Sonja Rueckert

Sonja Rueckert

Dr Sonja Rueckert

Senior Lecturer

Biography

Since 2012, I am a Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology at Edinburgh Napier University. I'm broadly interested in parasites and in particular in parasites of marine organisms including a whole range of invertebrates and fishes. My research approach involves traditional morphological and modern molecular techniques to understand the biodiversity, ecology and evolutionary history of parasitic organisms. Since I was a postdoc, a large part of my research focuses on the morphology and molecular phylogeny of gregarine apicomplexans and other protozoan parasites in marine invertebrates. At the moment I am starting to look into the utilization of gregarines as model organisms and also the role and impact of micro-eukaryotes in food webs.

- Teaching activities:

Module Leader for Life on Earth ENV07100 (since 2014), 1st year module with ~140 students

Teaching on several modules including:
Practical Biology 3 ENV08103
Fisheries Biology ENV10101
Marine Biology ENV09104
Population & Community Ecology ENV09103
Scientific Methods ENV11109

- Postgraduate supervision/co-supervision

Anna Osicka MRes (since 2016) Parasite fauna of mangrove fish in Vanga Forest, Kenya Edinburgh Napier University, UK. Co-supervision with M. Huxham (Director of Studies).

Natasha Nicholson MSc (2013) An investigation into the tolerance of Macrobiotus dispar and Hypsibius dujardini to biotic and xenobiotic heavy metals, and possible adaptive strategies to chemotoxic stress. Edinburgh Napier University, UK. Co-supervision with L. Gilpin (Director of Studies).

Caroline Wanjiru (PhD candidate since 2015) Exploring the fish community in a mangrove forest in Kenya utilizing different methods. Edinburgh Napier University, UK, based in Kenya. Co-supervision with M. Huxham (Director of Studies).

Alexander J. Kent (PhD candidate since 2014) Exploring the Causes of Red Vent Syndrome in wild Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) from Coastal Waters around Scotland. Edinburgh Napier University, UK. Co-supervision with R. Briers & K. Diele, ENU; C. Pert (External Supervisor, Marine Scotland Science, UK).

Jenny McLeish (PhD candidate since 2014) Non-native Bullhead in South-East Scotland: Molecular and morphological identification and parasite links with native fauna. Edinburgh Napier University, UK. Co-supervision with R. Briers.

Ian Martin (PhD candidate since 2013) Ecology, morphology and population structure of the mahseer, Tor putitora (Cyprinidae), in the Mahakali river, Western Nepal. Edinburgh Napier University, UK. Co-supervision with R. Briers (Director of Studies).


- Undergraduate Bsc project students

Emma Vincent-Cuaz (2017): A comparative study on the parasite fauna of Perca fluviatilis of Loch Ore (Scotland) and Lough Neagh (Northern Ireland).
Scott Taylor (2017): Comparison of health indices and parasitic fauna present in the two spawning populations of Scomber scombrus found in Scottish waters.
Jamie Bruce (2016): Analysing C. harengus from two sites to investigate, if parasites can be used as biological tags.
Remy Bailly (2016): Acute toxicity of an anti-parasitic veterinary drug on faucet snails (Bithynia tentaculata).
Shauna Baxter (2016): Using parasites found in Sprattus sprattus as biological indicators to compare environmental conditions of two sites located on the East and West Coast of Scotland: The North Sea and the North-East Atlantic.
George Race (2016): The individual and synergistic acute effects of zinc pyrithione and copper on the freshwater gastropod Bithynia tentaculata.
Delli Woodhead (2016): Parasite fauna of European perch, Perca fluviatilis in Lake Windermere, England and Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland.
Liam Scotcher (2015): Differences in the parasite fauna in Perca fluviatilis from two different locations and the possible use to determine ecosystem health.
Amy Ashe (2014): A comparison of the parasite fauna of common dab (Limanda limanda) from the Clyde Estuary and the North Sea.

- International placement students
Anja Alvestadt (2016 IAESTE) worked with current PhD students on parasites of invertebrates and nematodes of salmon.
Reeson Wong (2015 IAESTE) worked with current PhD student on invertebrate parasite and with myself on deep sea parasites
Bonnie Bailet (2012 Université Aix Marseille work placement) worked with myself on gregarines infecting polychaetes.

- Member of the following societies:
German Society for Parasitology (DGP)
Protistology-UK (P-UK) [formerly known as the British Society of Protist Biologists (BSPB)]
International Society for Evolutionary Protistology (ISEP)
International Society of Protistologists (ISOP)
The Microbiology Society
The Systematic Association

Within these societies I have taken on different roles and responsibilities over the years:

Scientific committee member (since 05/2017) for the next ISEP conference in Cyprus 2018.
ISOP classification committee member (since 11/2016).
Co-organized two sessions (three days in total) for Protistology-UK spring meting under the umbrella of the 21st Microbiology Society Annual Meeting 3rd - 6th April 2017, Edinburgh, UK.
Secretary of P-UK (elected 04/2016).
Nominating Committee member of ISOP (elected 06/2015).
Committee member of P-UK (elected 04/2015).
Nominated to become Vice-President for ISOP (2014).
European Councillor for ISEP (elected 2012-2014).

- Conference contributions

Invited Speaker (8)

Rueckert S. (2017) Gregarine apicomplexan parasites of deep-sea invertebrates. ‘Aquatic microbiology: New model organisms and new challenges’ session at the 21st Microbiology Society Annual Meeting, 3rd – 6th April, Edinburgh, UK

Rueckert S. (2015) A glimpse into the gregarine world. 4th December 2015, Colloquium at the Biocentre, University of Cologne, Germany.

Rueckert S. (2014) Ecology and evolution of marine parasites. 2nd JAMBIO International Symposium 'Aquatic Ecosystems: Past, Present and Future', 4th to 5th December 2014, University of Tsukuba, Tokyo Campus, Tokyo, Japan

Rueckert S. (2012) Gregarines: A hidden world of apicomplexan parasites. BIK-F Research Seminar, 3d May 2012, Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt, Germany

Rueckert S. (2010) Biodiversity of marine invertebrates: Protozoan and metazoan parasites. Seminar series 'Advanced Marine Biology', 26th January 2010, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan.

Rueckert S. & Leander B.S. (2008) Gregarines (The emerging tree of gregarine apicomplexans). CIFAR-Tula Foundation, Tree of Life (Protists) Workshop, 19th to 20th July 2008, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Rueckert S. & Palm H.W. (2007) A bioindicator approach for a risk classification system around and within Indonesian grouper mariculture. Indonesian-German Bilateral Workshop on SPICE Phase I: Ecological and Social Aspects of Segara Anakan Cilacap, 26th to 27th March, Purwokerto, Indonesia.

Rueckert S. & Palm H.W. (2006) SPICE Cluster 2, Subproject 2.2: Ectoparasites as biological indicators for the environmental conditions within and around Indonesian mariculture facilities. Science for the Protection of Indonesian Coastal Ecosystems (SPICE). Program Workshop: Focus on Cluster 2, 23d January, Purwokerto, Indonesia.


Oral Presentations

International (8)

Rueckert S., Wakeman K.C. and Leander B.S. (2013) The gregarine clade from marine Crustaceans: a lot more to discover! 14th International Congress of Protistology (ICOP XIV), 28th July to 2nd August 2013, Vancouver, Canada.

Rueckert S. (2012) New species of gregarine parasites from invertebrates in Japan and the UK. Protist, 29th July to 3d August 2012, Oslo, Norway.

Rueckert S., Villette P.M.A.H. and Leander B.S. (2011) Species boundaries in gregarine apicomplexan parasites: A case study. Comparison of morpho¬metric and molecular variability in Lecudina cf. tuzetae (Eugregarinorida, Lecudinidae). ECOP, VI European Congress of Protistology, 25th to 29th July 2011, Berlin, Germany.

Lynn D. Chantangsi C. Rueckert S. Prokopowicz A. Strueder-Kypke M. and Leander B.S. (2011) A new genus and species of apostome ciliate in¬fecting the hyperiid amphipod Themisto libellula. ECOP, VI European Congress of Protistology, 25th to 29th July 2011, Berlin, Germany.

Rueckert S. and Leander B.S. (2010) A novel SSU rDNA clade of gregarine apicomplexans from crustaceans, including the identification of several environmental sequences on the organismal level. ISEP, XVIII Meeting of the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology 2nd to 7th July 2010, Kanazawa, Japan.

Rueckert S. (2009) Gregarines (Apicomplexa) parasitic in marine invertebrates from the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada. ICOP, XIII International Congress of Protistology, 23d to 28th August 2009, Armação dos Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rueckert S. and Leander B.S. (2008) Comparative morphology and molecular phylogeny of marine gregarines. Protist (joined meeting ISOP/ISEP XVII), 21st to 26th July 2008, Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Rueckert S. (2008) The evolution of parasitism in marine alveolates. Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) IMB General Program Meeting: Integrated Microbial Diversity, 6th to 9th May 2008, Lac Carling, Quebec, Canada


National (5)

Glasinovich N., Diez M.E., Vázquez N., Rueckert S. and Cremonte F. (2015) Gregarines in polychaetes (Annelida: Polychaeta) from intertidal Punta Cuevas, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina. VII Argentine Congress of Parasitology, 1st to 5th November 2015, San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.

Rueckert S. (2015) Gregarines: A hidden world of apicomplexan parasites. British Society for Protist Biology (BSPB) Spring Meeting, 15th to 17th April 2015, Huddersfield, UK.

Rueckert S. (2009) Marine gregarine apicomplexans. CPR Meeting, 3d April 2009, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Palm H.W. and Rueckert S. (2006) Fish parasites as biological indicators within and around Indonesian grouper mariculture. SPICE/LOICZ/ATSEF/SEACORM (SLAS) Southeast Asia Coastal Governance and Management Forum: Science Meets Policy for Coastal Management and Capacity Building, 14th to 16th November, Bali, Indonesia.

Rueckert S. (2001) Parasitenfauna von Brassen (Abramis brama) und Rotauge (Rutilus rutilus) aus Süß- und Brackwasserhabitaten. XVII. Ichthyoparasitologisches Symposium 14th to 16th June, Biologische Station Boiensdorf, Germany


Posters (8)

Rueckert S. and Devetak D. (2017) Gregarines (Apicomplexa, Gregarinasina) in psocids (Insecta, Psocoptera). 15th International Congress of Protistology (ICOP), 30th July – 4th August 2017, Prague, Czech Republic.

Rueckert S., Linley T.D. and Jamieson A.J. (2015) Parasites of deep-sea fish Simenchelys parasitica. MASTS ASM, 30th September to 2nd October 2015, Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow, UK. [Eposter]

•Rueckert S., Wakeman K.C., Jenke-Kodama, H. and Leander B.S. (2015) Molecular systematics of marine gregarine apicomplexans from Pacific tunicates: linking surface ultractructure and molecular phylogeny. 7th European Congress of Protistology (ECOP VII), 5th to 10th September 2015, Seville, Spain.

Rueckert S., Flegontova O. and Horák A. (2014) Archigregarines of the English Channel revisited. Protist, joined meeting ISOP/ISEP, 3d to 8th August 2014, Banff, Canada.

Rueckert S., Simdyanov, T.G., Aleoshin, A.A. and Leander, B.S. (2012) A novel SSU rDNA clade of gregarine apicomplexans from crustaceans, including the identification of several environmental sequences. MASTS ASM 11th to 13th September 2012, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK [Eposter]

Rueckert S. and Leander B.S. (2009) Phylogenetic position and description of Rhytidocystis cyamus n. sp. (Apicomplexa, Rhytidocystidae): A novel intestinal parasite of the North-eastern Pacific ‘stink worm’ (Polychaeta, Opheliidae, Travisia pupa). ICOP 2009, XIII International Congress of Protistology, 23d to 28th August 2009, Armação dos Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rueckert S. and Palm H.W. (2006) Possible transmission pathways of parasites into Indonesian grouper mariculture. SPICE/LOICZ/ATSEF/SEACORM (SLAS) Southeast Asia Coastal Governance and Management Forum: Science Meets Policy for Coastal Management and Capacity Building, 14th to 16th November 2006, Bali, Indonesia.

Walter T., Palm H.W., Rueckert S. and Piepiorka S. (1999) Parasites of the rattail Macrourus whitsoni (Regan, 1913) (Gadiformes, Macrouridae) in the Antarctic Ocean. EASIZ Symposium & Workshop, 22nd to 25th June 1999, Alfred-Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany.

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  • Editorial Board Member of the European Journal of Protistology

 

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