Jillian Detwiler
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Assistant Professor

Office 208 B Buller Buller
(204) 474-8689

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 influence of parasite-mediated selection on adaptive immune genes. My approach integrates neutral markers and ecologically relevant genes with 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, a copy of your academic transcript, and a brief description of your research background and interests.

Research Interests

Biodiversity, Ecology and Environment, Parasite evolutionary ecology, trematode-snail interactions, host specificity, hybridization, mating systems

Recent Publications

  • Detwiler, J.T., Caballero, I.C., and Criscione, C.D. (2017). Role of parasite transmission in promoting inbreeding: I. Infection intensities drive individual parasite selfing rates. Molecular Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/mec.14211.
  • Detwiler, J.T., Criscione, C.D. (2017). Role of parasite transmission in promoting inbreeding: II. Pedigree reconstruction reveals sib-transmission and consequent kin-mating. Molecular Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/mec.14210.
  • Caballero, I.C., Sakla A.J., Detwiler, J.T., Le Gall, M., Behmer, S.T., Criscione, C.D. (2015). Physiological Status Drives Metabolic Rate in Mediterranean Geckos Infected with Pentastomes. PLoS ONE 10 (12), e0144477. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144477
  • Detwiler, J.T., Criscione, C.D. (2014). Recently introduced invasive geckos quickly reach population genetic equilibrium dynamics. Biological Invasions, DOI 10.1007/s10530-014-0694-1.
  • Zarlenga, D.S., Hoberg, E.P., Detwiler, J.T. Diversity and history as drivers of helminth systematics and biology . In F. Bruschi, Helminth infections and their impact on global public health 5–35. Springer, 2014. ISBN 978-3-7091-1781-1

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Important Dates

July 1: Canada Day (University Closed)

July 2: Canada Day observed (University Closed)

Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Amber Hiebert, MSc. Defense: “Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) Myotome Development: The Proliferation of Satellite Cells in the Developing Sturgeon” — Tuesday, June 26 at 1 p.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Madison Earhart, MSc Defense: “The development of the stress response in larval Lake Sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens” — Thursday, June 28 at 10 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.