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Marta Novo Rodríguez

Marta Novo Rodríguez

Dra. Marta Novo Rodríguez
Grupo de Biología y Toxicología Ambiental
Departamento de Física Matemática y de Fluidos
Facultad de Ciencias

Paseo de la Senda del Rey 9
Madrid 28040
Tfno: +34 91 398 7644



Miembro del Grupo de Innovación para la Docencia en Diversidad Biológica (BIOINNOVA).


  • Licenciada en Ciencias Biológicas – Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Junio 2005)
    Licentiate in Biology. Complutense University (Madrid, Spain). June, 2005.
  • Doctora en Ciencias Biológicas – Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Octubre 2010)
    PhD in Biology (Evolutionary Biology). Complutense University (Madrid, Spain). October, 2010.


  • Adaptación y respuesta génica de las lombrices de tierra ante ambientes estresantes (ambientes volcánicos y toxicología)
    Adaptation and genetic response of earthworms to stressful environments (i.e. volcanic environments and toxicology)
  • Filogenia y filogeografía de anélidos
    Phylogeny and phylogeography of annelids
  • Especiación críptica
    Cryptic speciation
  • Biología reproductiva de lombrices de tierra
    Reproductive Biology of earthworms


  • Geostatistical and multivariate analysis of the horizontal distribution of an earthworm community in El Molar (Madrid, Spain). Hernández P, Fernández R, Novo M, Trigo D, Diaz Cosín DJ. Pedobiologia, 51:13-21 (2007)
  • Microsatellite markers for the drought-resistant earthworm Hormogaster elisae. Novo M, Velavan TP, Almodóvar A, Schulenburg H, Díaz Cosín DJ, Michiels NK. Mol Ecol Res 8: 901-903 (2008)
  • Is there food competition between Hormogaster elisae (Oligochaeta, Hormogastridae) and soil microarthropods at El Molar (Madrid)? Gutiérrez M, Jesús JB, Trigo D, Novo M, Díaz Cosín. DJ. Eur J Soil Biol 44: 207-212 (2008)
  • Algunos aspectos del ciclo biológico del endemismo ibérico Hormogaster elilsae Álvarez, 1977 (Oligochaeta, Hormogastridae), en cultivos de laboratorio. Díaz Cosín DJ, Hernández P, Trigo D, Fernández R, Novo M. Boletín de la Real Sociedad Española de Historia Natural (Sección Biológica) 103: 49-57 (2009)
  • High genetic divergence of Hormogastridae earthworms (Annelida, Oligochaeta) in central Iberian Peninsula. Evolutionary and demographic implications. Novo M, Almodóvar A, Díaz Cosín DJ. Zool Scr 38: 537-552 (2009)
  • Life cycle and reproduction traits of the earthworm Aporrectodea trapezoides (Dugés, 1828) in laboratory cultures. Fernández R, Novo M, Gutiérrez M, Almodóvar A, Díaz Cosín DJ. Pedobiologia 53: 295-299 (2010)
  • Cryptic speciation of hormogastrid earthworms revealed by mitochondrial and nuclear data. Novo M, Almodóvar A, Fernández R, Trigo D, Díaz Cosín DJ. Mol Phyl Evol 56: 507-512 (2010)
  • Mate choice of an endogeic earthworm revealed by microsatellite markers. Novo M, Almodóvar A, Fernández R, Gutiérrez M, Díaz Cosín DJ. Pedobiologia, 53: 375-379 (2010)
  • Relationships among spatial distribution of soil microarthropods, earthworm species and soil properties. Gutiérrez, M. Trigo D. Jesús JB, Fernández R, Novo M, Díaz Cosín DJ. Pedobiologia, 53: 381-389 (2010)
  • Understanding the biogeography of a group of earthworms in the Mediterranean basin- The phylogenetic puzzle of Hormogastridae (Clitellata: Oligochaeta). Novo M, Almodóvar A, Fernández R, Giribet G, Díaz Cosín DJ. Mol Phyl Evol 61: 125-135 (2011)
  • A vagrant clone in a peregrine species: Phylogeography, high clonal diversity and geographical distribution in the earthworm Aporrectodea trapezoides (Dugès, 1828). Fernández R, Almodóvar A, Novo M, Gutiérrez M, Díaz Cosín DJ. Soil Biol Biochem 43: 2085-2093 (2011)
  • A place for nourishment or a slaughterhouse? Elucidating the role of spermathecae in the terrestrial annelid Hormogaster elisae (Clitellata: Annelida). Novo M, Riesgo A, Roldán C, Giribet G, Díaz Cosín DJ. Zoomorphology: 131: 171-184 (2012)
  • Appearances can be deceptive: different diversification patterns within a group of Mediterranean earthworms (Oligochaeta: Hormogastridae). Novo M, Almodóvar A, Fernández R, Trigo D, Díaz Cosín DJ, Giribet G. Mol Ecol 21, 3776–3793 (2012)
  • Adding complexity to the complex: New insights into the phylogeny, diversification and origin of parthenogenesis in theAporrectodea caliginosa species complex (Oligochaeta, Lumbricidae). Fernández R, Almodóvar A, Novo M, Simancas B, Díaz Cosín DJ. Mol Phyl Evol 64 368–379 (2012)
  • Earthworms, good indicators for palaeogeographic studies? Testing the genetic structure and demographic history in the peregrine earthworm Aporrectodea trapezoides (Dugès, 1828) in southern Europe. Fernández R, Almodóvar A, Novo M,Gutiérrez M, Díaz Cosín DJ. Soil Biol Biochem 58:127-135 (2013)
  • Compilation of morphological and molecular data, a necessity for taxonomy: The case of Hormogaster abbatissae sp. n. (Annelida, Clitellata, Hormogastridae). Novo M, Férnandez R, Fernández-Marchán D, Gutiérrez M, Díaz Cosín D. Zookeys 242: 1-16 (2012)
  • Comparative description of ten transcriptomes of newly sequenced invertebrates and efficiency estimation of genomic sampling in nonmodel taxa. Riesgo A, Andrade SCS, Sharma PP, Novo M, Pérez-Porro AR, Vahtera V, González VL, Kawauchi GY, Giribet G. Frontiers in Zool 9:33 (2012)
  • Does the order of copulation matter? Experimental paternity analyses in the earthworm Hormogaster elisae (Annelida: Hormogastridae). Novo M, Fernández R, Granado-Yela C, Gutiérrez M, Díaz Cosín DJ. Pedobiologia 56: 97-104 (2013)
  • Pheromone evolution, reproductive genes, and comparative transcriptomics in Mediterranean earthworms (Annelida, Oligochaeta, Hormogastridae). Novo M, Riesgo A, Fernandez-Guerra A, Giribet G. Mol Biol Evol 30: 1614-1629 (2013)
  • Inferring the ancestral sexuality and reproductive condition in sponges (Porifera). Riesgo A, Novo M, Sharma P, Peterson P, Maldonado M, Giribet G. Zool Scr 43: 101-117 (2014)
  • Living on a volcano’s edge: Genetic isolation of an extremophile terrestrial metazoan. Cunha L, Montiel R, Novo M, Orozco-Terwengel P, Rodrigues A, Morgan AJ, Kille P. Heredity, 112: 132-142 (2014)
  • A new earthworm species within a controversial genus: Eiseniona gerardoi sp. n. (Annelida, Lumbricidae) – description based on morphological and molecular data. Díaz Cosín DJ, Novo M, Fernández R, Fernández Marchán D, Gutiérrez M. Zookeys, 399:71-87 (2014)
  • Does the invasion of exotic tree Ailanthus altissima affect the soil arthropod community? The case of a riparian forest of Henares River (Madrid). Gutierrez M, Ranera E, Novo M, Fernandez R, Trigo D. European J Soil Biol 62: 39-48 (2014)
  • New light into the hormogastrid riddle: morphological and molecular description of Hormogaster joseantonioi sp n.(Annelida:Clitellata: Hormogastridae). Fernández Marchán D, Fernández R, Novo M, Díaz Cosín DJ. Zookeys, 414: 1-17 (2014)
  • The functional ghost in the genome machine: Holistic mapping of environmentally induced changes in the epigenome of a soil sentinel. Novo M, Andre J, Cunha L, Morgan AJ, Spurgeon DJ, Kille, P. Tox Lett 229: S18 (2014)
  • Unearthing the historical biogeography of Mediterranean earthworms. Novo M, Fernández R., Fernández Marchán D, Trigo D, Díaz Cosín DJ, Giribet G. J Biogeo, 42: 751-762 (2015)
  • Predicting soil micro-variables and the distribution of an endogeic earthworm species through a model based on large-scale variables. Fernández-Marchán D, Refoyo P, Novo M, Fernández R, Trigo D, Díaz Cosín DJ. Soil Biol Biochem, 81: 124-129 (2015)
  • Multiple introductions and environmental factors affecting the establishment of invasive species on a volcanic island.Novo M, Cunha L, Maceda-Veiga A, Hodson ME, Spurgeon DJ, Bruford M, Morgan AJ, Kille P. Soil Biol Biochem 85: 89-100 (2015)
  • Articulating the “archiannelids”: A phylogenomic approach to annelid relationships with emphasis on meiofaunal taxa.Andrade S*, Novo M*, Kawauchi GY, Worsaae K, Pleijel F, Giribet G, Rouse G. Mole Biol Evol *These two authors contributed equally. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msv157 (in press)
  • Different routes, same pathways: Molecular mechanisms under silver ion and nanoparticle exposures in the soil sentinelEisenia fetida. Novo M, Lahive E, Díez Ortiz M, Matzke M, Morgan A, Spurgeon DJ, Svendsen C, Kille P. Env Poll 205: 385-393 (2015)
  • Diversification patterns in cosmopolitan earthworms: similar mode but different tempo. Fernández R, Novo M, Marchán DF, Díaz Cosín, DJ. Mol Phyl Evol doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2015.07.017 (in press)


  • Algunos aspectos de la Biología Evolutiva de Hormogastridae Michaelsen, 1900: Filogenia, Filogeografía y Selección Sexual. (Book). Novo M. Colección digital de tesis de la UCM ( ISBN: 978-84-694-0764-6. (2010)
  • Reproduction of Earthworms: Sexual Selection and Parthenogenesis. (Chapter). Diaz Cosin DJ, Novo M, Fernández R. In: Biology of Earthworms (Soil Biology Series). Ayten Karaca (ed). Springer, Heidelberg, Germany. ISBN: 978-3-642-14635-0 (2011)


  • The 8th International Symposium on Earthworm Ecology. September 2006. Kracow, Poland
  • The 15th International Colloquium on Soil Zoology. August 2008. Curitiba, Brazil
  • The 12th Congress of European Society for Evolutionary Biology. August 2009. Torino, Italia
  • The 9th international Symposium on Earthworm Ecology. Sept. 2010. Xalapa. México
  • The 2nd International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology. June 2011. Cambridge, USA
  • Primer Congreso Ibérico de Sistemática Animal. January 2012. Madrid, Spain
  • The 16th International Colloquium on Soil Zoology. August 2012. Coimbra, Portugal
  • XVII Simposio Ibérico de Estudio de Biología Marina. September 2012. San Sebastián, Spain
  • The 23rd SETAC Europe Annual Meeting. May 2013. Glasgow, UK
  • Evolution 2013. June 2013. Snowbird, Utah, USA
  • First annual International Environmental ‘Omics Synthesis conference. Sept 2013. Cardiff, UK
  • Segundo Congreso Ibérico de Sistemática Animal. September 2013. Barcelona, Spain
  • Analysis of high-throughput sequencing data (EMBO). October 2013. Hinxton, UK
  • Ninth World Sponge Conference. November 2013. Fremantle, Australia
  • SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting. November 2013. Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  • The 24th SETAC Europe Annual Meeting. May 2014. Basel, Switzerland
  • Non-coding RNAs: From discovery to function (EMBO). June 2014. Galway, Ireland
  • The 10th International Symposium on Earthworm Ecology. June 2014. Athens, USA
  • 50th Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX) Sept. 2014. Edinburgh, UK
  • Second International Environmental ‘Omics Synthesis conference. Sept. 2014. Liverpool, UK
  • Student Convention (CUROP) October 2014. Cardiff University, UK
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Radiation Toxicity at Chronic Low Dose Levels. Dec.2014. Oxford, UK
  • Evolution 2015. June 2015. Guaruja, Brazil
  • ELAETAO 5. June 2015. Curitiba, Brazil


  • 2011. Especies crípticas en lombrices endémicas de España central. Programa de Financiación de Grupos de Investigación Validados BSCH-UCM. GR35/10. PI: Darío J. Díaz Cosín.
    Cryptic speciation in earthworms endemic to central Spain (Central Hispano Bank-University Complutense).
  • 2010-2013. Biodiversidad en lombrices de tierra: variabilidad genética, filogeografía y filogenia en A. trapezoides y hormogástridos. Estudio comparado de las espermatecas. Plan Nacional de I+D+i. Programa de Biodiversidad CGL2010/16032/BOS. PI: Darío J. Díaz Cosín.
    Earthworm biodiversity: genetic variability, phylogeography and phylogeny of Aporrectodea trapezoides and hormogastrid earthworms. Comparative study of spermathecal structure (Environmental Spanish Ministry).
  • 2012-2015. Stress in a hot place: Ecogenomics and phylogeography in a pantropical sentinel inhabiting multi-stressor volcanic soils (Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK. NE/I026022/1). PI: Peter Kille.
  • 2010-2014. Nanoparticle Fate Assessment and Toxicity in the Environment (NanoFATE) (European Union FP7-NMP-ENV-2009; CP-FP-247739).PI: Claus Svedsen.
  • 2013-2015. EpiWorm—Finding the Ghost in the Genome: Assessing the contribution of epigenetics to environmental plasticity in the soil sentinel Lumbricus rubellus. (Marie Curie Actions-Intra-European FP7-IEF-GA-2012-329690). PI: Marta Novo and Peter Kille.
  • 2014. Microsatellite marker development for an invasive earthworm species adapted to volcanic soils (Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP)). PI: Marta Novo.
  • 2013-2016. Filogeografía y especiación críptica en dos grupos de invertebrados de vagilidad reducida: oligoquetos y kinorrincos. Plan Nacional de I+D+i. Programa de Biodiversidad. CGL2013-42908-P. PI: Darío J. Díaz Cosín.
    Phylogeography and cryptic speciation within two invertebrate groups with reduced vagility: oligochaeta and kinorhyncha. (Environmental Spanish Ministry CGL2013-42908-P).