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).

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


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!

Koubínová, D., Dincă, V., Dapporto, L., Vodă, R., Suchan, T., Vila, R. & Alvarez, N. (2017) Genomics of extreme ecological specialists: multiple convergent evolution but no genetic divergence between ecotypes of Maculinea alcon butterflies. Scientific Reports 7: 13752; doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-12938-8

Vlad Dincă

Welcome to Markus Franzén a postdoctoral researcher from Sweden



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