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!
Join our lab!
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).

Gerard Talavera was awarded a “Large Research

Grant” by the British Ecological Society to keep studying the migration of Vanessa cardui.

Congratulations Gerard!!

Aurélien Gaunet is a new lab member! He is doing his master thesis on the taxa Iphiclides podalirius and I. feisthamelii. Welcome!!

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!

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). 

L. Hernández-Roldán, Leonardo Dapporto, Vlad Dincă, Juan C. Vicente, Emily A. Hornett, Jindra Šíchová, Vladimir Lukhtanov, Gerard Talavera and Roger Vila.

Integrative analyses unveil speciation linked to host plant shift in Spialia butterflies. 

Molecular Ecology. 25, 4267- 4284.



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e-mail: roger.vila@csic.es