• A consistent species richness–climate relationship for oaks across the Northern Hemisphere 

      Xu, Xiaoting; Dimitrov, Dimitar; Shrestha, Nawal; Rahbek, Carsten; Wang, Zhiheng (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019-04-15)
      Aim Although the effects of climate on species richness are known, regional processes may lead to different species richness–climate relationships across continents resulting in species richness anomalies, especially for ...
    • Contrasting Biogeographic Patterns of Bacterial and Archaeal Diversity in the Top- and Subsoils of Temperate Grasslands 

      Liu, Nana; Hu, Huifeng; Ma, Wenhong; Deng, Ye; Liu, Yuqing; Hao, Baihui; Zhang, Xinying; Dimitrov, Dimitar; Feng, Xiaojuan; Wang, Zhiheng (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019-10-01)
      Biogeographic patterns and drivers of soil microbial diversity have been extensively studied in the past few decades. However, most research has focused on the topsoil, while the subsoil is assumed to have microbial diversity ...
    • Deceleration of morphological evolution in a cryptic species complex and its link to paleontological stasis 

      Cerca, Jose; Meyer, Christian; Stateczny, Dave; Siemon, Dominik; Wegbrod, Jana; Purschke, Günter; Dimitrov, Dimitar; Struck, Torsten H (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2020)
      Morphological stasis or the absence of morphological change is a well-known phenomenon in the paleontological record, yet it is poorly integrated with neontological evidence. Recent evidence suggests that cryptic species ...
    • Drivers of large‐scale geographical variation in sexual systems of woody plants 

      Wang, Yunyun; Lyu, Tong; Shrestha, Nawal; Lyu, Lisha; Li, Yaoqi; Schmid, Bernhard; Freckleton, Robert; Dimitrov, Dimitar; Liu, Shuguang; Hao, Zhanqing; Wang, Zhiheng (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2020)
      Aim: Sexual systems strongly influence angiosperm evolution and play important roles in community assembly and species responses to climate change. However, geographical variation in proportions of different sexual systems ...
    • Microhabitat change drives diversification in pholcid spiders 

      Eberle, Jonas; Dimitrov, Dimitar; Valdez-Mondragón, Alejandro; Huber, Bernhard A. (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2018-09-19)
      Background: Microhabitat changes are thought to be among the main drivers of diversification. However, this conclusion is mostly based on studies on vertebrates. Here, we investigate the influence of microhabitat on ...
    • Monophyly, Taxon Sampling, and the Nature of Ranks in the Classification of Orb-Weaving Spiders (Araneae: Araneoidea) 

      Kallal, Robert J.; Dimitrov, Dimitar; Arnedo, Miquel A.; Giribet, Gonzalo; Hormiga, Gustavo (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2020)
      We address some of the taxonomic and classification changes proposed by Kuntner et al. (2019) in a comparative study on the evolution of sexual size dimorphism in nephiline spiders. Their proposal to recircumscribe araneids ...
    • The phylogeny of pholcid spiders: a critical evaluation of relationships suggested by molecular data (Araneae, Pholcidae) 

      Huber, Bernhard A.; Eberle, Jonas; Dimitrov, Dimitar (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2018-10-10)
      With almost 600 species, the latest molecular phylogeny of pholcid spiders (Eberle et al. 2018, BMC Evolutionary Biology) more than triples the largest previously available molecular phylogeny of the family. At the level ...
    • Phylogeny of the orb-weaving spider family Araneidae(Araneae: Araneoidea) 

      Scharff, Nikolaj; Coddington, Jonathan A.; Blackledge, Todd A.; Agnarsson, Ingi; Framenau, Volker W.; Szüts, Tamás; Hayashi, Cheryl Y.; Dimitrov, Dimitar (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2020)
      We present a new phylogeny of the spider family Araneidae based on five genes (28S, 18S, COI, H3 and 16S) for 158 taxa, identified and mainly sequenced by us. This includes 25 outgroups and 133 araneid ingroups representing ...