R package betapart

    RBaselga A, Orme CDL, Villéger S, De Bortoli J, Leprieur F., Logez M, Martínez-Santalla S, Martín-Devasa R, Gómez-Rodríguez C, Crujeiras RM. 2023. betapart: Partitioning beta diversity into turnover and nestedness components. R package version 1.6. Available at: http://CRAN.R-project.org/package=betapart

    To install this package directly within R type:


    The reference manual can be downloaded from the CRAN server.

    To read more about betapart see Baselga and Orme 2012 (Methods Ecol. Evol. 3: 808-8012), and references below.

    More information about betapart updates here



    Visual abstracts of our papers

    Formoso-freire et al 2024 [pdf]: here we focus on unified models of biological diversity and show that climatic stability is a relevant predictor of the congruence between species abundance and genetic diversity in continental communities of leaf beetles:



    Rodríguez-Pacheco et al 2024 [pdf]: here we show how leaf beetle communities in Sierra de Ancares (NW Spain) have been reshuffled and warm-adapted species have extended their ranges upslope in a 20 year period:


    Formoso-Freire at al 2023 [pdf]: in this paper, we validate the use of different Species Distribution Models to predict the spatio-temporal pattern of range expansion of invasive species, using V. velutina as case study:


    About Biogeography

    We have produced several whiteboard videos to illustrate biodiversity methods and concepts, including also some of our more recent contributions to the topic. We will be publishing them in our group's YouTube channel

    This video focuses on the importance of studying invertebrate biogeography in the current context of climate change:


    If you want to know more about our MacroBeetle project, do not miss this video:


    Here you can learn all you ever wanted (:-) about how one of the most ubiquitous patterns in community ecology and biogeography: the decrease in community similarity with spatial distance (or distance-decay):


    In this video que summarize the predictive framework we developed here to assess the relative importance of dispersal limitation and environmental constraints on species distributions:


    Here you also have a short summary of our research in Galician:


    In September 2020 the International Biogeography Society organised a series of events cellebrating the International Humboldt Day. Our lab organised a symposium on distance-decay models for the analysis of beta diversity. The four talks are available online. In the first talk Carola Gómez-Rodríguez presents several studies that use distance-decay models to infer how major ecological processes, and historical dispersal limitation in particular, impact assemblage variation at large scales. Thereafter, Sara Martínez-Santalla introduces a new significance test for negative-exponential and power-law distance-decay models. The third talk, by Ramiro Martín-Devasa, explores the use of the Gompertz function for modelling distance-decay relationships, and the conditions under which this function outperforms the negative-exponetial and power-law models. Finally, Andrés Baselga talks about the anisotropy of distance-decay patterns and how it varies across biological groups and continents.


    About Invasive Species

    We are part of Atlantic-Positive, an Interreg-funded collaborative effort to develop integrated methodologies for the control of the asian hornet (Vespa velutina), an invasive species in Europe. Here you can watch a brief explanation about our actions within this project.

    You can find more information about this project and our participation in this video (in Galician):

    About Community Ecology

    In this video, Carola summarizes the most relevant aspects of her "Community Ecology" course (Biology Degree, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, USC, Spain). In Spanish:


    About Women in Science

    In November 2020, Carola gave a talk at WISE (Women in Science-Ecology) about the challenges faced by mums in Academia. More info here