Andrés Millán Sánchez

Dept. Ecology & Hidrology (UMU)

  • PhD in Biological Sciences: University of Murcia, 1991.
  • PhD Thesis: “The Coleoptera Hydradephaga (Haliplidae, Girinidae, Noteridae and Dytiscidae) from Segura river basin. SE Iberian peninsula”. pdf.
  • M.S. in Aquatic Ecology: The Heteroptera (Gerromorpha & Nepomorpha from Segura river basin. SE Iberian peninsula. University of Murcia, 1985.
  • B. Sc. in Biology: University of Murcia, Spain, 1984.
Research interest:

  • Taxonomy, faunistic, ecology and biogeography of aquatic coleoptera and hemiptera from Mediterranean ecosystems.
  • Conservation of insects and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Ecology of saline streams: composition and structure of macroinvertebrate communities, primary and secundary production, food webs.
  • Water beetles from coastal rockpools: metapopulation and metacommunity patterns.
  • Biotic indicators in aquatic ecosystems.
  • Alien species.
  • Environmental flows and their relation with macroinvertebrate communities.

Main research stays:

  • Postdoc grant 1991-1992 Arizona State University, Tempe (Phoenix,  E.E.U.U). Theme: “Organisms reponse to flashflood in intermitent streams of arid zones”

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Complete CV

Selected publications (Updated: 25th october 2020):

SARREMEJANE, R.; CID, N.; STUBBINGTON, R.; DATRY, T.; ALP, M.; CAÑEDO-ARGÜELLES, M.; CORDERO-RIVERA, A.; CSABAI, Z.; GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C.; HEINO, J.; FORCELLINI, M.; MILLÁN, A.;PAILLEX, A.; PAŘIL, P.; POLÁŠEK, M.; TIERNO DE FIGUEROA, JM.; USSEGLIO-POLATERA, P.; ZAMORA-MUÑOZ, C. & BONADA, N. DISPERSE – A trait database to assess the dispersal potential of aquatic macroinvertebrates. Scientific Report. In press.

VILLASTRIGO, A.; HERNANDO, C.; MILLÁN, A. & RIBERA, I. The neglected diversity of the Ochthebius fauna from Eastern Atlantic and Central and Western Mediterranean coastal rockpools (Coleoptera, Hydraenidae). Organisms Diversity & Evolution. In press.

MILLÁN A, ABELLÁN P, ARRIBAS P, PALLARÉS S, PICAZO F, VILLASTRIGO A, VELASCO J & SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ D. 2020. In Memoriam: Ignacio Ribera Galán (1963-2020). Limnetica, 39(2): I-VI.

VALLADARES, L.F. & MILLÁN, A. 2020. En recuerdo de Ignacio Ribera (1963-2020). Boletín de la Asociación española de Entomología, 44(1-2): XIII-XXXIV.

PALLARÉS, S.; MILLÁN, A.; MIRÓ, J.; VELASCO, J.; SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D.; BOTELLA, M. & ABELLÁN, P. 2020. Assessing the capacity of endemic alpine water beetles to face climate change. Insects Conservation and Diversity, 13(3): 271-282.

MABROUKI, Y; TAYBI, A F; CHAVANON, G & MILLÁN, A. 2020. The alien boatman Trichocorixa verticalis verticalis (Hemiptera: Corixidae) strongly increases its presence in Morocco. Limnetica, 39 (1): 49-59.

VELASCO, J.; GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C.; BOTELLA-CRUZ, M.; SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D. ARRIBAS, P.; CARBONELL, J.A.; MILLÁN, A. & PALLARÉS, S. 2019. Effects of salinity changes on aquatic organisms in a multiple stressor context. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Volume: 374 (1764): 20180011.

ARRIBAS, P.; GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C.; BOTELLA-CRUZ, M.; CAÑEDO-ARGÜELLES, M.; CARBONELL, J.A.; MILLÁN, A.; PALLARÉS, S.; VELASCO, J. & SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D. 2019. Insect communities in saline waters consist of realized but not fundamental niche specialists. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Volume: 374 (1764) Pages: 20180008.

GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C; SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D.; CAÑEDO-ARGUELLES, M.; MILLÁN A., VELASCO, J. ACOSTA, R.;FORTUÑO, P.; OTERO, N.; SOLER, A.; BONADA, N. 2019. Do all roads lead to Rome? Exploring community trajectories in response to anthropogenic salinization and dilution of rivers. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Volume: 374 (1764): 20180011.

GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C.; ARRIBAS, P.; NAELLI-FLORES, L.; BENNAS, N.; FINOCCHIARO, M.; MILLÁN, A. & VELASCO, J. 2019. Evaluating anthropogenic impacts on naturally stressed ecosystems: revisiting river classifications and biomonitoring metrics along salinity gradients. Science of the Total Environment. Volume: 658: 912-921.

BELMAR, O; BRUNO, D; GUARESCHI, S; MELLADO, A; MILLÁN, A & VELASCO, J. 2019. Functional responses of aquatic macroinvertebrates to flow regulation are shaped by natural flow intermittence in Mediterranean streams. Freshwater Biology, 64: 1064-1077.

VILLASTRIGO, A.; FERY, H.; MANUEL, M.; MILLÁN, A. & RIBERA, I. 2018. Evolution of salinity tolerance in the diving beetle tribe Hygrotini (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae). Zoologica Scripta.Volume: 47 Pages: 63-71.

LOBO, J.; HORTAL, J.; YELA, JL.; MILLÁN, A.; SÁNCHEZ FERNÁNDEZ, D.; GARCÍA-ROSELLÓ, E.; GONZÁLEZ-DACOSTA, J.; HEINE, J.; GONZÁLEZ-VILAS, L. & GUISANDE, C. 2018. KnowBR: An application to map the geographical variation of survey effort and identify well-surveyed areas from biodiversity databases. Ecological Indicators, 91: 241-246.

CARBONELL, JA.; VELASCO, J.; MILLÁN, A.; GREEN, A.J.; COCCIA, C.; GUARESCHI, S. & C. GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS. 2017. Biological invasion modifies de co-occurrence patterns along a stress gradient. Functional Ecology, 31:1957-1968.

PALLARÉS, S.; ARRIBAS, P.; BILTON, D.T.; MILLÁN, A.; VELASCO, J. & RIBERA, I. 2017. The chicken or the egg? Adaptation to desiccation and salinity tolerance in a lineage of water beetles. Molecular Ecology, 26(20): 5614-5628.

CARBONELL JA, BILTON DT, CALOSI P, MILLÁN A, STEWARD A & VELASCO J. 2017. Metabolic and reproductive plasticity of core and marginal populations of the eurythermic saline water bug Sigara selecta (Hemiptera: Corixidae) in a climatic change context. Journal of Insect Physiology, 98: 59-66.

CARBONELL JA, MILLÁN A, GREEN A, CÉSPEDES V, COCCIA C & VELASCO J. 2016. What traits underpin the successful establishment and spread of the invasive water bug Trichocorixa verticalis verticalis (Fieber, 1851)? Hydrobiologia, 768: 273-286.

ARRIBAS, P.; ABELLÁN, P.; VELASCO, J., MILLÁN, A. & SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D. 2016. Conservation of insects in the face of global climate change. Global Climate Change and Terrestrial Invertebrates. Págs:  348-367. S Johnson y TH Jones (Eds). Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK. ISBN13: 9781119070900.

GUARESCHI, S; ABELLÁN, P; LAINI, A; GREEN, A; SÁNCHEZ-ZAPATA, JA; VELASCO, J  & MILLÁN, A. 2015. Cross-taxon congruence in wetlands: assessing the value of waterbirds as surrogates of macroinvertebrate biodiversity in Mediterranean Ramsar sites. Ecological Indicators, 49: 204-215.

MILLÁN, A.; SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D.; ABELLÁN, P.; PICAZO, F.; CARBONELL, J.A.; LOBO, J.M. & RIBERA, I. 2014. Atlas de los coleópteros acuáticos de España peninsular. 820 págs. MAGRAMA. Madrid.

GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS C, MILLÁN A, VELASCO J, VAUGHAN IP & ORMEROD SJ. 2013. Contrasting effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors on beta-diversity in river organisms. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 22: 796-805.

MILLÁN, A; PICAZO, F.; FERY, H.; MORENO, J.L. & SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D.  2013. Stictonectes abellani sp. n. (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae: Hydroporinae) from the Iberian Peninsula, with notes on the phylogeny, ecology and distribution of the Iberian species of the genus. Zootaxa3745(5): 533-550.

ABELLÁN, P.; SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, ; PICAZO, F.; MILLÁN, A.; LOBO, J. & RIBERA, I. 2013. Preserving the evolutionary history of freshwater biota in Iberian National Parks. Biological Conservation, 162: 116-126. 

SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, ; ABELLÁN, P.; PICAZO, F.; MILLÁN, A.; RIBERA, I. & LOBO, J. 2013. Do protected areas represent species’ optimal climatic conditions? A test using Iberian water beetles.Diversity and Distribution, 19:1407-1417.

ARRIBAS, P.; ANDÚJAR, C., SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D.; ABELLÁN, P. & MILLÁN, A. 2013. Integrative taxonomy and conservation of cryptic beetles in the Mediterranean región (Hydrophilidae). Zoologica Scripta, 42(2): 182-200.

GUARESCHI S, GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS C, PICAZO F, SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ D, ABELLÁN P, VELASCO J & MILLÁN A. 2012. Aquatic macroinvertebrate biodiversity: patterns and surrogates in mountainous Spanish national parks. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 22(5): 598-615.

PICAZO, F.; BILTON, D., SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D.; MORENO, J.L. & MILLÁN, A. 2012. Water beetles biodiversity in Mediterranean standing waters: assemblages composition, enviromental drivers and nestedness patterns. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 5: 146-158. 

ARRIBAS P, VELASCO J, ABELLÁN, P, SÁNCHEZ FERNANDEZ D, ANDUJAR C, CALOSI P, MILLÁN A, RIBERA I & BILTON D. 2012. Dispersal ability rather than ecological tolerance drives differences in range size between lentic and lotic water beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). Journal of Biogeography, 39(5): 384-394.

BRUNO D, SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ D, MILLÁN A, ROS RM, SÁNCHEZ-GÓMEZ P & VELASCO J. 2012. Assessing the quality and usefulness of different taxonomic groups inventories in a semiarid Mediterranean region. Biodiversity & Conservation, 1(6): 1561- 1575.

ARRIBAS P, ABELLÁN P, VELASCO J, BILTON D, MILLÁN A, SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D. 2012. Evaluating drivers of vulnerability to climate change: a guide for insect conservation strategies. Global Change Biology, 18: 2135-2146.

BRUNO D, SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ D, CARBONELL JA, PICAZO, F, VELASCO J & MILLÁN A. 2012. Predicting aquatic beetles and bugs richness in a semi-arid Mediterranean region. Limnetica, 31(1):23-36.

SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D.; LOBO, JM.; MILLÁN, A. & RIBERA, I. 2012. Hábitat type mediates equilibrium with climatic conditions in the distribution of Iberian diving beetles. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 21(10): 988-997.

PICAZO, F.; BILTON, D., SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D.; MORENO, J.L. & MILLÁN, A. 2012. Water beetles biodiversity in Mediterranean standing waters: assemblages composition, enviromental drivers and nestedness patterns. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 5: 146-158.

PALLARÉS, S.; ARRIBAS, P.; CÉSPEDES, V.; P.; MILLÁN, A. & VELASCO, J. 2012. Lethal and sublethal behavioural responses of saline water beetles to acute heat and osmotic stress. Ecological Entomology, 37(6):508-520.

MILLÁN, A.; VELASCO, J.; GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C.; ARRIBAS, P.; PICAZO, F; SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D. & P. ABELLÁN. 2011. Mediterranean saline streams in southeast Spain: What do we know? Journal of Arid Environments, 175: 1372-1379.

PICAZO, F.; MORENO, J.L. & MILLÁN, A. 2010. The contribution of standing waters to aquatic biodiversity: the case of water beetles in southeastern Iberia. Aquatic Ecology 44: 205-216.

ABELLÁN, P., MILLÁN, A. & RIBERA, I. 2009. Parallel habitat-driven differences in the phylogeographical structure of two independent lineages of Mediterranean saline water beetles. Molecular Ecology, 18: 3885-3902.

BENNÁS, N.; SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D.; ABELLÁN, P. & MILLÁN, A. 2009.Analyse de la vulnérabilité des coléoptères aquatiques dans la rive sud méditerranéenne: cas du Rif Marocain. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, 45: 309-320.

GUTIÉRREZ-CÁNOVAS, C; VELASCO, J. & MILLÁN, A. 2009. Effects of dilution stress on the functioning of a saline Mediterranean stream. Hydrobiologia, 619: 119-132.

SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ D.; BILTON DT.;  ABELLÁN P.; RIBERA I. & MILLÁN A.  2008. Are the endemic water beetles of the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands effectively protected? Biological Conservation, 141: 1612-1627.

SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ D.; LOBO, J.; ABELLÁN, P; RIBERA I. & MILLÁN A.  2008. Bias in freshwater biodiversity sampling: the case of Iberian water beetles. Diversity and Distributions, 14: 754-762.

ABELLÁN, P.; GÓMEZ-ZURITA, J.; MILLÁN, A.; SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D.; VELASCO, J.; GALIÁN, J. & RIBERA, I. 2007. Conservation genetics in hypersaline inland waters: mitochondrial diversity and phylogeography of an endangered Iberian beetle (Coleoptera: Hydraenidae). Conservation Genetics, 8 (1): 79-88.

ABELLÁN, P.; SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D.; VELASCO, J & MILLÁN, A. 2007. Effectiveness of protected areas networks in representing freshwater biodiversity: the case of a Mediterranean river basin (SE Spain). Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 17(4): 361-374.

SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D.; P. ABELLÁN; MELLADO, A.; J. VELASCO & A. MILLÁN. 2006. Are water beetles good indicators of biodiversity in Mediterranean aquatic ecosystems? The case of the Segura river basin (SE Spain) Biodiversity and Conservation, 15 (14): 4507-4520.

MILLÁN, A.; ABELLÁN, P.; RIBERA, I.; SANCHEZ-FERNANDEZ, D. & VELASCO, J. 2006. The Hydradephaga of the Segura basin (SE Spain): twenty five years studying water beetles. Monograph on Hydroadephaga. In memoriam  of Prof. Franciscolo. Memorie della Società entomologica italiana, 85: 137-158.

VELASCO, J.; MILLÁN, A.; HERNÁNDEZ, J.; GUTIÉRREZ, C.; SÁNCHEZ, D.; ABELLÁN, P. & RUIZ, MAR. 2006. Response of biotic communities to salinity changes in a Mediterranean hypersaline stream. Saline Systems,12 (2):1-15.

ABELLÁN, P.; SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁDEZ, D.; VELASCO, J & MILLÁN, A. 2005 Assessing conservation priorities for insects: status of water beetles in southeast Spain. Biological Conservation, 121: 79-90.

ABELLAN, P.; SANCHEZ-FERNANDEZ, D.; VELASCO, J. & MILLAN, A. 2005. Conservation of freshwater biodiversity: a comparison of different area selection methods. Biodiversity and Conservation, 14: 3457-3474. PDF

BARAHONA, J.; MILLÁN, A. & VELASCO, J. 2005. Population dynamics, growth and production of Sigara selecta (Fieber, 1848) (Hemiptera, Corixidae) in a Mediterranean hypersaline stream. Freswater Biology, 50: 2101-2113. PDF

ORTEGA, M.; VELASCO, J.; MILLÁN, A.; GUERRERO, C. 2004. An ecological integrity index for littoral wetlands in agricultural catchments of mediterranean semiarid regions. Environmetal Management, 33 (3): 412-430. PDF

SÁNCHEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, D.; ABELLÁN, P.; VELASCO, J.;  MILLÁN, A. 2004. Selecting areas to protect the biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems in a semiarid Mediterranean region. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems,14: 465 –479.

VELASCO, J.; A. MILLÁN; M.L. SUÁREZ, M.R. VIDAL-ABARCA, C. GUERRERO & M. ORTEGA. 2003. Macrophyte, epipelic and epilithic primary production in a semiarid stream of the Mediterranean basin. Freshwater Biology, 48: 1408-1420.

MILLÁN, A; J. L. MORENO & J. VELASCO. 2002. Los coleópteros y heterópteros acuáticos y semiacuáticos de la provincia de Albacete. Catálogo faunístico y estudio ecológico. Instituto de Estudios Albacetenses. Albacete.

MILLÁN, A; I. RIBERA. 2001. The Agabus (Gaurodytes) brunneus Group, with Description of a New Species from the Western Mediterranean (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). Coleopterists Bulletin, 55(1): 107-112.

MILLÁN, A; AGUILERA, P. 2000. A new species of Hydraena (Coleoptera) from spring of Fuenfría (Segura basin, Spain), a site with conservation interest. Koleopterologische Rundschau, 70: 61-64.

RIBERA, I. & A. MILLÁN. 1999. Description of Ochthebius (Asiobates) irenae sp. n. (Coleoptera: Hydraenidae) from the Iberian Peninsula with Notes on its Ecology. Aquatic Insects, 21 (8): 147-152.

VELASCO, J. & A. MILLAN, 1998. Feeding habits of two large insects from a desert stream: Abedus herberti (HEMIPTERA: BELOSTOMATIDAE) and Thermonectus marmoratus (COLEOPTERA: DYTISCIDAE). Aquatic Insects 20(2): 85-96.

VELASCO, J. & A. MILLÁN. 1998. Insect dispersal in a drying desert stream: effect temperature and water loss. The Southwestern Naturalist, 43(1): 80-87.

MORENO, J.L.; A. MILLÁN, M.L. SUÁREZ, M.R. VIDAL-ABARCA & J. VELASCO. 1997. Aquatic Coleoptera and Heteroptera assemblages in waterbodies from ephemeral coastal streams (“ramblas”) of south-eastern Spain. Archiv für Hydrobiologie, 141(1): 93-107.