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
Module Leader for Practical Skills in Biodiversity and Ecology ENV08108 (since 2018), 2nd year module with ~70 students

Teaching on several modules including:
Fisheries Biology ENV10101
Symbiosis BMS08105
Marine Biology ENV09104
Population & Community Ecology ENV09103
Scientific Methods ENV11109

- Postgraduate supervision/co-supervision (ongoing)

Anna-Lotta Hiillos (PhD candidate since 2018) Microbiome-host interactions and developmental polymorphism. University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Co-supervision with E. Knott

Anna Osicka (MRes since 2016) Description of metazoan parasites of juvenile fish in Kenyan mangrove forests and investigation of various aspects of focal fish species ecology and life histories. Edinburgh Napier University, UK. Co-supervision with M. Huxham (DoS)

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 (DoS)

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)

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 (DoS)

- Postgraduate supervision/co-supervision (completed)

Jenny McLeish (PhD completed in Feb 2018) 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

Natasha Nicholson (MSc complete in 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 (DoS)

- 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 former and current PhD students on parasites of invertebrates and nematodes of salmon.
Reeson Wong (2015 IAESTE) worked with former 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.

Esteem

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member of the European Journal of Protistology

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • German Society for Parasitology (DGP)
  • International Society for Evolutionary Protistology (ISEP)
  • Protistology UK (P-UK) formerly known as British Society for Protist Biology (BSPB)
  • International Society of Protistologists (ISOP)
  • The Systematics Association
  • Microbiology Society

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • External Examiner for PhD candidate at the University of Oslo, Norway.

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner for Marine Biology Programme, University of Aberdeen

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer: Acta Parasitologica
  • Reviewer: Acta Protozoologica
  • Reviewer: Aquaculture Research
  • Reviewer: African Journal of Biotechnology
  • Reviewer: Biologia
  • Reviewer: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
  • Reviewer: EAFP Bulletin
  • Reviewer: Estuaries and Coasts
  • Reviewer: European Journal of Protistology
  • Reviewer: Folia Parasitologica
  • Reviewer: Evolutionary Bioinformatics
  • Reviewer: International Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Reviewer: Journal of Parasitology
  • Reviewer: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
  • Reviewer: Marine Biodiversity
  • Reviewer: Polar Biology
  • Reviewer: Oikos
  • Reviewer: Protist
  • Reviewer: Revista de Biologica Tropical
  • Reviewer: Science of the Total Environment
  • Reviewer: Turkish Journal of Zoology
  • Reviewer: Tropical Natural History
  • Reviewer: Zootaxa
  • MASTS Reviewer for multiple grant schemes (Visiting Fellow, Small Grants)
  • NERC Reviewer for grant applications
  • Icelandic Research Fund Reviewer for grant application
  • Czech Science Foundation Reviewer for grant application
  • Reviewer for book proposal, BRILL, Leiden

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited Speaker at Charles University Prague Protistology Seminar, Czech Republic
  • Keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting of the German Society of Protozoology in Cologne, Germany
  • Invited Speaker at the 21st Microbiology Society Annual Meeting, Edinburgh, UK
  • Invited Speaker at Universidad de Antofagasta Research Seminar, Chile
  • Invited Speaker at the 2nd JAMBIO International Symposium 'Aquatic Ecosystems: Past, Present and Future', University of Tsukuba, Tokyo Campus Tokyo, Japan
  • Invited Speaker at University of Cologne Biocentre Colloquium, Germany
  • Invited Speaker at the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre BIK-F Research Seminar, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Invited Speaker at the Tree of Life (Protists) Workshop, CIFAR-Tula Foundation, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Invited Speaker at University of Tsukuba Seminar series 'Advanced Marine Biology', Tsukuba, Japan
  • Oral Presentation at the 15th International Congress of Protistology (ICOP), Prague, Czech Republic
  • Invited Speaker at the Indonesian-German Bilateral Workshop on SPICE Phase I: Ecological and Social Aspects of Segara Anakan Cilacap, Purwokerto, Indonesia
  • Invited Speaker at the Science for the Protection of Indonesian Coastal Ecosystems (SPICE) Program Workshop: Focus on Cluster 2, Purwokerto, Indonesia
  • Oral Presentation at Protist, Oslo, Norway
  • Oral Presentation at the 14th International Congress of Protistology (ICOP XIV), Vancouver, Canada
  • Oral Presentation at ECOP, VI European Congress of Protistology, Berlin, Germany
  • Oral Presentation 2 at ECOP, VI European Congress of Protistology, Berlin, Germany
  • Oral Presentation at ISEP, XVIII Meeting of the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology, Kanazawa, Japan
  • Oral Presentation at Protist, joined meeting ISOP/ISEP XVII, Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Oral Presentation at ICOP, XIII International Congress of Protistology, Armação dos Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Oral Presentation at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) IMB General Program Meeting: Integrated Microbial Diversity, Lac Carling, Quebec, Canada
  • Oral Presentation at the British Society for Protist Biology (BSPB) Spring Meeting, Huddersfield, UK
  • Oral Presentation at the VII Argentine Congress of Parasitology, Argentina
  • Oral Presentation at the CPR Meeting, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Oral Presentation at the SPICE/LOICZ/ATSEF/SEACORM (SLAS) Southeast Asia Coastal Governance and Management Forum: Science Meets Policy for Coastal Management and Capacity Building, Bali, Indonesia
  • Oral Presentation at the XVII Ichthyoparasitologisches Symposium, Biologische Station Boiensdorf, Germany
  • Poster Presentation at the 7th European Congress of Protistology (ECOP VII), Seville, Spain
  • Poster Presentation at the MASTS ASM, Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow, UK
  • Poster Presentation at Protist, joined meeting ISOP/ISEP, Banff, Canada
  • Poster Presentation at the MASTS ASM, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
  • Poster Presentation at ICOP, XIII International Congress of Protistology, Armação dos Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Poster Presentation at the SPICE/LOICZ/ATSEF/SEACORM (SLAS) Southeast Asia Coastal Governance and Management Forum: Science Meets Policy for Coastal Management and Capacity Building, Bali, Indonesia
  • Poster Presentation at the EASIZ Symposium & Workshop, Alfred-Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany

 

Conference Activity

  • Co-organizing the 22nd Meeting of the International Society of Evolutionary Protistology in Cyprus 2018. Chair of the Travel Award Committee
  • Co-organized two sessions (three days in total) for Protistology-UK under the umbrella of the 21st Microbiology Society Annual Meeting 3rd -6th April 2017, Edinburgh, UK
  • Session Chair: Edinburgh Napier University, Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences Postgraduate Conference, 26th March 2016, Edinburgh, UK
  • Session Chair: Co-chaired three sessions at the 21st Microbiology Society Annual Meeting 3rd -6th April 2017, Edinburgh, UK
  • Session Chair: 14th International Congress of Protistology (ICOP XIV), 28th July -2nd August 2013, Vancouver, Canada
  • Session Chair: Protist, 29th July-3d August 2012, Oslo, Norway

 

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • UniEuk taxonomy expert for Apicomplexa
  • ISOP International Committee on Nomenclature, Taxonomy, and Systematics

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum exhibition of parasite micrographs
  • Native Scientists
  • Tree of Life web project
  • Public outreach event before 22nd Meeting of the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology in Cyprus

 

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • PhD co-supervision at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland