Research and Teaching Interests
I am an evolutionary ecologist that utilizes molecular techniques to address the ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions. I use a variety of host-parasite systems in field and laboratory settings to address a broad range of topics. My research interests include the impact of host ecology and evolution on patterns of host specificity, and the roles and mechanisms of parasite-modified behaviour in parasite transmission. My approach integrates neutral markers with behavioural, ecological, phylogenetic, and population genetics methods.
Check out the lab website http://detwilerlab.weebly.com
I am recruiting graduate and honours students into my research program. If interested, please email your CV, an electronic copy of your academic transcript, and a brief description of your research background and interests.
Parasite evolutionary ecology, trematode-snail interactions, host specificity, hybridization, cryptic species, parasite-modified behaviour, chemical communication
Introductory Parasitology (BIOL 3270) Fall term
Biodiversity and Sustainability (BIOL 3600) Winter term
Molecular Ecology of Parasites (BIOL 4890, Independent Research) Fall/Winter