Criscione, Charles individual record

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.

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Academic Articles48
  • Janecka, M. J., Janecka, J. E., Haines, A. M., Michaels, A., & Criscione, C. D. (2021). Post-delisting genetic monitoring reveals population subdivision along river and reservoir localities of the endemic Concho water snake (Nerodia harteri paucimaculata). Conservation Genetics. 22(6), 1005-1021.
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  • Hulke, J. M., Ellenburg, W. H., Zelmer, D. A., & Criscione, C. D. (2021). Quantifying Bilateral Infection Patterns in the Trematode Alloglossidium renale. Journal of Parasitology. 107(5), 731-738.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.. J Parasitol. 105(3), 432-441.
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  • 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.. Evol Appl. 11(8), 1257-1269.
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  • Criscione, C. D. (2016). History of microevolutionary thought in parasitology: The integration of molecular population genetics. A Century of Parasitology. 93-109. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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  • Criscione, C. D. (2013). Genetic Epidemiology of Ascaris. Ascaris: The Neglected Parasite. 203-230. Elsevier.
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Conference Papers1
  • 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.
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Texas A&M University; Biology; 3258 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3258