Many copepod species have independently adapted to a parasitic way of life using a wide range of animals as hosts. How patterns of new host use develop in copepods is largely unknown.
We are researching:
- host use patterns, by measuring and comparing the range of hosts used by different parasite groups
- examples of major host-switching events, where different groups are suddenly colonised
- the invasion of alien parasites through the Suez Canal, switching from Red Sea to Mediterranean fish species
- the diversity of parasites in Northern European marine waters, including the description of many new species and genera of parasites from polychaete and molluscan hosts in UK waters