Faculty: Charles Criscione2017-10-25T14:49:34+00:00
Charles Criscione

Charles Criscione

Associate Professor

Fax: 979-845-2891
Email: ccriscione@bio.tamu.edu

Curriculum Vitae
Criscione Lab Website
Trematode Field Guide

3258 TAMU
Butler Hall
Room 207A

Butler Hall
Room 207

Joined the Department in 2008

  • B.S., 1995,  Zoology, Louisiana State University
  • M.S., 2000,  Biology, Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Ph.D., 2005,  Molecular and Cellular Biology, Oregon State University
  • Postdoctoral Scientist, 2005-2008, Dept. Genetics, Texas Biomedical Research Institute


Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


I examine fundamental ecological and evolutionary questions in parasite systems and consider my research to be at the interface of ecology, evolution, and genetics.  Parasitology provides a rich subject area for studies of ecology and evolutionary biology.  Numerous topics such as ecosystem dynamics, mating systems, or coevolution can be addressed because parasites are extremely diverse.  By diversity, I include not only the myriad of taxa that have independently evolved a parasitic lifestyle, but also the diversity in life cycles, modes of reproduction, host species, and ecosystems utilized by parasites.  This diversity also allows for comparative studies to address theories or unifying principles that span ecosystems or taxonomic groups.  Furthermore, there are many practical applications such as studying the evolution of drug resistance, or using parasite community structure to assess “ecosystem health”.  My research interests address both basic and applied questions, and span three overlapping subject areas: 1) Evolution: Population Genetics, Mating Systems, and Molecular Epidemiology, 2) Ecology: Biodiversity, Conservation, and Natural History, and 3) Genetics and Ecological Genomics.

Please visit the Criscione Lab Website to obtain more information on my research program, teaching, and laboratory members, or to view my publications and CV.

  1. Kasl, EL, Font, WF, Criscione, CD. Resolving evolutionary changes in parasite life cycle complexity: Molecular phylogeny of the trematode genus Alloglossidium indicates more than one origin of precociousness. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 2018;126 :371-381. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2018.04.027. PubMed PMID:29705582 .
  2. Detwiler, JT, Criscione, CD. Role of parasite transmission in promoting inbreeding: II. Pedigree reconstruction reveals sib-transmission and consequent kin-mating. Mol. Ecol. 2017;26 (17):4405-4417. doi: 10.1111/mec.14210. PubMed PMID:28626973 .
  3. Detwiler, JT, Caballero, IC, Criscione, CD. Role of parasite transmission in promoting inbreeding: I. Infection intensities drive individual parasite selfing rates. Mol. Ecol. 2017;26 (17):4391-4404. doi: 10.1111/mec.14211. PubMed PMID:28626938 .
  4. Dusitsittipon, S, Criscione, CD, Morand, S, Komalamisra, C, Thaenkham, U. Cryptic lineage diversity in the zoonotic pathogen Angiostrongylus cantonensis. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 2017;107 :404-414. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.12.002. PubMed PMID:27940331 .
  5. van Paridon, BJ, Goater, CP, Gilleard, JS, Criscione, CD. Characterization of nine microsatellite loci for Dicrocoelium dendriticum, an emerging liver fluke of ungulates in North America, and their use to detect clonemates and random mating. Mol. Biochem. Parasitol. 2016;207 (1):19-22. doi: 10.1016/j.molbiopara.2016.05.003. PubMed PMID:27188658 .
  6. Doña, J, Moreno-García, M, Criscione, CD, Serrano, D, Jovani, R. Species mtDNA genetic diversity explained by infrapopulation size in a host-symbiont system. Ecol Evol. 2015;5 (24):5801-9. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1842. PubMed PMID:26811755 PubMed Central PMC4717341.
  7. Caballero, IC, Sakla, AJ, Detwiler, JT, Le Gall, M, Behmer, ST, Criscione, CD et al.. Physiological Status Drives Metabolic Rate in Mediterranean Geckos Infected with Pentastomes. PLoS ONE. 2015;10 (12):e0144477. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144477. PubMed PMID:26657838 PubMed Central PMC4681768.
  8. Kasl, EL, McAllister, CT, Robison, HW, Connior, MB, Font, WF, Criscione, CD et al.. Evolutionary consequence of a change in life cycle complexity: A link between precocious development and evolution toward female-biased sex allocation in a hermaphroditic parasite. Evolution. 2015;69 (12):3156-70. doi: 10.1111/evo.12805. PubMed PMID:26508113 .
  9. Valdivia, IM, Criscione, CD, Cárdenas, L, Durán, CP, Oliva, ME. Does a facultative precocious life cycle predispose the marine trematode Proctoeces cf. lintoni to inbreeding and genetic differentiation among host species?. Int. J. Parasitol. 2014;44 (3-4):183-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2013.10.008. PubMed PMID:24447491 .
  10. Kasl, EL, Fayton, TJ, Font, WF, Criscione, CD. Alloglossidium floridense n. sp. (Digenea: Macroderoididae) from a spring run in North Central Florida. J. Parasitol. 2014;100 (1):121-6. doi: 10.1645/13-251.1. PubMed PMID:23984939 .
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