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) Evolution: Population Genetics, Mating Systems, and Molecular Epidemiology, 2) Ecology: Biodiversity, Conservation, and Natural History, and 3) Genetics and Ecological Genomics.
- Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Oregon State University - (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) 2005
- M.S. in Biology, Southeastern Louisiana University - (Hammond, Louisiana, United States) 2000
- B.S. in Zoology, Louisiana State University - (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States) 1995
- Criscione, C. D., van Paridon, B. J., Gilleard, J. S., & Goater, C. P. (2020). Clonemate cotransmission supports a role for kin selection in a puppeteer parasite. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 117(11), 5970-5976.
- Caballero, I. C., & Criscione, C. D. (2019). Little to no inbreeding depression in a tapeworm with mixed mating. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 32(9), 1002-1010.
- Sakla, A. J., Detwiler, J. T., Caballero, I. C., Kelehear, C., & Criscione, C. D. (2019). Recognizing the Causes of Parasite Morphological Variation to Resolve the Status of a Cryptogenic Pentastome. Journal of Parasitology. 105(3), 432-441.
- Dusitsittipon, S., Criscione, C. D., Morand, S., Komalamisra, C., & Thaenkham, U. (2018). Hurdles in the evolutionary epidemiology of Angiostrongylus cantonensis: Pseudogenes, incongruence between taxonomy and DNA sequence variants, and cryptic lineages. Evolutionary Applications. 11(8), 1257-1269.
- Kasl, E. L., Font, W. F., & Criscione, C. D. (2018). Resolving evolutionary changes in parasite life cycle complexity: Molecular phylogeny of the trematode genus Alloglossidium indicates more than one origin of precociousness. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 126, 371-381.
- Criscione, C. D. (2013). Genetic Epidemiology of Ascaris: Cross-transmission between Humans and Pigs, Focal Transmission, and Effective Population Size. Ascaris: The Neglected Parasite. (pp. 203-230). Elsevier.
- Criscione, C. D., Suclimack, D., Anderson, J. D., Subedi, J., Rai, D. R., Upadhayay, R. P., ... Anderson, T. J. (2008). LANDSCAPE GENETICS REVEALS FOCAL TRANSMISSION OF ASCARIS LUMBRICOIDES. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 79(6), 336-336.
- Sakla, Andrew John (2018-12). Identification and Morphological Variation of an Invasive Parasite in Introduced and Native Lizards. (Master's Thesis)
- Kasl, Emily Louise (2016-08). Phylogenetic Relationships in the Genus Alloglossidium (Digenea: Plagiorchioidea): Evolutionary Origins and Implications of Changes in Life Cycle Complexity. (Doctoral Dissertation)