72.    Britstein, M., Cerrano, C., Burgsdorf, I., Zoccarato, L., Kenny, N.J., Riesgo, A., Lalzar, M. and Steindler, L. (2020) Sponge microbiome stability during environmental acquisition of highly specific photosymbionts. Environmental Microbiology, in press.

71.    Koutsouveli, V., Cárdenas, P., Santodomingo, N., Marina, A., Morato, E., Rapp, H.T. and Riesgo, A*. (2020). The molecular machinery of gametogenesis in Geodia demosponges (Porifera): evolutionary origins of a conserved toolkit across animals. Molecular Biology and Evolution, in press.

70.   Maldonado, M., López-Acosta, M., Beazley, L., Kenchington, E., Koutsouveli, V. and Riesgo, A*. (2020). Cooperation between passive and active silicon transporters clarifies the ecophysiology and evolution of biosilicification in sponges. Science Advances, 6(28), p.eaba9322.

69.    Ríos, P., Riesgo, A., Taboada, S. and Cristobo, J. (2020). A new species of Isodictya (Porifera: Poecilosclerida) from the Southern Ocean. Polar Biology, 43(5), pp.523-533.

68.     Taboada, S., Silva, A.S., Neal, L., Cristobo, J., Ríos, P., Álvarez-Campos, P., Hestetun, J.T., Koutsouveli, V., Sherlock, E. and Riesgo, A*. (2020). Insights into the symbiotic relationship between scale worms and carnivorous sponges (Cladorhizidae, Chondrocladia). Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 156, p.103191.

67.      Lanna, E. and Riesgo, A. (2020). Sponge larvae do not swim that fast: a reply to Montgomery et al.(2019). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 100(1), pp.181-183.

66.      Koutsouveli, V., Manousaki, T., Riesgo, A., Lagnel, J., Kollias, S., Tsigenopoulos, C.S., Arvanitidis, C., Dounas, C., Magoulas, A. and Dailianis, T., 2020. Gearing Up for Warmer Times: Transcriptomic Response of Spongia officinalis to Elevated Temperatures Reveals Recruited Mechanisms and Potential for Resilience. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, p.786.

65.     Georgieva, M.N., Taboada, S., Riesgo, A., Díez-Vives, C., De Leo, F.C., ...(2020). Evidence of vent-adaptation in sponges living at the periphery of hydrothermal vent environments: ecological and evolutionary implications. Frontiers in Microbiology 11, 1636



64.     Mariani, S., Baillie, C., Colosimo, G. and Riesgo, A. (2019). Sponges as natural environmental DNA samplers. Current Biology, 29(11), pp.R401-R402. 

63.     González-Aravena, M., Kenny, N.J., Osorio, M., Font, A., Riesgo, A. and Cárdenas, C.A. (2019). Warm temperatures, cool sponges: the effect of increased temperatures on the Antarctic sponge Isodictya sp. PeerJ, 7, p.e8088.

62.     Moles, J. and Riesgo, A*. (2019) A junior freckled nudibranch: chromatic variability in Felimida species from the Eastern Atlantic. Spixiana 42 (2), 193-202.

61.     Kenny, N.J., Plese, B., Riesgo, A*. and Itskovich, V.B. (2019). Symbiosis, Selection, and Novelty: Freshwater Adaptation in the Unique Sponges of Lake Baikal. Molecular biology and evolution, 36(11), 2462-2480.

60.    Laumer, C.E., Fernández, R., Lemer, S., Combosch, D., Kocot, K.M., Riesgo, A., Andrade, S.C., Sterrer, W., Sørensen, M.V. and Giribet, G. (2019). Revisiting metazoan phylogeny with genomic sampling of all phyla. Proceedings of the royal society B, 286(1906), 20190831.

59.     Leiva, C., Taboada, S., Kenny, N.J., Combosch, D., Giribet, G., Jombart, T. and Riesgo, A*. (2019). Population substructure and signals of divergent adaptive selection despite admixture in the sponge Dendrilla antarctica from shallow waters surrounding the Antarctic Peninsula. Molecular Ecology, 28(13), 3151-3170.

58.     Plese, B., Rossi, M.E., Kenny, N., Taboada, S., Koutsouveli, V., Riesgo A. Trimitomics: An efficient pipeline for mitochondrial assembly from transcriptomic reads in non-model species. Molecular Ecology Resources, 19 (5), 1230-1239.

57.     Riesgo, A., Taboada, S., Pérez-Portela, R., Melis, P., Xavier, J.R., Blasco, G., López-Legentil, S. (2019). Genetic diversity, connectivity and gene flow along the distribution of the emblematic Atlanto-Mediterranean sponge Petrosia ficiformis (Haplosclerida, Demospongiae). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 19:24.


56.     Álvarez-Campos, P., Kenny, N.J., Verdes, A., Fernández, R., Novo, M., Giribet, G., Riesgo, A*. (2018). Delegating sex: differential gene expression in stolonizing syllids uncovers the hormonal control of reproduction. Genome Biology and Evolution, 11 (1), 295-318

55.        Leiva, C., Riesgo, A., Avila, C., Rouse, G., Taboada, S. (2018). Population structure and phylogenetics relationships of a new shallow water Antarctic annelid phyllodocid. Zoologica Scripta, 47(6):714-726

54.       Taboada, S., Riesgo, A., Wiklund, H., Paterson, G., Koutsouveli, V., Santodomingo, N., Dale, A., Smith, C., Dhalgren, T., Glover, A. (2018). Implications of population connectivity studies for the design of marine protected areas in the deep-sea: an example of a demosponge from the Clarion-Clipperton Zone. Molecular Ecology, 27:4657-4679

53.         Laumer, C.E., GRuber-Vodicka, H., Hadfield, M.G., Pearse, V.B., Riesgo, A., Marioni, J.C., & Giribet, G. (2018). Support for a clade of Placozoa and Cnidaria in genes with minimal compositional bias. eLife, 7:e36278.

52.      Taboada, S., Leiva, C., Junoy, J., Alexander, F., & Riesgo, A. (2018). A new member of the genus Antarctonemertes (Hoplonemertea, Nemertea) from Antarctic waters. Polar Biology, 41: 1463-1473.

51.         *Koutsouveli, V., Taboada, S., Moles, J., Cristobo, J., Ríos, P., Bertran, A., Solà, J., Avila, C., Riesgo, A. (2018). Insights into the reproduction of some Antarctic dendroceratid, poecilosclerid, and haplosclerid sponges. PLoS ONE, 13(2):e0192267

50.         Pérez-Portela, R., Riesgo, A. (2018) Population genomics of early-splitting lineages of metazoans. In: Marine Organisms Population genomics. Oleksiak, M., & Rajora, O.P. (eds). Springer.

49.       *Álvarez-Campos, P., Taboada, S., San Martín, G., Leiva, C., Riesgo, A. (2018) Phylogenetic relationships and evolution of reproductive modes within flattened syllids (Annelida, Syllidae) with the description of a new genus and six new species. Invertebrate Systematics, 32(1): 224-251.

48.         Burguera, D., Marquez, Y., Racioppi, C., Pernmayer, J., Torres-Méndez, A., Esposito, R., Albuxiech-Crespo, B., Fanlo, L., D'Agostino, Y., Gohr, A., Navas-Perez, E., Riesgo, A., Cuomo, C., Benvenuto, G., Christiaen, L.A., Martí, E., D'Aniello, S., Spagnuolo, A., Ristoratore, F., Arnone, M.I., Garcia-Fernàndez, J., Irimia, M. (2017). Evolutionary recruitment of flexible Esrp-dependent splicing programs into diverse embryonic morphogenetic processes. Nature Communications, Nature Communications, 8(1): 1799.

47.         Riesgo, A., Cavalcanti, F.F., Kenny, N.J., Ríos, P., Cristobo, J., Lanna, E. (2018) Integrative systematics of clathrinid sponges: morphological, reproductive, and phylogenetic characterization of a new species of Leucetta from Antarctica (Porifera, Calcarea, Calcinea) with notes on the occurrence of flagellated sperm.  Invertebrate Systematics, 32(4):827-842.


46.      Voolstra, C.R., Community of Scientists GIGA, Riesgo, A., Wöerheide, G., Giribet, G., Lopez, V. J. (2017). Advancing genomics through the Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance. Invertebrate Systematics, 31: 1-7.

45.         Taboada, S., Kenny, N.J., Riesgo, A., Wiklund, H., Paterson, G.L., Dahlgren, T., Glover, A.G. (2017) Mitochondrial genome and polymorphic microsatellite marckers from the abyssal sponge Plenaster craigi Lim & Wiklund, 2017: tools for understanding the impact of sea mining. Marine Biodiversity, 1-10.                      

44.         *Kenny, N.J., de Goeij, J.M., de Bakker, D.M., Whalen, C.G., Berezikov, E., Riesgo, A. (2017) Towards the identification of ancestrally shared regenerative mechanisms across the Metazoa: A transcriptomic case study in the demosponge Halisarca caerulea. Marine Genomics, doi.org/10.1016/j.margen.2017.11.001.

43.      *Álvarez-Campos, P., Giribet, G., Riesgo, A. (2017) The Syllis gracilis species complex: a molecular approach to a difficult taxonomic problem (Annelida, Syllidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 109: 138-150.

42.          Riesgo, A., Burke, E.A., Laumer, C., Giribet, G. (2017). Genetic variation and geographic differentiation in the marine triclad Bdelloura candida (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida, Maricola), ectocommensal on the American horseshoe crab Limulus polyphemus. Marine Biology, 164(5): 111.


41.   Melis, P., Riesgo, A., Taboada, S., Manconi, R. (2016). Coping with brackish water: A new species of cave-dwelling Protosuberites (Porifera: Demospongiae: Suberitidae) from the Western Mediterranean and a first contribution to the phylogenetic relationships within the genus. Zootaxa, 4208(2).

40.        Riesgo, A., Pérez-Portela, R., Pita, L., Blasco, G., Erwin, P.M., López-Legentil, S. (2016). Population structure and connectivity in the Mediterranean sponge Ircinia fasciculata are affected by mass mortalities and hybridization. Heredity, 117(6): 427-39.

39.      *Álvarez-Campos, P., Giribet, G., San Martín, G., Rouse, G., Riesgo, A. (2016). Straightening the striped chaos: systematics and evolution of Trypanosyllis and the case of its pseudo-cryptic type species Trypanosyllis krohnii (Annelida, Syllidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 170(3): 492-540.

38.    *Pérez-Portela, R., Cerro, E., Taboada, S., Campillo, C., Tidu, C., Mora, J., Riesgo, A. (2016). Lonely populations in the deep: genetic divergence of populations of the red gorgonian located at the head of the submarine canyons of the North-Western Mediterranean Sea. Coral Reefs, 35(3): 1013-1026.

37.      Gold, D.A., Grabenstatter, J., de Mendoza, A., Riesgo, A., Ruiz-Trillo, I., Summons, R.E. (2016). Sterol and genomic analyses validate the sponge biomarker hypothesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(10): 2684-2689.

36.      *Pérez-Portela, R., Turon, X., Riesgo, A. (2016). Characterization of the transcriptome and gene expression of four different tissues in an ecologically relevant echinoderm of the Mediterranean Sea using RNAseq. Molecular Ecology Resources, 16(3): 794-808.



35.      Álvarez-Campos, P., Riesgo, A., Hutchings, P., San Martín, G. (2015). The genus Syllis Savigny in Lamarck, 1818 (Annelida, Syllidae) from Australia. Molecular analysis and re-description of some poorly-known species. Zootaxa, 4052(2): 297-331.

34.      Taboada, S., Riesgo, A., Bas, M., Arnedo, M.A., Cristobo, J., Rouse, G. and Avila, C. (2015). Bone-eating worms spread: Insights into shallow-water Osedax (Annelida, Siboglinidae) from Antarctic, Subantarctic, and Mediterranean waters. PLoS ONE, 10(11): e0140341.

33.        Riesgo, A., Taboada, S., Avila, C. (2015). Evolutionary patterns in Antarctic marine invertebrates: an update on molecular studies. Marine Genomics, 23: 1-13.

32.       Taboada, S., Riesgo, A., Blasco, G., Solá, J., Xavier, J.R., López-Legentil, S. (2015). Development of 10 polymorphic microsatellite markers for the emblematic Atlanto-Mediterranean sponge Petrosia ficiformis. Conservation Genetics Resources, 7: 895-897.

31.        Riesgo, A., Taboada, S., Sánchez-Vila, L., Solà, J., Bertran, A., Avila, C. (2015). Some like it fat:  Comparative ultrastructure of the embryo in two demosponges of the genus Mycale (Order Poecilosclerida): Mycale acerata from Antarctica and Mycale laevis from the Caribbean. PLoS ONE, 10(3): e0118805.

30.       Riesgo, A., Maldonado, M., López-Legentil, S., & Giribet, G. (2015). Molecular evolution of the lysosomal cysteine proteases in sponges (Porifera). Journal of Molecular Evolution, 80: 278-291.



29.       Álvarez-Campos, P., Fernández-Leborans, G., Verdes, A., San Martín, G., Martín, D., Riesgo, A. (2014). The tag-along friendship: epibiotic protozoans and syllid polychaetes. Implications for the taxonomy of Syllidae (Annelida), and description of three new species of Rhabdostyla and Cothurnia (Ciliophora, Peritrichia). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 172:265-281.

28.       Riesgo, A., Blasco, G., Erwin, P.M., Pérez-Portela, R., & López-Legentil, S. (2014). Optimization of fourteen microsatellite loci in a Mediterranean demosponges subjected to population decimation, Ircinia fasciculata. Conservation Genetics Resources, 6: 301-303.

27.       Riesgo, A., Cotman, C., Heist, T., McCauley, M., Peterson, K., Richardson, C., Hill, M., & Hill, A. (2014). Transcriptomic analysis of sponge:Symbiodinium symbioses: Differential gene expression upon uptake of Symbiodinium by bioeroding Cliona varians. BMC Genomics, 15:376.

26.       Ludeman, D.A., Farrar, N., Riesgo, A., Paps, J., & Leys, S.P. (2014). Evolutionary origins of sensation in metazoans: functional evidence for a new sensory organ in sponges. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 14:3. [Highly accessed].

25.       Riesgo, A., Farrar, N., Windsor, P.J., Giribet, G., & Leys, S. P. (2014). The analysis of eight transcriptomes from all Porifera classes reveals surprising genetic complexity in sponges. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 31(5):1102-1120.

24.       Riesgo, A., Sharma, P.P., Novo, M., Peterson, M., Maldonado, M. & Giribet, G. (2014). Inferring the ancestral reproductive condition in sponges (Porifera). Zoologica Scripta, 43(1): 101-117.



23.       *Pérez-Portela, R. & Riesgo, A. (2013). Optimizing preservation protocols to extract high-quality RNA from different tissues of echinoderms for Next Generation Sequencing. Molecular Ecology Resources, 13(5): 884-889.

22.     Novo, M., Riesgo, A., Fernández-Guerra, A., & Giribet, G. (2013). Pheromone evolution, reproductive genes, and comparative transcriptomics in Mediterranean earthworms (Annelida, Oligochaeta, Hormogastridae). Molecular Biology and Evolution, 30(7): 1614-1629.

21.      Hill, M.S., Hill, A.S., Lopez, J., Peterson, K.J., Pomponi, S., Diaz, C., Thacker, R., Adamska, M., Boury-Esnault, N., Cárdenas, P., Chaves-Fonnegra, A., Danka, E., De Laine, B., Formica, D., Hajdu, E., Lobo-Hajdu, G., Klontz, S., Morrow, C.C., Patel, J., Picton, B., Pisani, D.,  Pohlmann, D., Redmond, N., Reed, J., Richie, S., Riesgo, A., Rubin, E., Russell, Z., Rützler, K., Sperling, E.A., di Stefano, M., Tarver, J.D., & Collins, A.G. (2013). Reconstruction of Family-level Phylogenetic Relationships within Demospongiae (Porifera) Using Nuclear Encoded Housekeeping Genes. PLoS ONE, 8(1): e50437.



20.     Riesgo, A., Andrade, S.C.S.,  Sharma, P.P., Novo, M., Pérez-Porro, A.R.  Vahtera, V., González, V.L., Kawauchi, G.Y. & 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, 9:3. [Highly accessed].

19.     Novo, M., Riesgo, A.1, Díaz Cosín, D., Roldán, C. & Giribet, G. (2012). A place of nourishment or slaughterhouse? Elucidating the role of the spermathecae wall of Hormogaster elisae (Annelida: Oligochaeta). Zoomorphology, 131:171-184.. (1, equal contribution as first author).

18.     Riesgo, A., Pérez-Porro, A.R., Carmona, S., Leys, S.P. & Giribet, G. (2012). Optimization of preservation and storage time of sponge tissue samples to obtain quality mRNA for Next-Generation Sequencing with Illumina platforms. Molecular Ecology Resources, 12(2): 312-322.



17.     *Leys, S.P. & Riesgo, A. (2011). Epithelia, an evolutionary novelty of metazoans. Journal for Experimental Zoology: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 318(6): 438-447.

16.     Riesgo, A., Villamor, A. & Becerro, M. (2011). Ultrastructure of the gametogenesis of the common Meditterranean starfish, Echinaster (Echinaster) sepositus. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, 55(3): 138-151.



15.     Maldonado, M., Riesgo, A., Bucci, A. & Rützler, K. (2010). Revisiting silicon budgets at a tropical continental shelf: Silica standing stocks in sponges surpass those in diatoms. Limnology & Oceanography, 55(5): 2001-2010.

14.     Riesgo, A. (2010). Phagocytosis of sperm by follicle cells of the carnivorous sponge Asbestopluma occidentalis (Porifera, Demospongiae). Tissue & Cell, 42: 198-201.

13.     Riesgo, A, Pérez-Portela, R & Arroyo, NL. (2010). Halacarid mites associated with a North-Atlantic population of the kelp Laminaria ochroleuca. Journal of Natural History, 44 (11&12): 651-657.



12.     *Maldonado, M & Riesgo, A. (2009). Gametogenesis, embryogenesis, and larval features of the oviparous sponge Petrosia ficiformis (Haplosclerida, Demospongiae). Marine Biology, 156 (10): 2181-2197.

11.     Riesgo, A. & Maldonado, M. (2009). Ultrastructure of oogenesis of two Mediterranean oviparous demosponges: Axinella damicornis and Raspaciona aculeata. Tissue & Cell, 41(1): 51-65.

10.     Riesgo, A. & Maldonado, M. (2009). An unexpectedly sophisticated, V-shaped spermatozoon in Demospongiae (Porifera): reproductive and evolutionary implications. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 97(2): 413-426.



9.     *Maldonado, M. & Riesgo, A. (2008). Reproduction in Porifera: A synoptic overview. Boletín de la Sociedad Catalana de Biología, 59: 29-49.

8.     Riesgo, A., Maldonado, M., & Durfort, M. (2008). Occurrence of somatic cells within the spermatic cysts of demosponges: a discussion of their role. Tissue & Cell, 40: 387-396.

7.     *Maldonado, M & Riesgo, A. (2008). Reproductive output in a Mediterranean population of the homosclerophorid Corticium candelabrum (Porifera, Demospongiae), with notes on the behavior and ultrastructure of the larva. Marine Ecology, 29(2): 298-316.

6.     Riesgo, A. & Maldonado, M. (2008). Differences in reproductive timing between sponges sharing habitat and thermal regime. Invertebrate Biology, 127(4): 357-367.



5.     *Rützler, K, Maldonado, M, Piantoni, C & Riesgo, A. (2007). Iotrochota revisited: a new sponge from Belize (Poecilosclerida, Iotrochotidae). Invertebrate Systematics, 21(2): 173–185.

4.     Riesgo, A., Taylor, C. & Leys, S. (2007). Reproduction in a carnivorous sponge: the significance of the absence of an aquiferous system to the sponge body plan. Evolution and Development, 9(6): 618-631.

3.     Riesgo, A., Maldonado, M. & Durfort, M. (2007). Dynamics of gametogenesis, embryogenesis, and larval release in a Mediterranean homosclerophorid demosponge. Marine and Freshwater Research, 58(4): 398-417.

2.     *Maldonado, M & Riesgo, A. (2007). Intraepithelial spicules in a homosclerophorid sponge. Cell and Tissue Research, 328: 639-650.



1.     *Maldonado, M, Carmona, MC, Echeverría, Y & Riesgo, A. (2005). The environmental impact of Mediterranean cage fish farms at semi-exposed locations: does it need a re-assessment? Helgoland Marine Research, 59: 121-135.

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