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Dr Kirsten Donald

Dr Kirsten DonaldEmail kirsten.donald@otago.ac.nz

Phone 64-3-479-5096

  • BScHons in Marine and Environmental Biology; University of St Andrews, 1992
  • PhD in Micro- and Molecular Biology; University of Warwick, 1997
    Comparative nutrition of marine phytoplankton

Research Interests

  • Biogeography and evolution of topshells
  • Biogeography and evolution of digenea
  • Interrelationships and co-evolution of host topshells and their parasitic trematodes
  • Gene expression in the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas
  • Primary production and phosphorous nutrition in marine phytoplankton

Current Postdoctoral Project

Using molecular techniques to determine whether topshells and the parasitic trematodes they harbour share a tight co-evolutionary relationship. (Marsden funding) Collaborator: Hamish Spencer

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Publications

Donald, K. M., Preston, J., Williams, S. T., Reid, D. G., Winter, D., Alvarez, R., … Spencer, H. G. (2012). Phylogenetic relationships elucidate colonization patterns in the intertidal grazers Osilinus Philippi, 1847 and Phorcus Risso, 1826 (Gastropoda: Trochidae) in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 62(1), 35-45. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.09.002

Williams, S. T., Donald, K. M., Spencer, H. G., & Nakano, T. (2010). Molecular systematics of the marine gastropod families Trochidae and Calliostomatidae (Mollusca: Superfamily Trochoidea). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 54(3), 783-809. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2009.11.008

Donald, K. M., Keeney, D. B., & Spencer, H. G. (2011). Contrasting population makeup of two intertidal gastropod species that differ in dispersal opportunities. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology, 396(2), 224-232. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2010.10.028

Donald, K. M., Sijnja, A., & Spencer, H. G. (2007). Species assignation amongst morphologically cryptic larval Digenea isolated from New Zealand topshells (Gastropoda: Trochidae). Parasitology Research, 101, 433-441.

Leung, T. L. F., Donald, K. M., Keeney, D. B., Koehler, A. V., Peoples, R. C., & Poulin, R. (2009). Trematode parasites of Otago Harbour (New Zealand) soft-sediment intertidal ecosystems: Life cycles, ecological roles and DNA barcodes. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research, 43(4), 857-865. doi: 10.1080/00288330909510044

Journal - Research Article

Donald, K. M., Preston, J., Williams, S. T., Reid, D. G., Winter, D., Alvarez, R., … Spencer, H. G. (2012). Phylogenetic relationships elucidate colonization patterns in the intertidal grazers Osilinus Philippi, 1847 and Phorcus Risso, 1826 (Gastropoda: Trochidae) in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 62(1), 35-45. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.09.002

Donald, K. M., Keeney, D. B., & Spencer, H. G. (2011). Contrasting population makeup of two intertidal gastropod species that differ in dispersal opportunities. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology, 396(2), 224-232. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2010.10.028

Williams, S. T., Donald, K. M., Spencer, H. G., & Nakano, T. (2010). Molecular systematics of the marine gastropod families Trochidae and Calliostomatidae (Mollusca: Superfamily Trochoidea). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 54(3), 783-809. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2009.11.008

Leung, T. L. F., Donald, K. M., Keeney, D. B., Koehler, A. V., Peoples, R. C., & Poulin, R. (2009). Trematode parasites of Otago Harbour (New Zealand) soft-sediment intertidal ecosystems: Life cycles, ecological roles and DNA barcodes. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research, 43(4), 857-865. doi: 10.1080/00288330909510044

Wharam, S. D., Wardill, T. J., Goddard, V., Donald, K. M., Parry, H., Pascoe, P., … Hawkins, A. J. S. (2008). A leucine aminopeptidase gene of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas exhibits an unusually high level of sequence variation, predicted to affect structure, and hence activity, of the enzyme. Journal of Shellfish Research, 27(5), 1143-1154.

Donald, K. M., Sijnja, A., & Spencer, H. G. (2007). Species assignation amongst morphologically cryptic larval Digenea isolated from New Zealand topshells (Gastropoda: Trochidae). Parasitology Research, 101, 433-441.

Donald, K. M., & Spencer, H. G. (2006). Polymorphic microsatellite DNA markers in the mudflat topshell Diloma subrostrata (Gastropoda, Trochidae). Molecular Ecology Notes, 6, 762-764.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Donald, K. M., & Spencer, H. G. (2010). The host's role in shaping parasite evolution: Comparative phylogenies of New Zealand whelk (Gastropoda: Buccinidae: Cominella) parasites. New Zealand Ecological Society Annual Conference: Biodiversity: 2010 and Beyond., (pp. 29). Retrieved from http://www.nzesconference.org.nz/programme

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