Ecological & Evolutionary Parasitology

the Criscione Lab at Texas A&M University

Charles Criscione Lab 2017-10-25T15:21:11+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

Oct. 2017
Hayden Kusy started as the new Research Technician in the Criscione Lab–Welcome Hayden!
Sept. 2017
Check out our two recent papers in Molecular Ecology! The first paper provides the first nature-derived, direct estimates of the primary mating system of a hermaphroditic flatworm parasite. The second paper provides novel methods to elucidate co-transmission of sibling parasites and to estimate kin-mating rates.
Sept. 2017 The Criscione Lab was awarded an NSF grant to study the role parasite mating systems have in impacting the evolution of parasite life cycle complexity!
Aug. 2017 Dr. Emily Kasl, former PhD student in the Criscione Lab, started her tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the University of North Alabama. Congratulations and best wishes Dr. Kasl!
July 2017 Dr. Charles Criscione was featured on the department’s Faculty Spotlight. Read the story here.
June 2017 Charles Criscione and Isabel Caballero presented their research at the American Society of Parasitologists in San Antonio, TX.
May 2017 Dr. Isabel Caballero, former postdoc in the Criscione Lab, is moving on to a new postdoc position. We will miss Dr. Caballero, but wish her well in her new position.
Feb. 2017 A new publication on the cryptic lineage diversity in the rat lungworm, Angiostrongylus cantonensis! This study was done in collaboration with a visiting PhD student and now, Dr. Sirilak Dusitsittipon from Thailand.