Ecological & Evolutionary Parasitology

the Criscione Lab at Texas A&M University

Charles Criscione Lab 2016-12-13T17:10:56+00:00

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) Genetics and Ecological Genomics, 2) Evolution: Population Genetics, Mating Systems, and Molecular Epidemiology, and 3) Ecology: Biodiversity, Conservation, and Natural History.

Lab News

Aug 2016 The publications page has been updated with 2 new pdfs.  Check out our papers in Comparative Parasitology and Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology!
June 2016 Charles Criscione presented a poster and Emily Kasl presented a talk at the annual Evolution Meeting in Austin, Texas.
May 2016 Mary Gorton Janecka successfully passed her prelims! Congrats PhD candidate!

Emily Kasl successfully defended her dissertation: “Phylogenetic Relationships in the Genus Alloglossidium (Digenea: Plagiorchioidea): Evolutionary Origins and Implications of Changes in Life Cycle Complexity.” Congrats Dr. Kasl!