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Professor Robert Poulin

Email robert.poulin@otago.ac.nz

Phone 64-3-479-7983

Professor Robert Poulin

Teaching

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary ecology of parasites
  • Effect of parasites on communities and ecosystems
  • Manipulation of host phenotype by parasites

  Ant parasitology research

Please visit the Parasitology Research Group site

Current / Potential Postgraduate Projects

Thaumamermis zealandica in its amphipod host

  • Parasitism of molluscs and community structure in marine intertidal ecosystems.
  • Impact of parasitism on coastal crustacean species.
  • Evolution of abbreviated life cycles in parasitic trematodes.
  • Manipulation of invertebrate behaviour by parasites, including the physiological mechanisms involved.
  • Molecular genetics of helminth parasite

Keywords

parasitism, ecology, evolution, marine ecosystems

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Publications

Pérez-Ponce de León, G., & Poulin, R. (2017). An updated look at the uneven distribution of cryptic diversity among parasitic helminths. Journal of Helminthology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/s0022149x17000189

Cohen, J. E., Poulin, R., & Lagrue, C. (2017). Linking parasite populations in hosts to parasite populations in space through Taylor's law and the negative binomial distribution. PNAS, 114(1), E47-E56. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1618803114

Krkosek, M., & Poulin, R. (2016). Infectious disease and the conservation of freshwater fish. In G. P. Closs, M. Krkosek & J. D. Olden (Eds.), Conservation of freshwater fishes. (pp. 215-237). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

MacLeod, C. D., & Poulin, R. (2016). Parasitic infection alters the physiological response of a marine gastropod to ocean acidification. Parasitology, 143(11), 1397-1408. doi: 10.1017/s0031182016000913

Maure, F., & Poulin, R. (2016). Inequalities in body size among mermithid nematodes parasitizing earwigs. Parasitology Research, 115(12), 4471-4475. doi: 10.1007/s00436-016-5233-9

Authored Book - Research

Poulin, R. (2007). Evolutionary ecology of parasites (2nd ed.). Princeton University Press, 342p.

Poulin, R., & Morand, S. (2004). Parasite biodiversity. Washington: Smithsonian Books, 216p.

Poulin, R. (1998). Evolutionary ecology of parasites: from individuals to communities. London: Chapman and Hall, 212p.

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Edited Book - Research

Morand, S., Krasnov, B. R., & Poulin, R. (Eds.). (2006). Micromammals and macroparasites: From evolutionary ecology to management. Tokyo, Japan: Springer, 647p.

Poulin, R. (Ed.). (2002). Parasitology - Parasites in Marine Systems (Supplement, No. 124, Parasitology). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 207p.

Poulin, R., Morand, S., & Skorping, A. (Eds.). (2000). Evolutionary Biology of Host-Parasite Relationships: Theory meets Reality. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 250p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Krkosek, M., & Poulin, R. (2016). Infectious disease and the conservation of freshwater fish. In G. P. Closs, M. Krkosek & J. D. Olden (Eds.), Conservation of freshwater fishes. (pp. 215-237). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Poulin, R., & Krasnov, B. R. (2010). Similarity and variability of parasite assemblages across geographical space. In S. Morand & B. R. Krasnov (Eds.), The biogeography of host-parasite interactions. (pp. 115-127). Oxford University Press.

Bordes, F., Morand, S., Krasnov, B. R., & Poulin, R. (2010). Parasite diversity and latitudinal gradients in terrestrial mammals. In S. Morand & B. R. Krasnov (Eds.), The biogeography of host-parasite interactions. (pp. 89-98). Oxford University Press.

Krasnov, B. R., & Poulin, R. (2010). Ecological properties of a parasite: Species-specific stability and geographical variation. In S. Morand & B. R. Krasnov (Eds.), The biogeography of host-parasite interactions. (pp. 99-113). Oxford University Press.

Poulin, R. (2010). Parasite manipulation of host behavior: An update and frequently asked questions. In H. J. Brockmann, T. J. Roper, M. Naguib, K. E. Wynne-Edwards, J. C. Mitani & L. W. Simmons (Eds.), Advances in the Study of Behavior (Vol. 41). (pp. 151-186). London: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/S0065-3454(10)41005-0

Lebarbenchon, C., Poulin, R., & Thomas, F. (2009). Parasitism, biodiversity, and conservation biology. In F. Thomas, J.-F. Guégan & F. Renaud (Eds.), Ecology and evolution of parasitism. (pp. 149-160). Oxford University Press.

Johns, P., Newman, L. J., Hollemann, J. J., Dawson, E. W., Sterrer, W., Allison, F. R., … Poulin, R. (2009). Phylum Platyhelminthes: Flatworms, tapeworms, flukes. In D. P. Gordon (Ed.), New Zealand inventory of biodiversity (Vol. 1) Kingdom Animalia: Radiata, Lophotrochozoa, Deuterostomia. (pp. 102-128). Christchurch, New Zealand: Canterbury University Press.

Krasnov, B. R., Poulin, R., & Morand, S. (2006). Patterns of macroparasite diversity in small mammals. In S. Morand, B. R. Krasnov & R. Poulin (Eds.), Micromammals and macroparasites: From evolutionary ecology to management. (pp. 197-232). Tokyo, Japan: Springer.

Tompkins, D. M., & Poulin, R. (2006). Parasites and biological invasions. In R. B. Allen & W. G. Lee (Eds.), Biological invasions in New Zealand: Ecological studies 186. (pp. 67-84). Berlin, Germany: Springer.

Poulin, R., Krasnov, B. R., & Morand, S. (2006). Patterns of host specificity in parasites exploiting small mammals. In S. Morand, B. R. Krasnov & R. Poulin (Eds.), Micromammals and macroparasites: From evolutionary ecology to management. (pp. 233-256). Tokyo, Japan: Springer.

Guégan, J.-F., Morand, S., & Poulin, R. (2005). Are there general laws in parasite community ecology? The emergence of spatial parasitology and epidemiology. In F. Thomas, F. Renaud & J.-F. Guégan (Eds.), Parasitism and Ecosystems. (pp. 22-42). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Poulin, R. (2003). Helminth life cycles: Evolutionary increases and decreases in complexity (Vol. 2). In C. Combes & J. Jourdane (Eds.), Taxonomy, ecology and evolution of metazoan parasites. (pp. 167-183). France: Presses Universitaires de Perpignan.

Barber, I., & Poulin, R. (2002). Interactions between fish, parasites and disease. In P. J. B. Hart & J. D. Reynolds (Eds.), Handbook of Fish Biology and Fisheries. (pp. 359-389). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.

Poulin, R. (2002). Parasite manipulation of host behaviour. In E. E. Lewis, J. F. Campbell & M. V. K. Sukhdeo (Eds.), The behavioural ecology of parasites. (pp. 243-257). Wallingford, UK: CABI Publishing.

Wharton, D. A., Poulin, R., & Tyrrell, C. L. (2001). Parasites of Anostostomatid insects. In L. H. Field (Ed.), The Biology of Wetas, King Crickets and their Allies. (pp. 259-267). Wallingford & New York: CABI Publishing.

Lafferty, K. D., Thomas, F., & Poulin, R. (2000). Evolution of host phenotype manipulation by parasites and its consequences. In R. Poulin, S. Morand & A. Skorping (Eds.), Evolutionary Biology of Host-Parasite Relationships: Theory Meets Reality. (pp. 117-127). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

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Journal - Research Article

Pérez-Ponce de León, G., & Poulin, R. (2017). An updated look at the uneven distribution of cryptic diversity among parasitic helminths. Journal of Helminthology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/s0022149x17000189

Cohen, J. E., Poulin, R., & Lagrue, C. (2017). Linking parasite populations in hosts to parasite populations in space through Taylor's law and the negative binomial distribution. PNAS, 114(1), E47-E56. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1618803114

MacLeod, C. D., & Poulin, R. (2016). Parasitic infection alters the physiological response of a marine gastropod to ocean acidification. Parasitology, 143(11), 1397-1408. doi: 10.1017/s0031182016000913

Maure, F., & Poulin, R. (2016). Inequalities in body size among mermithid nematodes parasitizing earwigs. Parasitology Research, 115(12), 4471-4475. doi: 10.1007/s00436-016-5233-9

Ujvari, B., Beckmann, C., Biro, P. A., Arnal, A., Tasiemski, A., Massol, F., … Poulin, R., & Thomas, F. (2016). Cancer and life-history traits: Lessons from host—parasite interactions. Parasitology, 143(5), 533-541. doi: 10.1017/S0031182016000147

Pérez-Ponce de-León, G., & Poulin, R. (2016). Taxonomic distribution of cryptic diversity among metazoans: Not so homogeneous after all. Biology Letters, 12(8), 20160371. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0371

Lawrence, S. A., & Poulin, R. (2016). Detection of the bacterial endosymbiont Neorickettsia in a New Zealand digenean. Parasitology Research, 115(11), 4275-4279. doi: 10.1007/s00436-016-5208-x

Lagrue, C., Joannes, A., Poulin, R., & Blasco-Costa, I. (2016). Genetic structure and host–parasite co-divergence: Evidence for trait-specific local adaptation. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 118, 344-358. doi: 10.1111/bij.12722

Guilloteau, P., Poulin, R., & MacLeod, C. D. (2016). Impacts of ocean acidification on multiplication and caste organisation of parasitic trematodes in their gastropod host. Marine Biology, 163(5), 96. doi: 10.1007/s00227-016-2871-5

Poulin, R., Besson, A. A., Morin, M. B., & Randhawa, H. S. (2016). Missing links: Testing the completeness of host-parasite checklists. Parasitology, 143(1), 114-122. doi: 10.1017/S0031182015001559

Cirtwell, A. R., Stouffer, D. B., Poulin, R., & Lagrue, C. (2016). Are parasite richness and abundance linked to prey species richness and individual feeding preferences in fish hosts? Parasitology, 143(1), 75-86. doi: 10.1017/S003118201500150X

Poulin, R., Blasco-Costa, I., & Randhawa, H. S. (2016). Integrating parasitology and marine ecology: Seven challenges towards greater synergy. Journal of Sea Research, 113, 3-10. doi: 10.1016/j.seares.2014.10.019

Stephens, P. R., Altizer, S., Smith, K. F., Alonso Aguirre, A., Brown, J. H., Budischak, S. A., … Poulin, R. (2016). The macroecology of infectious diseases: A new perspective on global-scale drivers of pathogen distributions and impacts. Ecology Letters, 19(9), 1159-1171. doi: 10.1111/ele.12644

Lagrue, C., Heaphy, K., Presswell, B., & Poulin, R. (2016). Strong association between parasitism and phenotypic variation in a supralittoral amphipod. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 553, 111-123. doi: 10.3354/meps11752

Born Torrijos, A., Poulin, R., Pérez-del-Olmo, A., Culurgioni, J., Raga, J. A., & Holzer, A. S. (2016). An optimised multi-host trematode life cycle: Fishery discards enhance trophic parasite transmission to scavenging birds. International Journal for Parasitology, 46(11), 745-753. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2016.06.005

Stumbo, A. D., & Poulin, R. (2016). Possible mechanism of host manipulation resulting from a diel behaviour pattern of eye-dwelling parasites? Parasitology, 143(10), 1261-1267. doi: 10.1017/S0031182016000810

Maceda-Veiga, A., Green, A. J., Poulin, R., & Lagrue, C. (2016). Body condition peaks at intermediate parasite loads in the common bully Gobiomorphus cotidianus. PLoS ONE, 11(12), e0168992. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0168992

Poulin, R., & Pérez-Ponce de León, G. (2016). Global analysis reveals that cryptic diversity is linked with habitat but not mode of life. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jeb.13034

Blasco-Costa, I., Poulin, R., & Presswell, B. (2016). Species of Apatemon Szidat, 1928 and Australapatemon Sudarikov, 1959 (Trematoda: Strigeidae) from New Zealand: Linking and characterising life cycle stages with morphology and molecules. Parasitology Research, 115, 271-289. doi: 10.1007/s00436-015-4744-0

O'Connell-Milne, S. A., Poulin, R., Savage, C., & Rayment, W. (2016). Reduced growth, body condition and foot length of the bivalve Austrovenus stutchburyi in response to parasite infection. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology, 474, 23-28. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2015.09.012

Niebuhr, C. N., Poulin, R., & Tompkins, D. M. (2016). Is avian malaria playing a role in native bird declines in New Zealand? Testing hypotheses along an elevational gradient. PLoS ONE, 11(11), e0165918. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0165918

Lagrue, C., Rinnevalli, R., & Poulin, R. (2016). Smelling the future: Subtle life-history adjustments in response to environmental conditions and perceived transmission opportunities in a trematode. Parasitology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S003118201600192X

Lagrue, C., & Poulin, R. (2016). The scaling of parasite biomass with host biomass in lake ecosystems: Are parasites limited by host resources? Ecography, 39(6), 507-514. doi: 10.1111/ecog.01720

Pérez-Ponce de-León, G., García-Varela, M., Pinacho-Pinacho, C. D., Sereno-Uribe, A. L., & Poulin, R. (2016). Species delimitation in trematodes using DNA sequences: Middle-American Clinostomum as a case study. Parasitology, 143(13), 1773-1789. doi: 10.1017/S0031182016001517

Harland, H., MacLeod, C. D., & Poulin, R. (2016). Lack of genetic variation in the response of a trematode parasite to ocean acidification. Marine Biology, 163(1), 1. doi: 10.1007/s00227-015-2782-x

Poulin, R. (2016). Greater diversification of freshwater than marine parasites of fish. International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs & Drug Resistance, 46(4), 275-279. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2015.12.002

Tissot, T., Arnal, A., Jacqueline, C., Poulin, R., Lefèvre, T., Mery, F., … Thomas, F. (2016). Host manipulation by cancer cells: Expectations, facts, and therapeutic implications. BioEssays, 38, 276-285. doi: 10.1002/bies.201500163

MacLeod, C. D., & Poulin, R. (2016). Parasitic infection: A buffer against ocean acidification? Biology Letters, 12(5), 20160007. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0007

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