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Professor Robert Poulin


Phone 64-3-479-7983

Professor Robert Poulin


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


parasitism, ecology, evolution, marine ecosystems

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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

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

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

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

Herbison, R., Lagrue, C., & Poulin, R. (2018). The missing link in parasite manipulation of host behaviour. Parasites & Vectors, 11(1), 222. doi: 10.1186/s13071-018-2805-9

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