Juan Moles

Juan Moles

Lecturer Professor

Scopus Author ID: 55918686600
Researcher ID: H-4786-2018
Knowledge area: Zoologia

Research group: GRC Sistemàtica i Evolució Zoològica (ZooSysEvo)

Contact Information
Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Facultat de Biologia, Av. Diagonal 643, 08028 Barcelona
93 402 21446
Biologia . Universitat de Barcelona . 10/08/2010 . (Diploma / Degree / Activities)
Biodiversitat . Universitat de Barcelona . 23/09/2016 . (Ph.D.)
Biodiversitat . Universitat de Barcelona . 10/10/2011 . (Official Master)
Postdoc . Harvard University . 30/12/2019 . (Specialized Training)
Postdoc . Bavarian State Collection of Zoology . 17/10/2021 . (Specialized Training)

Journal Publications

Moles, J.; Figuerola, B.; Campanyà-Llovet, N.; Monleón-Getino, T.; Taboada, S.; Avila, C. Distribution patterns in Antarctic and Subantarctic echinoderms. In Polar Biology. Volume 38. Number 6. 2014 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-014-1640-5
Moles, J.; Torrent, A.M.; Alcaraz, M.J.; Ruhí, R.; Avila, C. Anti-inflammatory activity in selected Antarctic benthic organisms. In Frontiers In Marine Science. Volume 1. 2014 . Institutional Repository
Genoveffa Nuzzo; Adele Cutignano; Juan Moles; Conxita Avila; Angelo Fontana. Exiguapyrone and exiguaone, new polypropionates from the Mediterranean cephalaspidean mollusc Haminoea exigua. In Tetrahedron Letters. Volume 57. Number 1. 2016 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tetlet.2015.11.067
Juan Moles; Laura Núñez-Pons; Sergi Taboada; Blanca Figuerola; Javier Cristobo; Conxita Avila. Anti-predatory chemical defences in Antarctic benthic fauna. In Marine Biology. Volume 162. Number 9. 2015 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-015-2714-9
Adele Cutignano; Juan Moles; Conxita Avila; Angelo Fontana. Granuloside, A Unique Linear Homosesterterpene from the Antarctic Nudibranch Charcotia granulosa. In Journal of Natural Products. Volume 78. 2015 . https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jnatprod.5b00378
Juan Moles; Heike Wägele; Adele Cutignano; Angelo Fontana; Conxita Avila. Distribution of granuloside in the Antarctic nudibranch Charcotia granulosa (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia: Charcotiidae). In Marine Biology. Volume 163. Number 3. 2016 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-016-2831-0
Moles, J.; Wägele, H.; Ballesteros, M.; Pujals, Á.; Uhl, G.; Avila, C. The end of the cold Loneliness: 3D comparison between Doto antarctica and a new sympatric species of Doto (Heterobranchia: Nudibranchia). In PLoS One. Volume 11. Number 7. 2016 . Institutional Repository
Moles J; Wägele H; Uhl G; Avila C. Bipolarity in sea slugs: a new species of Doridunculus (Mollusca: Nudibranchia: Onchidoridoidea) from Antarctica. In Organisms Diversity & Evolution. Volume 17. 2016 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s13127-016-0309-z
Moles J; Wägele H; Schrödl M; Avila C. A new Antarctic heterobranch clade is sister to all other Cephalaspidea (Mollusca: Gastropoda). In Zoologica Scripta. Volume 46. 2016 . https://doi.org/10.1111/zsc.12199
Moles, J.; Wägele, H.; Cutignano, A.; Fontana, A.; Ballesteros, M.; Avila, C. Giant embryos and hatchlings of Antarctic nudibranchs (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Heterobranchia). In Marine Biology. Volume 164. Number 5. 2017 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-017-3143-8
Moles J; Avila C; Malaquias MAE. Systematic revision of the Antarctic gastropod family Newnesiidae (Heterobranchia: Cephalaspidea) with the description of a new genus and a new abyssal species. In Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. Volume 183. 2017 . https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlx089/4735113
Figuerola B; Angulo-Preckler C; Núñez Pons L; Moles J; Sala-Comorera L; García-Aljaro C; Blanch AR; Avila C. Experimental evidence of chemical defence mechanisms in Antarctic bryozoans. In Marine Environmental Research. Volume 129. 2017 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2017.04.014
Vasiliki Koutsouveli; Sergi Taboada; Juan Moles; Javier Cristobo; Pilar Ríos; Andrea Bertran; Joan Solà; Conxita Avila; Ana Riesgo. Insights into the reproduction of some Antarctic dendroceratid, poecilosclerid, and haplosclerid demosponges. In PLoS One. Volume 13. Number 2. 2018 . Institutional Repository
Angulo-Preckler, C; Figuerola, B.; Núñez-Pons L.; Moles, J.; Martin Martin, R.; Rull Lluch, J.; Gómez Garreta, A.; Ávila, C. Macrobenthic patterns at the shallow marine waters in the caldera of the active volcano of Deception Island, Antarctica. In Continental Shelf Research. Volume 157. 2018 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2018.02.005
Moles, J.; Avila, C.; MalaquIas, M.A.E. Unmasking Antarctic cryptic lineages: novel evidence from philinoid snails (Gastropoda: Cephalaspidea). In Cladistics. Volume 35. 2019 . https://doi.org/10.1111/cla.12364
Nunez-Pons, Laura; Work, Thierry M.; Angulo-Preckler, Carlos; Moles, Juan; Avila, Conxita. Exploring the pathology of an epidermal disease affecting a circum-Antarctic sea star. In Scientific Reports. Volume 8. Number 1. 2018 . Institutional Repository
Riesgo, A.; Taboada, S.; Kenny, N.J.; Santodomingo, N.; Moles, J.; Leiva, C.; Cox, E.; Avila, C.; Cardona, L.; Maldonado, M. Recycling resources: silica of diatom frustules as a source for spicule building in Antarctic siliceous demosponges. In Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. Volume 192. 2021
Cardona, L.; Lloret-Lloret, E.; Moles, J.; Avila, C. Latitudinal changes in the trophic structe of benthic coastal food webs along the Antarctic Peninsula. In Marine Environmental Research. Volume 167. 2021 . Institutional Repository
Moles J; Mas G; Figueroa I; Fernández-Vilert R; Salvador X; Giménez J. As fast as a hare: colonization of the heterobranch Aplysia dactylomela (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Anaspidea) into the western Mediterranean Sea. In Cahiers de Biologie Marine. Volume 58. 2017
Fernández-Vilert R; Giménez J; Mas G; Figueroa I; Moles J. First records of the Red Sea alien mollusc Haminoea cyanomarginata (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia: Cephalaspidea) in the Western Mediterranean. In Journal of Natural History. Volume 52. 2018
Moles J; Riesgo A. A junior freckled nudibranch: Chromatic variability in Felimida species (Gastropoda; Chromodorididae) from the Canary Islands. In Spixiana. Volume 42. 2019
Fernández-Vilert R; Giribet G; Salvador X; Moles J. Títol: Assessing the systematics of Tylodinidae (Gastropoda, Heterobranchia, Umbraculida) in the Mediterranean Sea and Eastern Atlantic Ocean: resurrecting Tylodina rafinesquii Philippi, 1836. In Journal of Molluscan Studies. Volume 87. 2021
Moles J, Giribet G. A polyvalent and universal tool for genomic studies in gastropod molluscs (Heterobranchia). In Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Volume 155. 2021
Rossi, M.E.; Avila, C.; Moles, J. Orange is the new white: taxonomic revision of Tritonia species (Gastropoda: Nudibranchia) from the Weddell Sea and Bouvet Island. In Polar Biology. Volume 44. 2021
Moles, J.; Derkarabetian, S.; Schiaparelli, S.; Schrödl, M.; Troncoso, J.S.; Wilson, N.G.; Giribet, G. An approach using ddRADseq and machine learning for understanding speciation in Antarctic Antarctophilinidae gastropods. In Scientific Reports. Volume 11. 2021 . Institutional Repository
Moles, J.; Cunha, T.J.; Lemer, S.; Combosch, D.J.; Giribet, G. Tightening the girdle: phylotranscriptomics of Polyplacophora. In Journal of Molluscan Studies. Volume 87. 2021 . https://doi.org/10.1093/mollus/eyab019
Moles, J.; Berning, M.I.; Hooker, Y.; Padula, V.; Wilson, N.G.; Schrödl, M. Due South: The evolutionary history of Sub-Antarctic and Antarctic Tritoniidae nudibranchs. In Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Volume 162. 2021 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2021.107209
Salvador, X.; Fernández-Vilert, R.; Moles, J. Sea slug night fever: 39 new records of elusive heterobranchs in the western Mediterranean (Mollusca: Gastropoda). In Journal of Natural History. Volume 56. Number 5-8. 2022 . Institutional Repository
Cunha, T.J.; Fernández-Simón, J.; Petrula, M.; Giribet, G.; Moles, J. Photographic checklist, DNA barcoding, and new species of sea slugs and snails from the Faafu Atoll, Maldives (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia and Vetigastropoda). In Diversity. Volume 15. 2023
Barcoding the diversity of neglected meiofaunal molluscs in the Western Mediterranean (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia). Fernández-Simón, J.; Salvador, X.; Moles, J. In Spixiana. Volume 30A. 2022
Shining disco: shedding light into the systematics of the family Discodorididae (Gastropoda: Nudibranchia). Fernández-Vilert, R.; Arnedo, M.A.; Salvador, X.; Schrödl, M.; Moles, J. In Spixiana. Volume 30A. 2022
A thousand species, "all"-family phylogeny of the largest gastropod subclass (Heterobranchia). Moles, J. In Spixiana. Volume 30A. 2022
Diversity and comparative taxonomy of Antarctophilinidae gastropods (Heterobranchia: Cephalaspidea). Peralta-Serrano, M.; Schrödl, M.; Wilson, N.; Moles, J. In Spixiana. Volume 30A. 2022
Between sea angels and butterflies: a comprehensive phylogeny of pteropod molluscs. Vidal-Miralles, J.A.; Kohnert, P.C.; Salvador, X.; Schrödl, M.; Moles, J. In Spixiana. Volume 30A. 2022

Currricul@'s texts

. Despite being in an early stage of my scientific career (seven years of experience), I have already published 33 articles on ecology, diversity and systematics of molluscs. I am the lead or senior and corresponding author of 28 of these. My articles received a total of 397 citations (h-index 14). I am the senior author of a landmark book chapter on the chemical ecology of opisthobranchs. I have contributed to 57 international conferences. I have served as a reviewer for 21 international indexed journals. I have participated in four national and international projects. I have been in three Antarctic campaigns (up to 8 months in total), being the logistics technician for two of them. I have been involved in other sampling campaigns in Norway, Panama, the Maldives and the Mediterranean largely funded by my competitive projects. I was awarded four competitive grants and projects funded by conducting research stays at four international institutions during my PhD. This has allowed me to build a fruitful network of collaborations with experienced international researchers. In addition, I have been a passionate teacher, having participated in courses and being a mentor to a multitude of undergraduate, master's and doctoral students, and I also participate in outreach activities. During my two years as a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard I have managed to specialize in phylogenomic techniques for the study of invertebrate evolutionary biology. Of this fruit there are several studies already published, sent or in the process of analysis and writing in journals with a high impact index. I have had the enormous opportunity and responsibility of being able to teach invertebrate biology degree courses at Harvard, learning from exceptional professors. During my last two years as a postdoc at the state museum of zoology in Munich and at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Germany, I have applied my knowledge and techniques developed at Harvard and during my thesis and opening doors to new collaborations with international professors and researchers. During this period, I participated as the organizing committee of the 2022 world malacology congress that was held in Munich, Germany, and in which I gave a talk as an invited researcher and five of my current master's students gave talks about their respective projects. Currently, since October 2021, I am a lecturer at the University of Barcelona and I obtained a National Plan as principal investigator to continue developing my lines of research in collaboration with national researchers

Techniques or specialities you are trainned in

Morpho-anatomical assessment of molluscs .
  • Histología
  • Disección
  • Microscopi electrònic
  • Tomografía computarizada
Systematics and phylogeny .
  • Filogenia molecular
  • Sanger sequencing
  • Delimitación de especies
Phylogenomics of invertebrate taxa .
  • Next generation sequencing
  • transcriptomics
  • conserved elements (UCEs)
  • Double digestion restriction site associated DNA sequencing (ddRADseq)

Conference Assistance

Avila, C.; Rossi, M.E.; Malaquias, M.A.E.; Moles, J. Diving into the challenging taxonomy and systematics of Antarctic heterobranchs. International Heterobranch Workshop. Freemantle. AUSTRALIA. 2018
Rossi, M.E.; Avila, C.; Moles, J. Systematic revision of Antarctic Tritonia species (Gastropoda: Nudibranchia).2018. XXXVII Annual Meeting of the Willi Henning Society. Barcelona. SPAIN. 2018
Avila, C.; Moles, J.; Malaquías, M.A.E. Diving in the cold South: The challenging biology and ecology of Antarctic heterobranchs. World Congress of Malacology. Asilomar, Califòrnia. UNITED STATES. 2019
Moles, J. High throughput molecular techniques for studying the animal tree of life: an example from molluscs. Phylogenetics Systematics and Evolution Research Group. Bergen. NORWAY. 2019
Moles, J. Ecology, systematics, and diversity of opisthobranch sea slugs and snails (Heterobranchia). Boston Malacological Club. Cambridge, MA. UNITED STATES. 2019
Moles J; Derkarabetian S; Schiaparelli S; Schrödl M; Troncoso JS; Wilson NG; Giribet G. Drifting along depths: contrasting patterns of speciation in Antarctic mollusc counterparts. World Congress of Malacology 2019. UNITED STATES. 2019
Schächinger, P.; Schrödl, M.; Wilson, N.G.; Moles, J. Crossing the Polar front - Antarctic species discovery in the nudibranch genus Tritoniella (Gastropoda). Young Systematists' Forum. UNITED KINGDOM. 2020
Fernández-Vilert, R.; Salvador, X.; Moles, J. Opisthobranch (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia) monitoring and citizen science in the NE coast of Spain, Mediterranean Sea. Molluscan Forum 2020. UNITED KINGDOM. 2020


Grup de Recerca en Biologia i Ecologia Bentòniques . 2014 - 2017 . Ref.2014SGR336 . Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) . PI: Javier Romero Martinengo
Diversity and Structure of benthic ANTarctic COMmunities . 2014 - 2014 . Universitat de Barcelona . PI: Concepcion Avila Escartin
ACTIQUIM-II: Actividad ecológica de productos naturales marinos del bentos antártico: ecología química in situ, potencial farmacológico y alteraciones causadas por la actividad humana . 2011 - 2014 . Ref.CTM2010-17415/ANT . Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN) . PI: Conxita Avila
PHARMADEEP: Pharmacological prospects in the deep sea . 2015 - 2016 . Ref.EUROFLEETS2 . Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN) . PI: Alan Jamieson
Description of two new Antarctic nudibranchs by micro-CT . 2015 - 2015 . The Systematics Association . PI: Juan Moles
DISTANTCOM: Diversity and structure of benthic Antarctic communities . 2014 - 2017 . Ref.CTM2013-42667/ANT . Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN) . PI: Conxita Avila
BLUEBIO: Bioactive marine natural products in our environmentally changing planet . 2017 - 2019 . Ref.CTM2013-42667/ANT . Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN) . PI: Conxita Avila
Assessing the phylogenetics and systematics of the nudibranch mollusc family Dotidae (Gastropoda,Heterobranchia) in the Mediterranean . 2018 - 2019 . Ref.ECRG-22032018 . Malacological Society of London (MSL) . PI: Juan Moles Sanchez
Putnam Expedition Grant . 2019 - 2019 . Ref.PUTNAM-17/10/2018 . Harvard University . PI: Juan Moles Sanchez
Humboldt Research Fellowship . 2019 - 2021 . Ref.3.3-ESP-1195812-HFST-P . Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung . PI: Juan Moles Sanchez

Thesis, minor thesis and research reports

Dennis Murillo (2017) Taxonomía y biodiversidad de holoturias antárticas. Grau de Biologia (Degree work)
Peter Schächinger (2021) Morpho-anatomical characterization of Tritoniella species in the Southern Ocean (Master's Thesis)
Fernández Vilert, R (2021) Shining disco: shedding light into the phylogeny of the family Discodorididae (Gastropoda: Nudibranchia) (Master's Thesis)
Maria Eleonora Rossi (2018) Orange is the new white: genetic diversity in Tritonia species from the Southern Ocean (Gastropoda: Nudibranchia) (Master's Thesis)
Marc Peralta (2020) Taxonomy of Antarctophiline gastropod molluscs from Antarctica (Degree work)
Macy Petrula (2019) Barcoding heterobranch sea slugs and snails from the Maldives (Degree work)
Robert Fernández-Vilert (2019) Diversity and systematics of heterobranchs in the Mediterranean Sea: case study of Tylodinidae (Degree work)
Eli Martin (2019) Diversity and systematics of Dotidae heterobranchs in the Mediterranean Sea (Degree work)

Teaching imparted

Malacology (Bachelor's degree) - BSc Biology - Ludwig Maximilians Universität.
Pràctiques de Mar (University Master's Degree) - Ciencias del Mar: Oceanografía y Gestión del Medio Marino - Universidad de Barcelona.
Invertebrate Zoology (Bachelor's degree) - BSc Biology - Harvard University Extension School.
Biodiversitat Animal Marina (University Master's Degree) - Ciencias del Mar: Oceanografía y Gestión del Medio Marino - Universidad de Barcelona.
Biology and Evolution of Invertebrate Animals (Bachelor's degree) - BSc Biology - Universitat de Harvard.
Biologia II (Bachelor's degree) - Ciències del Mar - Universidad de Barcelona.
Pràcticum de Biodiversitat Marina (University Master's Degree) - Biodiversidad - Universidad de Barcelona.
Zoologia Marina (Bachelor's degree) - Ciències del Mar - Universidad de Barcelona.
Zoologia (Bachelor's degree) - Biología - Universidad de Barcelona.
Biologia d'Invertebrats Marins (Bachelor's degree) - Biología - Universidad de Barcelona.
Biologia (Bachelor's degree) - Bioquímica - Universidad de Barcelona.
Biologia Animal Aplicada (Bachelor's degree) - Ciencias Ambientales - Universidad de Barcelona.
Zoologia (Bachelor's degree) - Biología - Universidad de Barcelona.
Biologia (Bachelor's degree) - Bioquímica - Universidad de Barcelona.
Biologia d'Invertebrats Marins (Bachelor's degree) - Biología - Universidad de Barcelona.
Impacte Antropogènic en el Medi Marí (Bachelor's degree) - Ciències del Mar - Universidad de Barcelona.
Oceans Polars (University Master's Degree) - Ciencias del Mar: Oceanografía y Gestión del Medio Marino - Universidad de Barcelona.
Pràcticum de Biodiversitat Marina (University Master's Degree) - Biodiversidad - Universidad de Barcelona.

Stays abroad in Research Centers

Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry (ICB-CNR). Pozzuoli, Naples. ITALY. 2013 (4 Months) . Chemical ecology of Antarctic nudibranch molluscs . Pre-Doctoral
Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig. Bonn. GERMANY. 2014 (4 Months) . Taxonomy, systematics, and histology of Antarctic Heterobranchia . Pre-Doctoral
General and Systematic Zoology, Zoological Institute and Museum, University of Greifswald. Greifswald. GERMANY. 2015 (2 Months) . Description of two new Antarctic nudibranchs by micro-CT . Pre-Doctoral
Department of Natural History, University Museum of Bergen. Bergen. NORWAY. 2016 (3 Months) . Systematics and taxonomy of Antarctic Cephalaspidean molluscs . Postdoctoral
Faculty of Art and Sciences, Dept. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Havrad University. Cambridge. UNITED STATES. 2019 (2 Years) . Mollusc phylogenomics, Sanger sequencing, ddRADseq, and target enrichment of ultra-conserved elements . Postdoctoral
Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, Ludwig Maximilians University. Munich. GERMANY. 2021 (2 Years) . Phylogenomics, systematics and taxonomy of Heterobranchia . Postdoctoral

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