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Professor Robert Poulin

Robert Poulin

Tel +64 3 479 7983
Email robert.poulin@otago.ac.nz

Teaching

Research interests

Ant affected by a parasite 186
Parasitic incursion on an ant.

Professor Poulin's research interests extend across parasitism, ecology, evolution and marine ecosystems:

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

Learn more about this research:
Evolutionary and Ecological Parasitology research group website

Robert is also a member of the Coastal People: Southern Skies collaboration that connects communities with world-leading, cross-discipline research to rebuild coastal ecosystems.
Coastal People: Southern Skies

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Postgraduate projects

Thaumamermis zealandica in its amphipod host 186
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

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Publications

da Silva, G. G., & Poulin, R. (2021). Do latitudinal and bioclimatic gradients drive parasitism in Odonata? International Journal for Parasitology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2020.11.008

Poulin, R., Bennett, J., Filion, A., Bhattarai, U. R., Chai, X., de Angeli Dutra, D., Donlon, E., Doherty, J.-F., Jorge, F., Milotic, M., Park, E., Sabadel, A., & Thomas, L. J. (2021). iParasitology: Mining the internet to test parasitological hypotheses. Trends in Parasitology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.pt.2021.01.003

Paterson, R. A., Viozzi, G. P., Rauque, C. A., Flores, V. R., & Poulin, R. (2021). A global assessment of parasite diversity in galaxiid fishes. Diversity, 13, 27. doi: 10.3390/d13010027

Park, E., & Poulin, R. (2021). Revisiting the phylogeny of microsporidia. International Journal for Parasitology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2021.02.005

Poulin, R., & de Angeli Dutra, D. (2021). Animal migrations and parasitism: reciprocal effects within a unified framework. Biological Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/brv.12704

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

da Silva, G. G., & Poulin, R. (2021). Do latitudinal and bioclimatic gradients drive parasitism in Odonata? International Journal for Parasitology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2020.11.008

Poulin, R., & de Angeli Dutra, D. (2021). Animal migrations and parasitism: reciprocal effects within a unified framework. Biological Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/brv.12704

Park, E., & Poulin, R. (2021). Revisiting the phylogeny of microsporidia. International Journal for Parasitology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2021.02.005

Paterson, R. A., Viozzi, G. P., Rauque, C. A., Flores, V. R., & Poulin, R. (2021). A global assessment of parasite diversity in galaxiid fishes. Diversity, 13, 27. doi: 10.3390/d13010027

Poulin, R., Bennett, J., Filion, A., Bhattarai, U. R., Chai, X., de Angeli Dutra, D., Donlon, E., Doherty, J.-F., Jorge, F., Milotic, M., Park, E., Sabadel, A., & Thomas, L. J. (2021). iParasitology: Mining the internet to test parasitological hypotheses. Trends in Parasitology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.pt.2021.01.003

de Angeli Dutra, D., Fecchio, A., Martins Braga, E., & Poulin, R. (2021). Migratory birds have higher prevalence and richness of avian haemosporidian parasites than residents. International Journal for Parasitology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2021.03.001

Park, E., Jorge, F., & Poulin, R. (2020). Shared geographic histories and dispersal contribute to congruent phylogenies between amphipods and their microsporidian parasites at regional and global scales. Molecular Ecology, 29, 3330-3345. doi: 10.1111/mec.15562

Jorge, F., Dheilly, N. M., & Poulin, R. (2020). Persistence of a core microbiome through the ontogeny of a multi-host parasite. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11, 954. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.00954

Poulin, R. (2020). Meta-analysis of seasonal dynamics of parasite infections in aquatic ecosystems. International Journal for Parasitology, 50, 501-510. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2020.03.006

Mestre, A., Poulin, R., & Hortal, J. (2020). A niche perspective on the range expansion of symbionts. Biological Reviews, 95, 491-516. doi: 10.1111/brv.12574

Berkhout, B. W., Borregaard, M. K., Brandl, R., Brändle, M., Dehling, D. M., Hof, C., Poulin, R., & Thieltges, D. W. (2020). Host assemblage and environment shape β‐diversity of freshwater parasites across diverse taxa at a continental scale. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 29, 38-49. doi: 10.1111/geb.13005

Ruehle, B. P., & Poulin, R. (2020). Potential multidimensional behavioural impacts of differential infection in two fish populations. Behaviour, 157(10/11), 901-922. doi: 10.1163/1568539X-bja10029

Eriksson, A., Doherty, J.-F., Fischer, E., Graciolli, G., & Poulin, R. (2020). Hosts and environment overshadow spatial distance as drivers of bat fly species composition in the Neotropics. Journal of Biogeography, 47, 736-747. doi: 10.1111/jbi.13757

Martins, P. M., Poulin, R., & Gonçalves‐Souza, T. (2020). Integrating climate and host richness as drivers of global parasite diversity. Global Ecology & Biogeography. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/geb.13213

Hay, E. M., Poulin, R., & Jorge, F. (2020). Macroevolutionary dynamics of parasite diversification: a reality check. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jeb.13714

Friesen, O. C., Goellner, S., Poulin, R., & Lagrue, C. (2020). Parasites shape community structure and dynamics in freshwater crustaceans. Parasitology, 147, 182-193. doi: 10.1017/s0031182019001483

Randhawa, H. S., & Poulin, R. (2020). Tapeworm discovery in elasmobranch fishes: Quantifying patterns and identifying their correlates. Marine & Freshwater Research, 71, 78-88. doi: 10.1071/MF18418

Stumbo, A., Poulin, R., & Ruehle, B. (2020). Altered neuronal activity in the visual processing region of eye-fluke infected fish. Parasitology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/s0031182020001948

Park, E., & Poulin, R. (2020). Widespread Torix Rickettsia in New Zealand amphipods and the use of blocking primers to rescue host COI sequences. Scientific Reports, 10, 16842. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-73986-1

Selbach, C., & Poulin, R. (2020). Some like it hotter: Trematode transmission under changing temperature conditions. Oecologia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00442-020-04800-y

Giari, L., Ruehle, B., Fano, E. A., Castaldelli, G., & Poulin, R. (2020). Temporal dynamics of species associations in the parasite community of European eels, Anguilla anguilla, from a coastal lagoon. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites & Wildlife, 12, 67-75. doi: 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2020.05.001

Ruehle, B., & Poulin, R. (2020). Risky business: Influence of eye flukes on use of risky microhabitats and conspicuousness of a fish host. Parasitology Research, 119, 423-430. doi: 10.1007/s00436-019-06589-z

Filion, A., Eriksson, A., Jorge, F., Niebuhr, C. N., & Poulin, R. (2020). Large-scale disease patterns explained by climatic seasonality and host traits. Oecologia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00442-020-04782-x

Vielma, S., Lagrue, C., Poulin, R., & Selbach, C. (2019). Non-host organisms impact transmission at two different life stages in a marine parasite. Parasitology Research, 118, 111-117. doi: 10.1007/s00436-018-6121-2

Poulin, R., Hay, E., & Jorge, F. (2019). Taxonomic and geographic bias in the genetic study of helminth parasites. International Journal for Parasitology, 49, 429-435. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2018.12.005

Poulin, R., & Jorge, F. (2019). The geography of parasite discovery across taxa and over time. Parasitology, 146, 168-175. doi: 10.1017/S003118201800118X

Bennett, J., Jorge, F., Poulin, R., & Randhawa, H. (2019). Revealing trophic transmission pathways of marine tapeworms. Parasitology Research, 118, 1435-1444. doi: 10.1007/s00436-019-06264-3

Herbison, R., Evans, S., Doherty, J.-F., Algie, M., Kleffmann, T., & Poulin, R. (2019). A molecular war: Convergent and ontogenetic evidence for adaptive host manipulation in related parasites infecting divergent hosts. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286(1915), 20191827. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1827

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