Dr Andrea Waeschenbach

Dr Andrea Waeschenbach

Researcher, Molecular systematics

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Invertebrates
Contact: email
Phone: +44 (0) 207 942 6114
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Specialisms

Bryozoa, Phylogenetics, Platyhelminthes, bird strike identification, invasive species, mitogenomics, molecular systematics

Summary

I'm a molecular systematist with a particular interest in Bryozoa and Platyhelminthes. I am interested in how we can use phylogenies to study patterns of diversification and their underlying triggers. As such, my research aims to identify the, often repeated, innovation of key morphological and life history traits and the evolutionary importance of host-parasite interactions. In order to build well-resolved phylogenies, I frequently use complete mitochondrial genome data, generated using next-generation sequencing technology. A further part of my work involves the molecular identification of aviation bird strike victims.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Swansea University, United Kingdom, 1999 - 2003

BSc Marine Biology, Swansea University, United Kingdom, 1996 - 1999

Publications

Phillips AJ, Georgiev BB, Waeschenbach A, Mariaux J (2014) Two new and two redescribed species of Anonchotaenia (Cestoda: Paruterinidae) from South American birds. Folia Parasitologica, 61 (5): 441 - 461. doi: 10.14411/fp.2014.058

Scholz T, Oros M, Choudhury A, Brabec J, Waeschenbach A (2014) NEW CIRCUMSCRIPTION OF FRESHWATER FISH PARASITES MONOBOTHRIUM DIESING, 1863 AND PROMONOBOTHRIUM MACKIEWICZ, 1968 (CESTODA: CARYOPHYLLIDEA) USING MORPHOLOGICAL AND MOLECULAR EVIDENCE. Journal of Parasitology, doi: 10.1645/14-610.1

Bray RA, Cribb TH, Waeschenbach A, Littlewood DTJ (2014) Molecular evidence that the genus Cadenatella Dollfus, 1946 (Digenea: Plagiorchiida) belongs in the superfamily Haploporoidea Nicoll, 1914. Systematic Parasitology, 89 (1): 15 - 21. doi: 10.1007/s11230-014-9504-5

Scholz T, Oros M, Bazsalovicsová E, Brabec J, Waeschenbach A, Xi B-W, Aydoğdu A, Besprozvannykh V, Shimazu T, Králová-Hromadová I, Littlewood DTJ (2014) Molecular evidence of cryptic diversity in Paracaryophyllaeus (Cestoda: Caryophyllidea), parasites of loaches (Cobitidae) in Eurasia, including description of P. vladkae n. sp.. Parasitology International, 63 (6): 841 - 850. doi: 10.1016/j.parint.2014.07.015

Fehlauer-Ale KH, Mackie JA, Lim-Fong GE, Ale E, Pie MR, Waeschenbach A (2014) Cryptic species in the cosmopolitan Bugula neritina complex (Bryozoa, Cheilostomata). Zoologica Scripta, 43 (2): 193 - 205. doi: 10.1111/zsc.12042

BRAY RA, WAESCHENBACH A, DYAL P, LITTLEWOOD DTJ, MORAND S (2014) New digeneans (Opecoelidae) from hydrothermal vent fishes in the south eastern Pacific Ocean, including one new genus and five new species. Zootaxa, 3768 (1): 73 - 73. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3768.1.5

Caira JN, Jensen K, Waeschenbach A, Littlewood DTJ (2014) An enigmatic new tapeworm, Litobothrium aenigmaticum, sp. nov. (Platyhelminthes : Cestoda : Litobothriidea), from the pelagic thresher shark with comments on development of known Litobothrium species. Invertebrate Systematics, 28 (3): 231 - 231. doi: 10.1071/IS13047

Caira JN, Jensen K, Waeschenbach A, Olson PD, Littlewood DTJ (2014) Orders out of chaos – molecular phylogenetics reveals the complexity of shark and stingray tapeworm relationships. International Journal for Parasitology, 44 (1): 55 - 73. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2013.10.004

HARTIKAINEN H, WAESCHENBACH A, Wöss E, Wood T, OKAMURA B (2013) Divergence and species discrimination in freshwater bryozoans (Bryozoa: Phylactolaemata). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 168 (1): 61 - 80. doi: 10.1111/zoj.12025

Scholz , de Chambrier A, Kuchta R, LITTLEWOOD DTJ, WAESCHENBACH A (2013) Macrobothriotaenia ficta (Cestoda: Proteocephalidea), a parasite of sunbeam snake (Xenopeltis unicolor): example of convergent evolution. Zootaxa, 3640 (3): 485 - 499. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3640.3.12

BRAY RA, Foster GN, WAESCHENBACH A, LITTLEWOOD DTJ (2012) The discovery of progenetic Allocreadium neotenicum Peters, 1957 (Digenea: Allocreadiidae) in water beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) in Great Britain. Zootaxa, (3577): 58 - 70.

WAESCHENBACH A, Porter JS, Hughes RN (2012) Molecular variability in the Celleporella hyalina (Bryozoa; Cheilostomata) species complex: evidence for cryptic speciation from complete mitochondrial genomes. Molecular Biology Reports, 39 (9): 8601 - 8614. doi: 10.1007/s11033-012-1714-9

WAESCHENBACH A, WEBSTER BL, LITTLEWOOD DTJ (2012) Adding resolution to ordinal level relationships of tapeworms (Platyhelminthes: Cestoda) with large fragments of mtDNA. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 63 (3): 834 - 847. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2012.02.020

WAESCHENBACH A, TAYLOR PD, LITTLEWOOD DTJ (2012) A molecular phylogeny of bryozoans. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 62 (2): 718 - 735. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.11.011

TAYLOR PD, WAESCHENBACH A, Florence WK (2011) Phylogenetic position and systematics of the bryozoan Tennysonia: further evidence for convergence and plasticity in skeletal morphology among cyclostome bryozoans. Zootaxa, 3010 (3010): 58 - 68.

Schärer HL, LITTLEWOOD DTJ, WAESCHENBACH A, Yoshida W, Vizoso DB (2011) Mating behaviour and the evolution of sperm design. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 108 (4): 1490 - 1495. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1013892108

BRAY RA, WAESCHENBACH A, Cribb TH, Weedall GD, DYAL P, LITTLEWOOD DTJ (2009) The phylogeny of the Lepocreadioidea (Platyhelminthes: Digenea) inferred from nuclear and mitochondrial genes: implications for their systematics and evolution. Acta Parasitologica, 54 (4): 310 - 329. doi: 10.2478/s11686-009-0045-z

Palm HW, WAESCHENBACH A, OLSON PD, LITTLEWOOD DTJ (2009) Molecular phylogeny and evolution of the Trypanorhyncha Diesing, 1863 (Platyhelminthes: Cestoda). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 52 (2): 351 - 367. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2009.01.019

WAESCHENBACH A, COX CJ, LITTLEWOOD DTJ, Porter JS, TAYLOR PD (2009) First molecular estimate of cyclostome bryozoan phylogeny confirms extensive homoplasy among skeletal characters used in traditional taxonomy. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 52 (1): 241 - 251. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2009.02.002

Jex AR, WAESCHENBACH A, Hu M, van Wyk JA, Beveridge I, LITTLEWOOD DTJ, Gasser RB (2009) The mitochondrial genomes of Ancylostoma caninum and Bunostomum phlebotomum - two hookworms of animal health and zoonotic importance. BMC Genomics, 10 (1)doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-10-79

LITTLEWOOD DTJ, WAESCHENBACH A, Nikolov PN (2008) In search of mitochondrial markers for resolving the phylogeny of cyclophyllidean tapeworms (Platyhelminthes, Cestoda) – a test study with Davaineidae. Acta Parasitologica, 53 (2): 133 - 144. doi: 10.2478/s11686-008-0029-4

Jex AR, Hu M, LITTLEWOOD DTJ, WAESCHENBACH A, Gasser RB (2008) Using 454 technology for long-PCR based sequencing of the complete mitochondrial genome from single Haemonchus contortus (Nematoda). BMC Genomics, 9 (1): 11 - 11. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-9-11

Jex AR, WAESCHENBACH A, LITTLEWOOD DTJ, Hu M, Gasser RB (2008) The mitochondrial genome of Toxocara canis. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 2 (8)doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000273

WAESCHENBACH A, WEBSTER BL, BRAY RA, LITTLEWOOD DTJ (2007) Added resolution among ordinal level relationships of tapeworms (Platyhelmithes: Cestoda) with complete small and large subunit nuclear ribosomal RNA genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 45 (1): 311 - 325. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2007.03.019

BRAY RA, Cribb TH, WAESCHENBACH A, LITTLEWOOD DTJ (2007) A new species of Stephanostomum Looss, 1899 (Digenea: Acanthocolpidae) with a bizarre oral sucker: S adlardi sp.nov. from the common coral trout Plectropomus leopardus (Lacepede, 1802) (Perciformes, Serranidae) from Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef. Acta Parasitologica, 52 (3): 206 - 212. doi: 10.2478/s11686-007-0025-0

Palm H, WAESCHENBACH A, LITTLEWOOD DTJ (2007) Genetic diversity in the trypanorhynch cestode Tenticularia coryphaenae Bosc, 1797: evidence for a cosmopolitan distribution and low host specificity in the teleost intermediate host. Parasitology Research, 101 (1): 153 - 159. doi: 10.1007/s00436-006-0435-1

WAESCHENBACH A, Telford MJ, Porter JS, LITTLEWOOD DTJ (2006) The complete mitochondrial genome of Flustrellida hispida and the phylogenetic position of Bryozoa among the Metazoa. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 40 (1): 195 - 207. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2006.03.007

Highlighted publications

Caira JN, Jensen K, Waeschenbach A, Olson PD, Littlewood DTJ (2014) Orders out of chaos – molecular phylogenetics reveals the complexity of shark and stingray tapeworm relationships. International Journal for Parasitology, 44 (1): 55 - 73. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2013.10.004

WAESCHENBACH A, WEBSTER BL, LITTLEWOOD DTJ (2012) Adding resolution to ordinal level relationships of tapeworms (Platyhelminthes: Cestoda) with large fragments of mtDNA. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 63 (3): 834 - 847. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2012.02.020

WAESCHENBACH A, TAYLOR PD, LITTLEWOOD DTJ (2012) A molecular phylogeny of bryozoans. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 62 (2): 718 - 735. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.11.011

Schärer HL, LITTLEWOOD DTJ, WAESCHENBACH A, Yoshida W, Vizoso DB (2011) Mating behaviour and the evolution of sperm design. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA, 108 (4): 1490 - 1495. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1013892108

WAESCHENBACH A, COX CJ, LITTLEWOOD DTJ, Porter JS, TAYLOR PD (2009) First molecular estimate of cyclostome bryozoan phylogeny confirms extensive homoplasy among skeletal characters used in traditional taxonomy. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 52 (1): 241 - 251. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2009.02.002