We are at the EUET Forestal of Vigo University (Spain). The head of Laboratory is Adolfo Cordero Rivera.

We are currently working on Sexual selection, using Odonates as model organisms. Other topics of interest are the evolution of female colour polymorphism, pest ecology and conservation biology. We are currently involved in several projects that use odonates as model organisms, and teach Ecology and Conservation Biology for Forestry students.

ONGOING and recently finished, but still active:
  • Project title: “Sexual selection and the evolution of mating strategies in odonates (ODOEVO)“. Funding: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, CGL2008-02799. 2009-2011. Amount: 149.677 €. Principal investigator: Adolfo Cordero Rivera.
  • Project title: “Mimetic coloration in the Damselfly family Polythoridae (Odonata: Zygoptera): anti-predator strategies in a novel taxonomic group”. Funding: Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, PCI2006-A7-0639. 2007-2008. Amount: 15.590 €. PI: Christopher D. Beatty.
  • Project title: “Ecological integration and impacts of eucalypt plantations“. Funding: Xunta de Galicia (08MRU024371PR). 2008-2011. Amount: 94.072,30 €. PI: María Calviño Cancela.
  • Project title: “Teledetection of invasive species with image spectrography T(EI)2“.

Some recent papers

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Evolutionary ecology of odonates:

  • Cordero Rivera, A. & R.A. Sánchez Guillén. 2007. Male-like females of a damselfly are not preferred by males even if they are the majority morph. Animal Behaviour, 74: 247-252.
  • Lorenzo Carballa, M.O. and Cordero Rivera, A. 2007. Are parthenogenetic and sexualIschnura hastata damselflies equal in fertility? Testing sexual conflict theories. Ethology Ecology & Evolution, 19: 291-298.
  • Cordero Rivera, A. & Stoks, R. 2008. Mark-recapture studies and demography. In: Dragonflies and Damselflies: Model organisms for ecological and evolutionary research. A. Córdoba Aguilar (Ed), pp. 7-20. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Van Gossum, H., Sherratt, T.N. & Cordero Rivera, A. 2008. The evolution of sex-limited colour polymorphisms. In: Dragonflies and Damselflies: Model organisms for ecological and evolutionary research. A. Córdoba Aguilar (Ed), pp. 219-229. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Córdoba Aguilar, A. & Cordero Rivera, A. 2008. Cryptic female choice and sexual conflict. In: Dragonflies and Damselflies: Model organisms for ecological and evolutionary research. A. Córdoba Aguilar (Ed), pp. 189-202. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Contreras-Garduño, J., Córdoba-Aguilar, A., Lanz-Mendoza, H., and Cordero Rivera, A. 2009. Territorial behaviour and immunity are mediated by juvenile hormone: the physiological basis of honest signaling? Functional Ecology, 23: 157-163.
  • Córdoba-Aguilar, A.; M. A. Serrano-Meneses & A. Cordero-Rivera. 2009. Copulation duration of nonterritorial Odonate species lasts longer than territorial species. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 102: 694-701.
  • Lorenzo Carballa, M.O. & A. Cordero Rivera. 2009. Thelytokous parthenogenesis in the damselfly Ischnura hastata (Odonata, Coenagrionidae): genetic mechanisms and lack of bacterial infection. Heredity, 103: 377-384.
  • Lorenzo Carballa, M. O.; Beatty, C, D.; Utzeri, C; Vieira, V. and A. Cordero Rivera. 2009. Parthenogenetic Ischnura hastata revisited: present status and notes on population ecology and behaviour (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). International Journal of Odonatology, 12 (2):395-411.

Conservation and phylogeography:

  • Velo-Antón, G.; M. García-París, P. Galán & A. Cordero Rivera. 2007. The evolution of viviparity in Holocene islands: Ecological adaptation vs. phylogenetic descent along the transition from aquatic to terrestrial environments. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 45: 345-352.
  • Cordero Rivera, A.; G. Velo-Antón and P. Galán. 2007. Ecology of amphibians in small coastal Holocene islands: local adaptations and the effect of exotic tree plantations. Munibe, 25: 94-103.
  • Velo-Antón, G.; García-París, M. & Cordero Rivera, A. 2008. Patterns of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA variation in Iberian populations of Emys orbicularis (Emydidae): conservation implications. Conservation Genetics, 9: 1263-1274.

Pest ecology:

  • Santolamazza-Carbone, S.; M. Pestaña Nieto & A. Cordero Rivera. 2007. Maternal size and age affect offspring sex-ratio in the solitary, egg parasitoid, Anaphes nitens (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae). Journal of Applied Entomology, 125: 23-32.
  • Santolamazza-Carbone, S.; Pestaña-Nieto, M.; Pérez Otero, R.; Mansilla Vázquez, P. & Cordero Rivera, A. 2009. Winter and spring ecology of Anaphes nitens, a solitary egg-parasitoid of the Eucalyptus snout-beetleGonipterus scutellatus. BioControl, 54: 195-209.


  • Calviño-Cancela, M.; C. Ayres Fernández & A. Cordero Rivera. 2007. European pond turtles (Emys orbicularis) as alternative dispersers of “water-dispersed” waterlily (Nymphaea alba). Ecoscience, 14: 529-535.