Gonzalo Giribet

Gonzalo Giribet

Alaxander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Curator of Invertebrates in the Museum of Comparative Zoology

Phone: 617-495-1473
Office: 502 MCZ Labs, 26 Oxford St

Lab Website: http://www.oeb.harvard.edu/faculty/giribet/lab

My primary research focuses on the evolution and biogeography of invertebrate animals using morphology, molecular sequences and transcriptomic analyses. Current NSF-funded projects include a multidisciplinary AToL study "AToL: Phylogeny on the Half-shell -- Assembling the Bivalve Tree of Life", and an ARTS project on the "Taxonomy and systematics of selected Neotropical clades of arachnids", which focuses on Opiliones, Ricinulei and Araneae. My lab continues working on aspects of systematics and biogeography of many other favorite groups of invertebrates, including Chilopoda, Onychophora, Palpigradi, Annelida, Platyhelminthes, Nemertea, Sipuncula and Porifera as well as on the technical aspects of the analysis of Next Generation Sequencing, including phylogenomics, RNA-Seq based expression data, or target-gene capture approaches.

Recent Publications

Andrade, S. C. S., Strand, M., Schwartz, M., Chen, H., Kajihara, H., von Döhren, J., Sun, S., Junoy, J., Thiel, M., Norenburg, J. L., Turbeville, J. M., Giribet, G., and Sundberg, P. (2012). Disentangling ribbon worm relationships: multi-locus analysis supports traditional classification of the phylum Nemertea. Cladistics 28, 141-159. doi:10.1111/j.1096-0031.2011.00376.x

Giribet, G., and Edgecombe, G. D. (2012). Reevaluating the Arthropod Tree of Life. Annual Review of Entomology 57, 167-186. doi:10.1146/annurev-ento-120710-100659

Giribet, G., Sharma, P. P., Benavides, L. R., Boyer, S. L., Clouse, R. M., de Bivort, B. L., Dimitrov, D., Kawauchi, G. Y., Murienne, J. Y., and Schwendinger, P. J. (2012). Evolutionary and biogeographical history of an ancient and global group of arachnids (Arachnida: Opiliones: Cyphophthalmi) with a new taxonomic arrangement. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 105, 92-130.

Giribet, G., Tourinho, A. L., Shih, C., and Ren, D. (2012). An exquisitely preserved harvestman (Arthropoda, Arachnida, Opiliones) from the Middle Jurassic of China. Organisms, Diversity & Evolution 12, 51-56. doi:10.1007/s13127-011-0067-x

Kawauchi, G. Y., Sharma, P. P., and Giribet, G. (2012). Sipunculan phylogeny based on six genes, with a new classification and the descriptions of two new families. Zoologica Scripta 41, 186-210. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2011.00507.x

Pérez-Porro, A. R., Navarro-Gómez, D., Uriz, M. J., and Giribet, G. (2013). A NGS approach to the encrusting Mediterranean sponge Crella elegans (Porifera, Demospongiae, Poecilosclerida): transcriptome sequencing, characterization and overview of the gene expression along three life cycle stages. Molecular Ecology Resources. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12085

Riesgo, A., Andrade, S. C., Sharma, P. P., Novo, M., Pérez-Porro, A. R., Vahtera, V., González, V. L., Kawauchi, G. Y., and Giribet, G. (2012). Comparative description of ten transcriptomes of newly sequenced invertebrates and efficiency estimation of genomic sampling in non-model taxa. Frontiers in Zoology 9, 33. doi:10.1186/1742-9994-9-33

Sharma, P. P., and Giribet, G. (2012). Out of the Neotropics: Late Cretaceous colonization of Australasia by American arthropods. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279, 3501-3509. doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.0675

Sharma, P. P., González, V. L., Kawauchi, G. Y., Andrade, S. C., Guzmán, A., Collins, T. M., Glover, E. A., Harper, E. M., Healy, J. M., Mikkelsen, P. M., Taylor, J. D., Bieler, R., and Giribet, G. (2012). Phylogenetic analysis of four nuclear protein-encoding genes largely corroborates the traditional classification of Bivalvia (Mollusca). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65, 64-74. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2012.05.025

Sharma, P. P., Schwager, E. E., Extavour, C. G., and Giribet, G. (2012). Evolution of the chelicera: a dachshund domain is retained in the deutocerebral appendage of Opiliones (Arthropoda, Chelicerata). Evolution & Development 14, 522-533. doi:10.1111/ede.12005

Smith, S., Wilson, N. G., Goetz, F., Feehery, C., Andrade, S. C. S., Rouse, G. W., Giribet, G., and Dunn, C. W. (2011). Resolving the evolutionary relationships of molluscs with phylogenomic tools. Nature 480, 364-367. doi:10.1038/nature10526

Worsaae, K., Sterrer, W., Kaul-Strehlow, S., Hay-Schmidt, A., and Giribet, G. (2012). An anatomical description of a miniaturized acorn worm (Hemichordata, Enteropneusta) with asexual reproduction by paratomy. PLoS ONE 7, e48529. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0048529

Courses Taught

OEB 51. Biology and Evolution of Invertebrate Animals
OEB 141. Biogeography
OEB 181. Systematics
OEB 310. Metazoan Systematics


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