of the questions we try to answer in our research.
Above all, we are passionate about butterflies, exploration & science!
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Welcome to 
Roger Vila’s Lab
Highlighted Papers:

Are you a student or researcher and would like to join us in our adventures? Do not hesitate to send me an e-mail (roger.vila@csic.es).

Schär, S.*, Vila, R.*, Petrović, A., Tomanović, Ž., Pierce, N.E. & Nash, D.R.

Molecular substitution rate increases with latitude in butterflies: Evidence for a trans-glacial latitudinal layering of populations?

Ecography 40 (early view); doi: 10.1111/ecog.02487 (*Co-first authors). 

Pitteloud, C., Arrigo, N., Suchan, T., Mastretta-Yanes, A., Vila, R., Dincă, V., Hernández-Roldán, J., Brockmann, E., Chittaro, Y., Kleckova, I., Fumagalli, L., Buerki, S., Pellissier, L. & Alvarez, N.

Climatic niche evolution is faster in sympatric than allopatric lineages of the butterfly genus Pyrgus.

Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 284: 20170208.

Authors of the study on the island of Montecristo.

Dapporto, L.*, Cini A.*, Menchetti M.*, Vodă, R.*, Bonelli, S., Casacci, L.P., Dincă, V., Scalercio, S., Hinojosa, J.C., Biermann, H., Forbicioni, L., Mazzantini, U., Venturi, L., Zanichelli, F., Balletto, E., Shreeve, T.G., Dennis, R.L.H. & Vila, R.  (2017) Rise and fall of island butterfly diversity. Understanding genetic differentiation and extinction in a highly diverse archipelago. Diversity and Distributions (early view); doi: 10.1111/ddi.12610 (*Co-first authors).

New video following the extraordinary trip of the butterfly Vanessa cardui from Northern Europe to the tropical savannah!

Spanish and Catalan version

Welcome Giulia Magini! A new Erasmus student from Italy.  

EUGENMAP is a project that aims to DNA barcode all European butterfly species.

Would you like to know how we work?

See the video and find it out!



Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF)

Pg. Marítim de la Barceloneta 37

08003 Barcelona, Spain

Tel: (+34) 93 230 96 46

Fax: (+34) 93 221 10 11

e-mail: roger.vila@csic.es