Pablo Vargas Gómez
  • Profesor de investigación
  • Especialidad:

    Sistemática molecular de plantas vasculares

  • Región geográfica:Región mediterránea, Macaronesia
  • Línea de investigación: Biología evolutiva de plantas
  • Perfil profesional

    Mi principal línea de investigación se viene denominando sistemática molecular de plantas vasculares (principalmente mediterráneas y macaronésicas): diversidad, biogeografía y conservación.

    Proyectos en curso

    The colonisation history by key plant and animal species resulting in the formation of the Canarian biomes: phylogenies and seed dispersal networks

    2018 - 2022. 
    Selección de publicaciones
  • Coello, A.J.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Heleno, R.H.; Vargas, P. 2022. PAICE: A new R package to estimate the number of inter-island colonizations considering haplotype data and sample size. Journal of Biogeography 49(4):577-589.
  • Krause, C.; Oelschlägel, B.; Mahfoud, H.; Frank, D.; Lecocq, G.; Shuka, L.; Neinhuis, C.; Vargas, P.; Tosunoglu, A.; Thiv, M.; Wanke, S. 2022. The evolution of the Aristolochia pallida complex (Aristolochiaceae) challenges traditional taxonomy and reflects large-scale glacial refugia in the Mediterranean. Ecology and Evolution 12(4):e8765.
  • Otero, A.; Vargas, P.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Valcárcel, V.; Villa-Machío, I.; Hipp, A.L. 2022. A snapshot of progenitor–derivative speciation in Iberodes(Boraginaceae). Molecular Ecology [in press].
  • Coello, A.J.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; García-Verdugo, C.; Vargas, P. 2021. Phylogeographic sampling guided by species distribution modeling reveals the Quaternary history of the Mediterranean–Canarian Cistus monspeliensis (Cistaceae). Journal of Systematics and Evolution 59(2):262-277.
  • Fristoe, T.S.; Chytrý, M.; Dawson, W.; Essl, F.; Heleno, R.; Kreft, H.; Maurel, N.; Pergl, J.; Pyšek, P.; Seebens, H.; Weigelt, P.; Vargas, P.; Yang, Q.; Attorre, F.; Bergmeier, E.; Bernhardt-Römermann, M.; Biurrun, I.; Boch, S.; Bonari, G.; Botta-Dukát, Z.; Bruun, H.H.; Byun, C.; Carni, A.; Carranza, M.L.; Catford, J.A.; Cerabolini, B.E.L.; Chacón-Madrigal, E.; Ciccarelli, D.; Cušterevska, R.; De, Ronde, I.; Dengler, J.; Golub, V.; Haveman, R.; Hough-Snee, N.; Jandt, U.; Jansen, F.; Kuzemko, A.; Küzmic, F.; Lenoir, J.; MacAnovic, A.; Marcenò, C.; Martin, A.R.; Michaletz, S.T.; Mori, A.S.; Niinemets, U.; Peterka, T.; Pielech, R.; Rašomavicius, V.; Rusina, S.; Dias, A.S.; Sibíková, M.; Silc, U.; Stanisci, A.; Jansen, S.; Svenning, J.-C.; Swacha, G.; Van Der Plas, F.; Vassilev, K.; Van Kleunen, M. 2021. Dimensions of invasiveness: Links between local abundance, geographic range size, and habitat breadth in Europe's alien and native floras. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 118(2):e2021173118.
  • Fuster-Calvo, A.; Nogales, M.; Heleno, R.; Vera, C.; Vargas, P. 2021. Sea dispersal potential and colonization of the Galápagos littoral flora. Journal of Biogeography 48(8):1904-19016.
  • Otero, A.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Vargas, P. 2021. Evolution in the Model Genus Antirrhinum Based on Phylogenomics of Topotypic Material. Frontiers in Plant Science 12:631178.
  • Pomeda-Gutiérrez, F.; Medina, F.M.; Nogales, M.; Vargas, P. 2021. Diet of the black rat (Rattus rattus) in a Canary laurel forest: species identification based on morphological markers and DNA sequences. Journal of Natural History 55(9-10):629-648.
  • Romero, D.; Vargas, P.; Ornosa, C. 2021. On some features of the biology of the red snail-nesting bee, Rhodanthidium sticticum (Fabricius, 1787): phenology, flower preference, use of shells, flight ability and territorial behavior. Graellsia 77(2):e146.
  • Arjona, Y.; Fernández-López, J.; Navascués, M.; Álvarez, N.; Nogales, M.; Vargas, P. 2020. Linking seascape with landscape genetics: Oceanic currents favour colonization across the Galápagos Islands by a coastal plant. Journal of Biogeography 47(12):2622-2633.
  • Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Vargas, P.; McCauley, R.A.; Monjas, D.; Otero, A.; Chaves, J.A.; Guevara Andino, J.E.; Rivas-Torres, G. 2020. The Radiation of Darwin’s Giant Daisies in the Galápagos Islands. Current Biology 30(24):4989-4998.e7.
  • Julca, I.; Marcet-Houben, M.; Cruz, F.; Gómez-Garrido, J.; Gaut, B.S.; Díez, C.M.; Gut, I.G.; Alioto, T.S.; Vargas, P.; Gabaldón, T. 2020. Genomic evidence for recurrent genetic admixture during the domestication of Mediterranean olive trees (Olea europaea L.). BMC Biology 18(1):148.
  • Martín-Rodríguez, I.; Vargas, P.; Ojeda, F.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M. 2020. An enigmatic carnivorous plant: ancient divergence of Drosophyllaceae but recent differentiation of Drosophyllum lusitanicum across the Strait of Gibraltar. Systematics and Biodiversity 18(6):525-537.
  • Romero, D.; Ornosa, C.; Vargas, P. 2020. Where and why? Bees, snail shells and climate: Distribution of Rhodanthidium (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) in the Iberian Peninsula. Entomological Science 23(3):256-270.
  • Romero, D.; Ornosa, C.; Vargas, P.; Olesen, J.M. 2020. Solitary bees (Hymenoptera, Apoidea) as connectors in pollination networks: the case of Rhodanthidium. Apidologie 51:844-854.
  • Vargas, P. 2020. Análisis de la historia natural del diario de Pigafetta In: Vargas, P. (ed.) En búsqueda de las especias. Las plantas de la expedición Magallanes-Elcano (1519-1522). Los libros de la Catarata; Editorial CSIC pp. 161-180. 

  • Vargas, P. 2020. Especias y especies In: Vargas, P. (ed.) En búsqueda de las especias. Las plantas de la expedición Magallanes-Elcano (1519-1522). Los libros de la Catarata; Editorial CSIC pp. 43-50. 

  • Vargas, P. 2020. The Mediterranean Floristic Region: High Diversity of Plants and Vegetation Types. In: Goldstein, M.I., DellaSala, D.A. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the World's Biomes, vol. 3. Elsevier, pp. 602-616.
  • Vargas, P. 2020. ¿Por qué eran importantes las especias? In: Vargas, P. (ed.) En búsqueda de las especias. Las plantas de la expedición Magallanes-Elcano (1519-1522). Los libros de la Catarata; Editorial CSIC pp. 33-42. 

  • Vargas, P.; Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M. 2020. ‘Endangered living fossils’ (ELFs): Long-term survivors through periods of dramatic climate change. Environmental and Experimental Botany 170:103892.
  • Blanco-Pastor, J.L.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Coello, A.J.; Pastor, J.; Vargas, P. 2019. Topography explains the distribution of genetic diversity in one of the most fragile European hotspots. Diversity and Distributions 25(1):74-89.
  • Fajardo, J.; Mateo, R.G.; Vargas, P.; Fernández-Alonso, J.L.; Gómez-Rubio, V.; Felicísimo, Á.M.; Muñoz, J. 2019. The role of abiotic mechanisms of long-distance dispersal in the American origin of the Galápagos flora. Global Ecology and Biogeography 28(11):1610-1620.
  • Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Blanco-Pastor, J.L.; Juan, A.; Carnicero, P.; Forrest, A.; Alarcón, M.; Vargas, P.; Glover, B.J. 2019. Macroevolutionary dynamics of nectar spurs, a key evolutionary innovation. New Phytologist 222:1123-1138.
  • Otero, A.; Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Valcárcel, V.; Vargas, P. 2019. Being in the right place at the right time? Parallel diversification bursts favored by the persistence of ancient epizoochorous traits and hidden factors in Cynoglossoideae. American Journal of Botany 106(3):438-452.
  • Otero, A.; Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Valcárcel, V.; Vargas, P. 2019. Worldwide long-distance dispersal favored by epizoochorous traits in the biogeographic history of Omphalodeae (Boraginaceae). Journal of Systematics and Evolution 57(6):579-593.
  • Arjona, Y.; Nogales, M.; Heleno, R.; Vargas, P. 2018. Long-distance dispersal syndromes matter: Diaspore-trait effect on shaping plant distribution across the Canary Islands. Ecography [in press].
  • Coello, A.J.; Leo, M.; Arjona, Y.; Vargas, P. 2018. Are long-distance dispersal syndromes associated with the conservation status of plant species? The Canary Islands as a case study. Mediterranean Botany 39(2):105-110.
  • Correia, M.; Heleno, R.; Vargas, P.; Rodríguez-Echeverría, S. 2018. Should I stay or should I go? Mycorrhizal plants are more likely to invest in long-distance seed dispersal than non-mycorrhizal plants. Ecology Letters 21(5):683-691.
  • Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Mellers, G.; Vigalondo, B.; Sáez, L,; Vargas, P.; Glover, B.J. 2018. Resolving recent plant radiations: power and robustness of genotyping-by-sequencing. Syst. Biol. [in press].
  • Julca, I.; Marcet-Houben, M.; Vargas, P.; Gabaldón, T. 2018. Phylogenomics of the olive tree (Olea europaea) reveals the relative contribution of ancient allo- and autopolyploidization events. BMC Biology. 16(1):art.15.
  • Olesen, J.M.; Damgaard, C.F.; Fuster, F.; Heleno, R.H.; Nogales, M.; Rumeu, B.; Trøjelsgaard, K.; Vargas, P.; Traveset, A. 2018. Disclosing the double mutualist role of birds on Galápagos. Scientific Reports 8:57.
  • Rundel, P.W.; Arroyo, M.T.K.; Cowling, R.M.; Keeley, J.E.; Lamont, B.B.; Pausas, J.G.; Vargas, P. 2018. Fire and plant diversification in mediterranean-climate regions. Frontiers in Plant Science 9:851.
  • Vargas, P.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Heleno, R. 2018. Phylogenetic evidence for a Miocene origin of Mediterranean lineages: species diversity, reproductive traits and geographical isolation. Plant Biology. 20(S1):157-165.
  • Forrest, A.; Escudero, M.; Heuertz, M.; Wilson, Y.; Cano E.; Vargas, P. 2017. Testing the hypothesis of low genetic diversity and population structure in narrow endemic species: The endangered Antirrhinum charidemi (Plantaginaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 183(2):260-270.
  • Garciá-Aloy, S.; Sanmartín, I.; Kadereit, G.; Vitales, D.; Millanes, A.M.; Roquet, C.; Vargas, P.; Alarcón, M.; Aldasoro, J.J. 2017. Opposite trends in the genus Monsonia (Geraniaceae): Specialization in the African deserts and range expansions throughout eastern Africa. Scientific Reports 7(1):9872.
  • García-Aloy, S.; Vitales, D.; Roquet, C.; Sanmartín, I.; Vargas, P.; Molero, J.; Kamau, P.; Aldasoro, J.J.; Alarcón, M. 2017. North-west Africa as a source and refuge area of plant biodiversity: A case study on Campanula kremeri and Campanula occidentalis. Journal of Biogeography 44:2057-2068.
  • Guzmán, B.; Fedriani, J.M.; Delibes, M.; Vargas, P. 2017. The colonization history of the Mediterranean dwarf palm (Chamaerops humilis L., Palmae). Tree Genetics and Genomes 13(1):e24. -1108-1
  • Guzmán, B.; Gómez, J.M.; Vargas, P. 2017. Is floral morphology a good predictor of floral visitors to Antirrhineae (snapdragons and relatives)?. Plant Biology 19(4):515-524.
  • Guzmán, B.; Heleno, R.; Nogales, M.; Simbaña, W.; Traveset, A.; Vargas, P. 2017. Evolutionary history of the endangered shrub snapdragon (Galvezia leucantha) of the Galápagos Islands. Diversity and Distributions 23(3):247-260.
  • Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Gutiérrez, L.; Álvarez, I.; Vargas, P. 2017. Narrow endemics in Mediterranean scrublands: high gene flow buffers genetic impoverishment in the annual monospecific Castrilanthemum (Asteraceae). Biodiversity and Conservation 26(11):2607-2626. -1374-0
  • Mairal, M.; Sanmartín, I.; Herrero, A.; Pokorny, L.; Vargas, P.; Aldasoro, J.J.; Alarcón, M. 2017. Geographic barriers and Pleistocene climate change shaped patterns of genetic variation in the Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot. Scientific Reports 7: e45749.
  • Nogales, M.; González-Castro, A.; Rumeu, B.; Traveset, A.; Vargas, P.; Jaramillo, P.; Olesen, J.M.; Heleno, R.H. 2017. Contribution by vertebrates to seed dispersal effectiveness in the Galápagos Islands: a community-wide approach. Ecology 98(8):2049-2058.
  • Patiño, J.; Whittaker, R.J.; Borges, P.A.V.; Fernández-Palacios, J.M.; Ah-Peng, C.; Araújo, M.B.; Ávila, S.P.; Cardoso, P.; Cornuault, J.; de Boer, E.J.; de Nascimento, L.; Gil, A.; González-Castro, A.; Gruner, D.S.; Heleno, R.; Hortal, J.; Illera, J.C.; Kaiser-Bunbury, C. 2017. A roadmap for island biology: 50 fundamental questions after 50 years of The Theory of Island Biogeography. Journal of Biogeography 44(5):963-983.
  • Rumeu, B.; Devoto, M.; Traveset, A.; Olesen, J.M.; Vargas, P.; Nogales, M.; Heleno, R. 2017. Predicting the consequences of disperser extinction: Richness matters the most when abundance is low. Functional Ecology 31(10):1910-1920. 12897
  • Valcárcel, V.; Guzmán, B.; Medina, N.G.; Vargas, P.; Wen, J. 2017. Phylogenetic and paleobotanical evidence for late Miocene diversification of the Tertiary subtropical lineage of ivies (Hedera L., Araliaceae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 17(1):e146.
  • Vargas, P.; Liberal, I.; Ornosa, C.; Gómez, J.M. 2017. Flower specialisation: The occluded corolla of snapdragons (Antirrhinum) exhibits two pollinator niches of large long-tongued bees. Plant Biology 19(5):787-797.
  • Villaverde, T.; Escudero, M.; Martín-Bravo, S.; Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Sanmartín, I.; Vargas, P.; Luceño, M. 2017. Bipolar distributions in vascular plants: A review. American Journal of Botany. 104(11):1680-1694.
  • Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Martín-Bravo, S.; Buide, M.L.; Álvarez, I.; Vargas, P. 2016. Narrow endemics on coastal plains: Miocene divergence of the critically endangered genus Avellara (Compositae). Plant Biology 18(4): 729-738.

  • Nogales M.; Heleno R.; Rumeu B.; González-Castro A.; Traveset A.; Vargas P.; Olesen J.M.; Field R. 2016. Seed-dispersal networks on the Canaries and the Galápagos archipelagos: interaction modules as biogeographical entities. Global Ecology and Biogeography 25(7):912-922.
  • Rumeu B.; Vargas P.; Riina R. 2016. Incipient radiation versus multiple origins of the Galápagos Croton scouleri (Euphorbiaceae). Journal of Biogeography 43(9):1717-1727.
  • Blanco-Pastor, J.L.; Ornosa, C.; Romero, D.; Liberal, I.M.; Gómez, J.M.; Vargas, P. 2015. Bees explain floral variation in a recent radiation of Linaria. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28:851-863.
  • Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Vargas, P. 2015. Quaternary radiation of bifid toadflaxes (Linaria sect. Versicolores) in the Iberian Peninsula: low taxonomic signal but high geographic structure of plastid DNA lineages. Plant Systematics and Evolution 301:1411-1423.
  • Guzmán, B.; Gómez, J.M.; Vargas, P. 2015. Bees and evolution of occluded corollas in snapdragons and relatives (Antirrhineae). Perspectives in plant ecology, evolution and systematics 17:467-475

  • Guzmán, B.; Narbona, E.; Vargas, P. 2015. Investigating reproductive incompatibility barriers in a Mediterranean rock-rose (Cistus ladanifer). Plant Biosystems 149: 1-6.

  • Guzmán, B.; Rodríguez, C.M.; Forrest, A.; Cano, E; Vargas, P. 2015. Protected areas of Spain preserve most of the genetic diversity of Quercus ilex L. Tree genetics and genomes 11: 124

  • Heleno, R.H.; Vargas, P. 2015. How do islands become green? Global Ecology and Biogeography 24:518-526.
  • Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Amat, M.E.; Vargas, P. 2015. Narrow endemics in European mountains: High genetic diversity within the monospecific genus Pseudomisopates (Plantaginaceae) despite isolation since the late Pleistocene. Journal of Biogeography 42:1455-1468.
  • Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Vargas, P. 2015. Taxonomy of the tribe Apieae (Apiaceae) revisited as revealed by molecular phylogenies and morphological characters. Phytotaxa 212:57-79.
  • Mas de Xaxars, G.; García-Fernández, A.; Barnola, P.; Martín, J.; Mercadé, A.; Vallès, J.; Vargas, P.; Vigo, J.; Garnatje, T. 2015. Phylogenetic and cytogenetic studies reveal hybrid speciation in Saxifraga subsect. Triplinervium (Saxifragaceae).  Journal of Systematics and Evolution (DOI: 10.1111/jse.12105)

  • Navarro-Pérez, M.L.; Vargas, P.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; López, J.; Valtueña, F.J.; Ortega-Olivencia, A. 2015. Multiple windows of colonization to Macaronesia by the dispersal-unspecialized Scrophularia since the Late Miocene. Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics 17:263-273.
  • Traveset, A.; Olesen, J.M.; Nogales, M.; Vargas, P.; Jaramillo, P.; Antolín, E.; Trigo, M.M.; Heleno, R. 2015. Bird-flower visitation networks in the Galápagos unveil a widespread interaction release. Nature Communications 6:6376.
  • Vargas, P.; Arjona, Y.; Nogales, M.; Heleno, R.H. 2015. Long-distance dispersal to oceanic islands: Success of plants with multiple diaspore specializations. AoB PLANTS 7:plv073.
  • Vargas, P.; Rumeu, B.; Heleno, R.H.; Traveset, A.; Nogales, M. 2015. Historical isolation of the Galápagos carpenter bee (Xylocopa darwini) despite strong flight capability and ecological amplitude. PLoS ONE 10:e0120597.
  • Vigalondo, B.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Vargas, P.; Sáez, L. 2015. Unmasking cryptic species: Morphometric and phylogenetic analyses of the Ibero-North African Linaria incarnata complex. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 177:395-417.
  • Amat, M.E.; Vargas, P.; Gómez, J.M. 2014. Factors controlling seed germination of the Iberian critically endangered Pseudomisopates (Antirrhinaceae). Plant Systematics and Evolution 300: 2127-2134.

  • Cires, E.; Baltisberger, M.; Cuesta, C.; Vargas, P.; Prieto, J.A.F. 2014. Allopolyploid origin of the Balkan endemic Ranunculus wettsteinii (Ranunculaceae) inferred from nuclear and plastid DNA sequences. Organisms Diversity and Evolution 14: 1-10.

  • Escudero, M.; Martín-Bravo, S., Mayrose, I.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Fiz-Palacios, O.; Hipp, A.L.; Pimentel, M.; Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Valcárcel, V.; Vargas, P.; Luceño, M. 2014. Karyotypic Changes through Dysploidy Persist Longer over Evolutionary Time than Polyploid Changes. PLoS ONE 9: e85266.

  • Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Rotllan-Puig, X.; Vargas, P. 2014. Narrow endemics to Mediterranean islands: Moderate genetic diversity but narrow climatic niche of the ancient, critically endangered Naufraga (Apiaceae). Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 16: 190-202.

  • Liberal, I.M.; Burrus, M.; Suchet, C.; Thébaud, C.; Vargas, P. 2014. The evolutionary history of Antirrhinum in the Pyrenees inferred from phylogeographic analyses. BMC Evolutionary Biology  14 (1): e146.

  • Magallon, S.; Vargas ,P. 2014. Eudicotyledons: The Greatest Flower Diversity in Angiosperms. In:  Vargas; Zardoya (eds.).The Tree of Life. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Publishers, Sunderland, US.  pp. 156-166.

  • Otero, A.; Jiménez-Mejías, P.; Valcárcel, V.; Vargas, P. 2014 Molecular phylogenetics and morphology support two new genera (Memoremea and Nihon) of Boraginaceae s.s. Phytotaxa 173: 241-277.

  • Rumeu, B.; Vargas, P.; Jaén-Molina, R.; Nogales, M.; Caujapé-Castells, J. 2014. Phylogeography and genetic structure of the threatened Canarian Juniperus cedrus (Cupressaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 175: 376-394.

  • Valcarcel,V.; Vargas, P.I. 2014. Tracheophytes: Land Conquest by Vascular Plants. In: Vargas; Zardoya (eds.).The Tree of Life. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Publishers, Sunderland, US. pp. 96-108.

  • Vargas, P. 2014. Angiosperms: Plants with Flowers that Produce Fruits. In: Vargas; Zardoya (eds.).The Tree of Life. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Publishers, Sunderland, US. pp. 132-142.

  • Vargas, P. 2014. Evolution on Islands. In: Vargas; Zardoya (eds.).The Tree of Life. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Publishers, Sunderland, US. pp. 577-594.

  • Vargas, P. 2014. Mammals: Prolific Speciation after Dinosaurs' Demise. In: Vargas; Zardoya (eds.).The Tree of Life. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Publishers, Sunderland, US. pp. 502-518.

  • Vargas, P.; Nogales, M.; Jaramillo, P.; Olesen, J. M.; Traveset, A.; Heleno, R. 2014. Plant colonization across the Galápagos Islands: success of the sea dispersal syndrome. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 174: 349-358.

  • Vargas, P.; Valente, L.M.; Blanco-Pastor, J.L.; Liberal, I.; Guzmán, B.; Cano, E.; Forrest, A.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M. 2014. Testing the biogeographical congruence of palaeofloras using molecular phylogenetics: snapdragons and the Madrean-Tethyan flora. Journal of Biogeography 41: 932-943.

  • Vargas, P.; Zardoya, R. 2014. The Tree of Life. Sinauer Associates Inc., Publishers, Sunderland, US. 713 pp. ISBN 978-1-60535-229-9.

  • Zamora, S.; Dominguez, P.; Vargas, P. 2014. Echinoderms: Reinventing Radial Symmetry. In: Vargas; Zardoya (eds.).The Tree of Life. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Publishers, Sunderland, US. pp. 448-459.

  • Alarcón, M.; Roquet, C.; García-Fernández, A.; Vargas, P.;  Aldasoro, J.J. 2013. Phylogenetic and phylogeographic evidence for a Pleistocene disjunction between Campanula jacobaea (Cape Verde Islands) and C. balfourii (Socotra). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69: 828-836.

  • Alarcón, M.L.; Vargas, P.; Aldasoro, J.J. 2013 Erodium maritimum (Geraniaceae), a species with an uneven and fragmented distribution along the Western Mediterranean and European Atlantic coasts, has a weak genetic structure. Plant Biology 15: 186-194.

  • Amat, M.E.; Silvertown, J.; Vargas, P. 2013. Strong spatial genetic structure reduces reproductive success in the critically endangered plant genus Pseudomisopates. Journal of Heredity 104: 692-703.

  • Amat, M.E.; Vargas, P.; Gómez, J.M. 2013. Effects of human activity on the distribution and abundance of an endangered Mediterranean high-mountain plant (Erysimum penyalarense). Journal for Nature Conservation 21: 262-271.

  • Besnard, G.; Khadari, B.; Navascués, M.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; El Bakkali, B.; Arrigo, N.; Baali-Cherif, D.; Brunini-Bronzini de Caraffa, V.; Santoni, S.; Vargas, P.; Savolainen, V. 2013. The complex history of the olive tree: from Late Quaternary diversification of Mediterranean lineages to primary domestication in the northern Levant. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 280: 20122833.

  • Blanco-Pastor, J.L.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Vargas, P. 2013. Past and future demographic dynamics of alpine species: Limited genetic consequences despite dramatic range contraction in a plant from the Spanish Sierra Nevada. Molecular Ecology 22: 4177-4195. 

  • Blanco-Pastor, J.L.; Vargas, P. 2013. Autecological traits determined two evolutionary strategies in Mediterranean plants during the Quaternary: low differentiation and range expansion versus geographical speciation in Linaria. Molecular Ecology 22: 5651-5668. 

  • Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Blanco-Pastor, J.L.; Gómez, J.M.; Vargas, P. 2013. Corolla morphology influences diversification rates in bifid toadflaxes (Linaria sect. Versicolores). Annals of Botany 112: 1705-1722. 


  • Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Blanco-Pastor, J.L.; Vargas, P. 2013. A phylogeny of toadflaxes (Linaria Mill.) based on nuclear ITS sequences: systematic and evolutionary consequences. International Journal of Plant Sciences 174(2): 234-249.

  • Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Vargas, P. 2013. Congruence between distribution modelling and phylogeographical analyses reveals Quaternary survival of a toadflax species (Linaria elegans) in oceanic climate areas of a mountain ring range. New Phytologist 198(4): 1274-1289.

  • García-Verdugo, C.; Calleja, J.A.; Vargas, P.; Silva, L.; Moreira, O.; Pulido, F. 2013 Polyploidy and microsatellite variation in the relict tree Prunus lusitanica L.: How effective are refugia in preserving genotypic diversity of clonal taxa? Molecular Ecology 22: 1546-1557.

  • Heleno, R.H.; Olesen, J.M.; Nogales, M.; Vargas, P.; Traveset, A. 2013. Seed dispersal networks in the Galápagos and the consequences of alien plant invasions. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 280 (1750).    

  • Navarro-Pérez, M.L.; López, J.; Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Rodríguez-Riaño, T.; Vargas, P.; Ortega-Olivencia, A. 2013. The role of birds and insects in pollination shifts of Scrophularia (Scrophulariaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69: 239-254.

  • Traveset, A.; Heleno, R.; Chamorro, S.; Vargas, P.;  McMullen, C. K.; Castro-Urgal, R.; Nogales, M.; Herrera, H.W.; Olesen, J.M. 2013. Invaders of pollination networks in the Galapagos Islands: emergence of novel communities.  Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 280: 20123040. 

  • Valcárcel, V.; Vargas, P. 2013. Phylogenetic reconstruction of key traits in the evolution of ivies (Hedera L.) Plant Systematics and Evolution 299:447-458.

  • Valente, L.M.; Vargas, P. 2013. Contrasting evolutionary hypotheses between two mediterranean‐climate floristic hotspots: the Cape of southern Africa and the Mediterranean Basin. Journal of Biogeography 40: 2032-2046.

  • Alarcón, M.; Vargas, P.; Sáez, L.; Molero, J.;  Aldasoro, J. J. 2012. Genetic diversity of mountain plants: two migration episodes of Mediterranean Erodium (Geraniaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 63: 866-876.  

  • Blanco-Pastor, J.L.; Vargas, P.; Pfeil, B.E. 2012. Coalescent simulations reveal hybridization and incomplete lineage sorting in mediterranean Linaria. PLoS ONE 7 (6): e39089. 

  • Calviño-Cancela, M.; Escudero, M.; Rodríguez-Pérez, J.; Cano, E.; Vargas, P., Velo-Antón, G., Traveset, A. The role of seed dispersal, pollination and historical effects on genetic patterns of an insular plant that has lost its only seed disperser. Journal of Biogeography 39: 1996-2006.

  • Cires, E.; Cuesta, C.; Vargas, P.; Fernández Prieto, J.A. 2012. Unravelling the evolutionary history of the polyploid complex Ranunculus parnassiifolius (Ranunculaceae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 107: 477-493. 

  • Nogales, M.; Heleno, R.; Traveset, A.; Vargas, P. 2012 Evidence for overlooked mechanisms of long-distance seed dispersal to and between oceanic islands. The New Phytologist 194: 313-317.

  • Otero, A.; Valcárcel, V.; Jiménez Mejías, P.; Vargas, P. 2012. Reaparición de Gyrocaryum en Madrid. Conservación Vegetal.

  • Santos-Gally, R. Vargas, P.; Arroyo, J. 2012. Insights into Neogene Mediterranean biogeography based on phylogenetic relationships of mountain and lowland lineages of Narcissus (Amaryllidaceae). Journal of Biogeography 39: 782-798.

  • Vargas, P.; Heleno, R.; Traveset, A.; Nogales, M. 2012 Colonization of the Galápagos Islands by plants with no specific syndromes for long-distance dispersal: a new perspective. Ecography 35: 33-43. 

  • Amat, M.E.; Vargas, P.; Gómez, J.M. 2011. Pollen quality limitation in the Iberian critically endangered genus Pseudomisopates (Antirrhinaceae). Plant Ecology 212(6): 1069-1078. 

  • Balaguer, L.; Arroyo-García, R.; Jiménez, P.; Jiménez, M. D.; Villegas, L.; Cordero, I.; Rubio de Casas, R.; Fernández-Delgado, R.; Ron, M. E.; Manrique, E.; Vargas, P.; Cano, E.; Pueyo, J.J.; Aronson, J. 2011. Forest Restoration in a Fog Oasis: Genetic and Ecophysiological Evidence Indicates Need for Cultural Awareness in Constructing the Reference. PLoS ONE  6(8): e23004.

  • De Casas, R.R.; Vargas, P.; Pérez-Corona, E.; Manrique, E.; García-Verdugo, C.; Balaguer, L. 2011. Sun and shade leaves of Olea europaea respond differently to plant size, light availability and genetic variation. Functional Ecology 25: 802-812.

  • Fernández-Mazuecos, M., Vargas, P. 2011. Historical isolation versus recent long-distance connections between Europe and Africa in bifid toadflaxes (Linaria sect. Versicolores) PLoS ONE, 6 (7): e22234. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022234

  • Fernández-Mazuecos, M.; Vargas, P. 2011. Genetically depauperate in the continent but rich in oceanic islands: Cistus monspeliensis (Cistaceae) in the canary islands PLoS ONE 6 (2): e17172

  • Guzmán, B.; Narbona, E.; Vargas, P. 2011. Similar reproductive success of the two petal colour polymorphisms of Cistus ladanifer (Cistaceae). Plant Biosystems 145: 931-937.

  • Heleno, R.; Blake, S.; Jaramillo, P.; Traveset, A.; Vargas, P.; Nogales, M. 2011. Frugivory and seed dispersal in the Galápagos: what is the state of the art? Integrative Zoology 6: 88-106.

  • Rumeu, B.; Caujapé-Castells, J.; Blanco-Pastor, J.L.; Jaén-Molina, R.; Nogales, M.; Elias, R.B.; Vargas, P. 2011. The colonization history of Juniperus brevifolia (Cupressaceae) in the Azores islands. PLoS ONE 6 (11): e27697

  • Valente, L.; Savolainen, V.; Manning, J.C.; Goldblatt, P.; Vargas, P. 2011. Explaining disparities in species richness between Mediterranean floristic regions: a case study in Gladiolus (Iridaceae). Global Ecology and Biogeography 20:881-892.

  • Valente, L.M.; Savolainen V.; Vargas, P. 2010. Unparalleled rates of species diversification in Europe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B published online before print January 27, 2010, (doi:10.1098/rspb.2009.2163)

  • Vargas, P.; Carrió, E.; Guzmán, B.; Amat, E.; Güemes, J. 2009. A geographical pattern of Antirrhinum (Scrophulariaceae) speciation since the Pliocene based on plastid and nuclear DNA polymorphisms. J. Biogeogr. 36, 1297–1312.

  • De Casas, R.R.; Cano, E.; Balaguer, L.; Pérez-Corona, E.; Manrique, E.; García-Verdugo, C. et al. 2007. Taxonomic identity of Quercus coccifera L. in the Iberian peninsula is maintained in spite of widespread hybridisation, as revealed by morphological, ISSR and ITS sequence data. Flora: Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants, 202 (6), 488-499.

  • Guzmán, B.; Vargas, P. 2005. Systematics, character evolution, and biogeography of Cistus L. (Cistaceae) based on ITS, trnL-trnF, and matK sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 37(2): 644-660. 

  • Vargas P. 2004. Olivo. En: Vargas P. Jardín Botánico de Madrid: un paseo guiado. Ibersaf, Madrid, 300 pp. ISBN 84-95803-18-6.

  • Vargas, P.; Rosselló, J. A.; Oyama, R.; Güemes, J. 2004. Molecular evidence for naturalness of genera in the tribe Antirrhineae (Scrophulariaceae) and three independent evolutionary lineages from the New World and the Old. Plant  Systematics and  Evolution 249: 151-172.

  • Hess, J.; Kadereit, J.; Vargas, P. 2000. The colonization history of Olea europaea L. in Macaronesia based on internal transcribed spacer 1 (ITS-1) sequences, randomly amplified polymorphic DNAs (RAPD), and inter-simple sequence repeats (ISSR). Molecular Ecology 9: 857-868.

  • Vargas, P., Baldwin, B.G.; Constance, L. 1998.  Nuclear ribosomal DNA evidence for a western North American origin of Hawaiian and South American species of Sanicula (Apiaceae).  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 95: 235-240.

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