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Course Description (Zoo 5010-363): This seminar will cover concepts in ecological and evolutionary parasitology.  The ecology and evolution of parasitism (aka host-parasite interactions) has roots that go back about a century. However, it did not begin to emerge as a discipline until the past 30 years based on the works of John Holmes, Peter Price, Claude Combes, Gerry Esch and their students among others.

We will spend the first part of the semester covering basic concepts about parasite host specificity and life cycles, the second part of the seminar we will concentrate on the ecology of parasitic organism and finally the third portion of the semester we will focus on evolutionary concepts in parasitology.  I will usually give an introductory lecture on the topic at hand and we will continue the discussions with student-led presentations and discussions based on readings in Combes (2001) or other papers that might be interesting.



Part I:  Introduction to Parasites and Parasitism

Parasitism, Mutualism and Commensalism (PEEII Chapters 1; 19)

A Parasitological Primer: the ten general rules of parasitism and parasitology Lec 1

Overview of Common Types Parasite Life Cycles
Lec 2

Host Specificity and Transmission Strategies (PEEII Chapter 2)
Lec 3 A and B

Part II:  Parasite Ecology

Parasite Populations and Communities (PEEII Chapter 3)

Parasite Distribution (PEEII Chapter 4)

Parasite Population Regulation (PEEII Chapter 12)

Parasites and Host Populations (PEEII Chapter 15)

Parasites and Ecosystems (PEEII Chapter 16)

Part III:  Parasite Evolution


Parasite Diversity in Time (PEEII Chapter 5)


Parasite-Host Coevolution (PEEII Chapter 6)


Genes and Parasites (PEEII Chapters 7; 8)


Genes and Parasites II (PEEII Chapters 9; 10)

How do Coevolutions Evolve (PEEII Chapter 11)