Stanley King » People
My interest lies in the taxonomy and systematics of parasites, particularly those infecting fishes. My research primarily involves finding and describing new species of parasites using a traditional taxonomic approach coupled with molecular analysis. One genus that is of particular interest,Gyrodactylus, is thought to have in excess of 20,000 members, of which only ~ 500 are known to science.
In a population biology context I am also interested in quantifying the genetic variation in species of Gyrodactylus and describing how that variation is distributed. Species of this genus can be pathogenic, so it is important that we understand their genetic makeup.
Lastly, I am interested in investigating if species of Gyrodactylus can be used as ‘biological tags’ of their host fish, potentially providing information on host evolutionary processes and demography, unobtainable through analysis of host genetics alone.