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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

Poulin, R., & Jorge, F. (2018). The geography of parasite discovery across taxa and over time. Parasitology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S003118201800118X

Friesen, O. C., Poulin, R., & Lagrue, C. (2018). Parasite-mediated microhabitat segregation between congeneric hosts. Biology Letters, 14(2), 20170671. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0671

Lane, H. S., Jones, B., & Poulin, R. (2018). Comparative population genetic study of an important marine parasite from New Zealand flat oysters. Marine Biology, 165, 9. doi: 10.1007/s00227-017-3260-4

MacLeod, C., Poulin, R., & Lagrue, C. (2018). Save your host, save yourself? Caste-ratio adjustment in a parasite with division of labor and snail host survival following shell damage. Ecology & Evolution. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3782

Rosenkranz, M., Poulin, R., & Selbach, C. (2018). Behavioural impacts of trematodes on their snail host: Species-specific effects or generalised response? Ethology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/eth.12808

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Poulin, R., & Jorge, F. (2018). The geography of parasite discovery across taxa and over time. Parasitology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S003118201800118X

Rosenkranz, M., Poulin, R., & Selbach, C. (2018). Behavioural impacts of trematodes on their snail host: Species-specific effects or generalised response? Ethology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/eth.12808

MacLeod, C., Poulin, R., & Lagrue, C. (2018). Save your host, save yourself? Caste-ratio adjustment in a parasite with division of labor and snail host survival following shell damage. Ecology & Evolution. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3782

Lane, H. S., Jones, B., & Poulin, R. (2018). Comparative population genetic study of an important marine parasite from New Zealand flat oysters. Marine Biology, 165, 9. doi: 10.1007/s00227-017-3260-4

Friesen, O. C., Poulin, R., & Lagrue, C. (2018). Parasite-mediated microhabitat segregation between congeneric hosts. Biology Letters, 14(2), 20170671. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0671

Parker, A. W., Farrell, M. J., Schmidt, J. P., Huang, S., Dallas, T. A., Pappalardo, P., … Poulin, R., … Davies, T. J. (2018). Characterizing the phylogenetic specialism-generalism spectrum of mammal parasites. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285(1874), 20172613. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.2613

Lagrue, C., MacLeod, C. D., Keller, L., & Poulin, R. (2018). Caste ratio adjustments in response to perceived and realised competition in parasites with division of labour. Journal of Animal Ecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12873

Jorge, F., & Poulin, R. (2018). Poor geographical match between the distributions of host diversity and parasite discovery effort. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Series B, 285, 20180072. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0072

Pérez-Ponce de León, G., & Poulin, R. (2018). An updated look at the uneven distribution of cryptic diversity among parasitic helminths. Journal of Helminthology, 92(2), 197-202. doi: 10.1017/s0022149x17000189

McPherson, O. G., Friesen, O. C., Selbach, C., & Poulin, R. (2018). Prior infections or defence priming: What determines the risk of trematode infections in amphipod hosts? Parasitology Research, 117(6), 1915-1923. doi: 10.1007/s00436-018-5885-8

Mouritsen, K. N., Sørensen, M. M., Poulin, R., & Fredensborg, B. L. (2018). Coastal ecosystems on a tipping point: Global warming and parasitism combine to alter community structure and function. Global Change Biology, 24(9), 4340-4356. doi: 10.1111/gcb.14312

Selbach, C., & Poulin, R. (2018). Parasites in space and time: A novel method to assess and illustrate host-searching behaviour of trematode cercariae. Parasitology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S0031182018000288

Hay, E., Jorge, F., & Poulin, R. (2018). The comparative phylogeography of shore crabs and their acanthocephalan parasites. Marine Biology, 165(4), 69. doi: 10.1007/s00227-018-3326-y

Filion, A., Lagrue, C., Presswell, B., & Poulin, R. (2017). Behavioural modification of personality traits: Testing the effect of a trematode on nymphs of the red damselfly Xanthocnemis zealandica. Parasitology Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00436-017-5464-4

Poulin, R., & Pérez-Ponce de León, G. (2017). Global analysis reveals that cryptic diversity is linked with habitat but not mode of life. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 30(3), 641-649. doi: 10.1111/jeb.13034

Mockett, S., Bell, T., Poulin, R., & Jorge, F. (2017). The diversity and evolution of nematodes (Pharyngodonidae) infecting New Zealand lizards. Parasitology, 144(5), 680-691. doi: 10.1017/s0031182016002365

Jorge, F., Perera, A., Poulin, R., Roca, V., & Carretero, M. A. (2017). Getting there and around: Host range oscillations during colonisation of the Canary Islands by the parasitic nematode Spauligodon. Molecular Ecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/mec.14458

Friesen, O. C., Poulin, R., & Lagrue, C. (2017). Differential impacts of shared parasites on fitness components among competing hosts. Ecology & Evolution, 7(13), 4682-4693. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3062

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

Solórzano-García, B., Gasca-Pineda, J., Poulin, R., & Pérez-Ponce de León, G. (2017). Lack of genetic structure in pinworm populations from New World primates in forest fragments. International Journal for Parasitology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2017.06.008

Lagrue, C., Presswell, B., Dunckley, N., & Poulin, R. (2017). The invasive cestode parasite Ligula from salmonids and bullies on the South Island, New Zealand. Parasitology Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00436-017-5684-7

Blasco-Costa, I., Poulin, R., & Presswell, B. (2017). Morphological description and molecular analyses of Tylodelphys sp. (Trematoda: Diplostomidae) newly recorded from the freshwater fish Gobiomorphus cotidianus (common bully) in New Zealand. Journal of Helminthology, 91(3), 332-345. doi: 10.1017/s0022149x16000298

Lagrue, C., Rinnevalli, R., & Poulin, R. (2017). Smelling the future: Subtle life-history adjustments in response to environmental conditions and perceived transmission opportunities in a trematode. Parasitology, 144(4), 464-474. doi: 10.1017/S003118201600192X

Lehnert, K., Randhawa, H., & Poulin, R. (2017). Metazoan parasites from odontocetes off New Zealand: New records. Parasitology Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00436-017-5573-0

Tobias, Z. J. C., Jorge, F., & Poulin, R. (2017). Life at the beach: Comparative phylogeography of a sandhopper and its nematode parasite reveals extreme lack of parasite mtDNA variation. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 122(1), 113-132. doi: 10.1093/biolinnean/blx046

Cirtwill, A. R., Lagrue, C., Poulin, R., & Stouffer, D. B. (2017). Host taxonomy constrains the properties of trophic transmission routes for parasites in lake food webs. Ecology, 98(9), 2401-2412. doi: 10.1002/ecy.1927

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

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