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The symbiotic spectrum: where do the gregarines fit?

Journal Article
Rueckert, S., Betts, E. L., & Tsaousis, A. D. (2019)
The symbiotic spectrum: where do the gregarines fit?. Trends in Parasitology, 35(9), 687-694. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2019.06.013
Gregarine apicomplexans are closely related to parasites such as Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, and Cryptosporidium, which are causing severe health and economic burdens. Colonizing ...

Consistent patterns of high alpha and low beta diversity in tropical parasitic and free-living protists

Journal Article
Lentendu, G., Mahé, F., Bass, D., Rueckert, S., Stoeck, T., & Dunthorn, M. (2018)
Consistent patterns of high alpha and low beta diversity in tropical parasitic and free-living protists. Molecular Ecology, 27(13), 2846-2857. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.14731
Tropical animals and plants are known to have high alpha diversity within forests, but low beta diversity between forests. By contrast, it is unknown if microbes inhabiting th...

Revisions to the Classification, Nomenclature, and Diversity of Eukaryotes

Journal Article
Adl, S. M., Bass, D., Lane, C. E., Lukeš, J., Schoch, C. L., Smirnov, A., …Zhang, Q. (2019)
Revisions to the Classification, Nomenclature, and Diversity of Eukaryotes. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 66(1), 4-119. https://doi.org/10.1111/jeu.12691
This revision of the classification of eukaryotes follows that of Adl et al., 2012 [J. Euk. Microbiol. 59(5)] and retains an emphasis on protists. Changes since have improved ...

Phylogenetic position and description of Rhytidocystis cyamus sp. n. (Apicomplexa, Rhytidocystidae): a novel intestinal parasite of the north-eastern Pacific ‘stink worm’ (Polychaeta, Opheliidae, Travisia pupa)

Journal Article
Rueckert, S., & Leander, B. S. (2009)
Phylogenetic position and description of Rhytidocystis cyamus sp. n. (Apicomplexa, Rhytidocystidae): a novel intestinal parasite of the north-eastern Pacific ‘stink worm’ (Polychaeta, Opheliidae, Travisia pupa). Marine Biodiversity, 39(4), 227-234. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-009-0014-7
A new Rhytidocystis species is described from the north-eastern Pacific Coast. Trophozoites of R. cyamus sp. n. were isolated from the intestines of the opheliid polychaete Tr...

Archigregarines of the English Channel revisited: New molecular data on Selenidium species including early described and new species and the uncertainties of phylogenetic relationships

Journal Article
Rueckert, S., & Horák, A. (2017)
Archigregarines of the English Channel revisited: New molecular data on Selenidium species including early described and new species and the uncertainties of phylogenetic relationships. PLOS ONE, 12(11), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0187430
Background Gregarines represent an important transition step from free-living predatory (colpodellids s.l.) and/or photosynthetic (Chromera and Vitrella) apicomplexan lineage...

A new approach to visualize ecosystem health by using parasites

Journal Article
Palm, H. W., & Rückert, S. (2009)
A new approach to visualize ecosystem health by using parasites. Parasitology Research, 105(2), 539-553. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00436-009-1423-z
A new approach is chosen to visualize ecosystem health by using parasite bioindicators in Segara Anakan Lagoon, a brackish water ecosystem at the southern Java coast, Indonesi...

Description of Trichotokara nothriae n. gen. et sp. (Apicomplexa, Lecudinidae) – An intestinal gregarine of Nothria conchylega (Polychaeta, Onuphidae)

Journal Article
Rueckert, S., & Leander, B. S. (2010)
Description of Trichotokara nothriae n. gen. et sp. (Apicomplexa, Lecudinidae) – An intestinal gregarine of Nothria conchylega (Polychaeta, Onuphidae). Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 104, 172-179. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jip.2010.03.005
The trophozoites of a novel gregarine apicomplexan, Trichotokara nothriae n. gen. et sp., were isolated and characterized from the intestines of the onuphid tubeworm Nothria c...

The life cycle of Anisakis simplex in the Norwegian Deep (northern North Sea)

Journal Article
Palm, H. W., Rueckert, S., & Piatkowski, U. (2004)
The life cycle of Anisakis simplex in the Norwegian Deep (northern North Sea). Parasitology Research, 94(1), (1-9). doi:10.1007/s00436-004-1154-0. ISSN 0932-0113
Copepoda (Calanus finmarchicus n=1,722, Paraeuchaeta norvegica n=1,955), Hyperiidae (n=3,019), Euphausiacea (Meganyctiphanes norvegica n=4,780), and the fishes Maurolicus muel...

Transmission of fish parasites into grouper mariculture (Serranidae: Epinephelus coioides (Hamilton, 1822)) in Lampung Bay, Indonesia

Journal Article
Palm, H. W., Rueckert, S., Klimpel, S., Al-Quraishy, S., & Mehlhorn, H. (2009)
Transmission of fish parasites into grouper mariculture (Serranidae: Epinephelus coioides (Hamilton, 1822)) in Lampung Bay, Indonesia. Parasitology Research, 104(3), 523-532. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00436-008-1226-7
Differently fed groupers Epinephelus coioides from an Indonesian finfish mariculture farm were studied for ecto- and endohelminth parasites. Pellet-fed E. coioides were infest...

Nematode eel parasite found inside acanthocephalan cysts - a "Trojan horse" strategy?

Journal Article
Emde, S., Rueckert, S., Kochmann, J., Knopf, K., Sures, B., & Klimpel, S. (2014)
Nematode eel parasite found inside acanthocephalan cysts - a "Trojan horse" strategy?. Parasites & vectors, 7(1), 504. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-014-0504-8
Background The invasive eel parasite Anguillicoloides crassus (syn. Anguillicola crassus) is considered one of the major causes for the decline of the European eel (Anguilla ...
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Exploring the causes of Red Vent Syndrome in wild Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) from coastal waters around Scotland

2016 - 2017
This research will make direct comparisons of δ13C and δ15N isotope values from muscle tissue between populations of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) returning to the North, East and West coasts of Scotl...
Funder: Natural Environment Research Council

Linking surface ultrastructure & molecular phylogeny of marine gregarine apicomplexan parasites

2013 - 2013
The aim of this project is to assess the surface ultrastructure of marine apicomplexan gregarines and to evaluate if similar surface morphologies of different gregarine species are reflected in molecu...
Funder: Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland | Value: £2,465

BES Travel Grant for PhD student Alex Kent

2017 - 2017
Travel grant to allow PhD student to attend Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Aquatic Sciences Meeting/conference in Hawaii.
Funder: British Ecological Society | Value: £500

Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on the Embryogenesis of Squids, Loligo spp.

2017 - 2018
Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on the Embryogenesis of Squids, Loligo spp.
Funder: Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (Hosted by St Andrew's University) | Value: £2,942

The juvenile fish fauna of a Kenyan mangrove forest: exploring new tools to understand growth and condition.

2016 - 2019
The project will work with a new PhD student who is collecting regular samples of juvenile fish from the Vanga mangrove forest in southern Kenya. The work will focus on two areas: 1) Describing the me...
Funder: ENU Development Trust | Value: £8,300

Design a smart system for pathogens detection in bathing waters

2019 - 2022
Monitoring the quality of recreational waters such as beaches and rivers is becoming a global concern to protect human health (e.g. the EU Bathing Water Directive (BWD) in Europe). In Scotland, water ...
Funder: Data Lab | Value: £38,822

Applicability of the optical mesoscope technology to assess physical effects of noise on statocysts of marine invertebrate embryos/larvae: A proof of concept

2020 - 2020
We perceive oceans as quiet,but increasing levels of man-made noise can have negative effects on marine organisms. Invertebrates are under-represented in noise-related research but play significant r...
Funder: Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance | Value: £10,000

Gregarines - an aquatic symbiosis model system

2020 - 2023
Apicomplexans are widely distributed, single-celled organisms that are always described as obligate parasitic. Despite their importance for human health (malaria, toxoplasmosis) and vast literature on...
Funder: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation | Value: £266,914

Parasites in the deep

2014 - 2016
Parasites collected from different fish species (e.g. Barathrites iris) from the New Hebrides trench and the Kermadec trench will be identified on a morphological and molecular level.
Funder: Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (Hosted by St Andrew's University) | Value: £600

Oral Infestation Challenge

2016 - 2016
Live Atlantic salmon will be experimentally infested with live anisakis simplex. The experiment will run for 35 days, and at certain sampling points, salmon will be euthanised and blood will be taken....
Funder: Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (Hosted by St Andrew's University) | Value: £490
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Exploring the causes of Red Vent Syndrome in wild Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) from coastal waters around Scotland

2014 - 2018
"In 2005, Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) migrating to the UK exhibited swollen, haemor...
Alexander Kent | Director of Studies: Dr Sonja Rueckert | Second Supervisor: Dr Robert Briers

The parasite fauna of mangrove fish from Vanga, Kenya

2016 - date
Anna Osicka-Rogowska | Director of Studies: Prof Mark Huxham | Second Supervisor: Dr Sonja Rueckert

The effects of anthropogenic noise playbacks on marine invertebrates

2014 - 2018
Anthropogenic noise has profoundly changed the acoustic environment of aquatic habitats, and is known to negatively affect many taxa...
Dr Matthew Wale | Director of Studies: Prof Karen Diele | Second Supervisor: Dr Robert Briers

Trophic polymorphism in the Himalayan fish Tor putitora? An investigation into morphological variation

2013 - date
Ian Martin | Director of Studies: Dr Robert Briers | Second Supervisor: Dr Sonja Rueckert

Exosomes as Mediators of Cell-to-Cell Communication in Prostate Cancer

2018 - date
Isla Bruce | Director of Studies: Dr Amy Poole | Second Supervisor: Dr Jenny Fraser

Exercise to attenuate chemotherapy-induced cardio- and vascular toxicity in breast cancer

2018 - date
Marie McLaughlin | Director of Studies: Dr Mark Ross | Second Supervisor: Prof Geraint Florida-James

The hidden links in trophic food webs: where do the parasites fit?

2019 - date
Matthew Dicker | Director of Studies: Dr Sonja Rueckert | Second Supervisor: Prof Mark Huxham

Non-native bullhead in South-East Scotland: Molecular and morphological identification and parasite links with native fauna

2014 - 2018
The PhD is to investigate the ecological implications of invasive bullhead in...
Jenny Mcleish | Director of Studies: Dr Sonja Rueckert | Second Supervisor: Dr Robert Briers