Martin Adamson

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    BB.Sc., Ph.D., Guelph
    Diplôme d'Helminthologie, Paris
    Assistant Professor (1989)
    NSERC University Research Fellow, (1985-89)
    Maître Assistant, Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, Paris (1981-85)

My research concerns evolutionary biology of parasites with particular, but not exclusive reference to nematodes, and is a marriage of ecology and phylogenetic systematics. Morphological and molecular approaches to phylogeny are used.
Current projects focus on the following:
1. Origins of zooparasitic nematodes: We are using sequence of the 18s ribosomal genes to investigate the possible multiple origin of parasitic forms.
2. Ecology of species formation: We study differences among sympatric sibling species to determine factors that may be involved in speciation.
3. Community interactions: By censusof wild parasite communities and experimental manipulations of parasites in the laboratory colonies, we study interspecific and intraspecific effects that govern community structure. Our studies on the pinworm community of the American cockroach demonstrate intraspecific mechanisms that permit species packing in the absence of niche diversification.

Interspecific and intraspecific competition among pinworms in the hindgut of Periplaneta americana
J. Parasitol. 79: 50-56
Adamson, M.L. & S.J. Noble
Oedipal mating as a factor in sex allocation in haplodiploids
Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc., Ser. B.
Adamson, M.L. & D. Ludwig
Differentiation of Philonema spp. (Nematoda; Philometridae) in British Columbia salmonid fishes using DNA restriction fragment length differences
Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci.
Adamson, M.L., D.F. Clease & L. Margolis
Structure of the pinworm (Oxyurida; Nematoda) guild in the hindgut of the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana
Parasitology 104: 497-507
Adamson, M.L. & S.J. Noble
Taxonomic revision of the Thelastomatoidea (Oxyurida; Nematoda) of Arthropods 2. Travassoso-nematidae, Protrelloididae and Pseudonymidae
System. Parasit. 21: 169-188
Adamson, M.L. & D. Van Waerebeke
Haplodiploidy in the Oxyurida: decoupling the evolutionary processes of adaptation and speciation
Ann. Parasit. hum. Comp. 65, suppl. 1: 31-35
Adamson, M.L
Evolutionary biology of the Oxyurida (Nematoda); Biofacies of a haplodiploid taxon
Advances in Parasitology 28: 175-228
Adamson, M.L
Modes of transmission and evolution of life histories in zooparasitic nematodes
Can. J. Zool. 64: 1375-1384
Adamson, M.L