Dr Tommy Leung

Lecturer, School of Environmental & Rural Science

Tommy Leung

Phone: +61 2 6773 4083

Email: tleung6@une.edu.au

Twitter: @The_Episiarch

Qualifications

BSc (UTS) / PGDipSci (University of Otago) / PhD (University of Otago)

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions
  • Evolutionary significance of parasite life history
  • Comparative analysis of parasite macroecology
  • Components and interactions within parasite communities

Evolutionary Ecology of Parasitism Lab (More information on my research)

Behavioural and Physiological Ecology

Co-administrator and writer for the Parasite of the Day blog

For EVOL 211 students - the lyrics to "Word up, altruists (the evolution of altruism)"
Reading list (and maybe MP3?) coming soon...

Current Collaborations

Janet Koprivnikar, Parasite Ecologist - Ryerson University
Comparative analyses of parasite communities

Publications

2014 to present

Leung, T.L.F. (2014) Evolution: How a Barnacle Came to Parasitise a Shark. Current Biology 24: R564 - R566 

Leung, T.L.F. (2014). Fish as parasites: an insight into evolutionary convergence in adaptations for parasitism. Journal of Zoology. 294: 1-12.

2013

Leung, T.L.F. and Bates, A. (2013) More rapid and severe disease outbreaks for aquaculture at the tropics: implications for food security. Journal of Applied Ecology 50: 215-222.

2012

Leung T.L.F., King, K.C., and Wolinska, J. (2012) Escape from the Red Queen: an overlooked scenario in coevolutionary studies. Oikos. 121: 641–645.

Koehler, A.K., Springer, Y.P., Randhawa, H.S., Leung, T.L.F., Kenney, D.B. and Poulin, R. (2012) Genetic and phenotypic correlates of clone-level success and host specialization in a generalist parasite. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25: 66-79. 

2011

Poulin, R., and T.L.F. Leung. (2011) Body size, trophic level, and the use of fish as transmission routes by parasites. Oecologia, 166: 731-738.

Herbert S.M., Leung, T.L.F. and Bishop, P.J. (2011) Fluorescent probes as a tool for labelling and tracking the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 96: 169-174.

Leung, T.L.F., and R. Poulin. (2011) Small worms, big appetites: ratios of different functional morphs in relation to interspecific competition in trematode parasites. International Journal for Parasitology, 41: 1063-1068.

Poulin, R. and Leung, T.L.F. (2011) Latitudinal gradient in the taxonomic composition of parasite communities. Journal of Helminthology, 85: 228-233.

Koppel, E.M., Leung, T.L.F. and Poulin, R. (2011) The marine limpet Notoacmea scapha acts as a transmission sink for intertidal cercariae in Otago Harbour, New Zealand. Journal of Helminthology, 85: 160-163.

Leung, T.L.F. and Poulin, R. (2011) Intra-host competition between co-infecting digeneans within a bivalve second intermediate host: dominance by priority-effect or taking advantage of others? International Journal for Parasitology, 41: 449-454.

2010

Poulin, R. and Leung, T.L.F. (2010) Taxonomic resolution in parasite community studies: are things getting worse? Parasitology, 137: 1967-1973.

Leung, T.L.F., Keeney, D.B. and Poulin, R. (2010) Genetics, intensity-dependence, and host manipulation in the trematode Curtuteria australis: following the strategies of others? Oikos, 119:393-400.

Leung, T.L.F. and Poulin, R. (2010) Infection success of different trematode genotypes in two alternative intermediate hosts: evidence for intraspecific specialisation? Parasitology, 137:321-328. 

2009

Saldanha, I., Leung, T.L.F. and Poulin, R. (2009) Causes of intraspecific variation in body size among trematode metacercariae. Journal of Helminthology, 83: 289-293.

Leung, T.L.F., Donald, K.M., Keeney, D.B., Koehler, A.V., Peoples, R.C. and Poulin, R. (2009) Trematode parasites of Otago Harbour soft-sediment intertidal ecosystems: life cycles, ecological roles and DNA barcodes. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 43: 857-865.

Thieltges, D.W., Saldanha, I., Leung, T.L.F. and Poulin, R. (2009) Contribution of parasites to intra- and inter-site variation in shell morphology of a marine gastropod. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 89: 563-568.

Leung, T.L.F., Poulin, R. and Keeney, D.B. (2009) Accumulation of diverse parasite genotypes within the bivalve second intermediate host in the digenean Gymnophallus sp. International Journal for Parasitology, 39: 327-331.

Leung, T.L.F., Keeney, D.B. and Poulin, R. (2009) Cryptic species complexes in manipulative echinostomatid trematodes: when two become six. Parasitology, 136: 241-252. 

2008

Leung, T.L.F. and Poulin, R. (2008) Parasitism, commensalism, and mutualism: exploring the many shades of symbioses. Vie et Milieu, 58: 107-115.

Leung, T.L.F. and Poulin, R. (2008) Size-dependent pattern of metacercariae accumulation in Macomona liliana: the threshold for infection in a dead-end host. Parasitology Research, 104: 177-180.

Leung, T.L.F., King, T.M., Poulin, R. and Keeney, D.B. (2008) Ten polymorphic microsatellite loci for the trematode Curtuteria australis (Echinostomatidae). Molecular Ecology Resources, 8:1046-1048.

Keeney, D.B., Lagrue, C., Bryan-Walker, K., Khan, N., Leung, T.L.F. and Poulin, R. (2008) The use of fluorescent fatty acid analogs as labels in trematode experimental infections. Experimental Parasitology, 120: 15-20.

Keeney, D.B., Boessenkool, S., King, T.M., Leung, T.L.F. and Poulin, R. (2008) Effects of interspecific competition on asexual proliferation and genetic diversity in larval trematode infections of snails. Parasitology, 135: 741-747.

Martorelli, S.R., Fredensborg, B.L., Leung, T.L.F. and Poulin, R. (2008) Four trematode cercariae form the New Zealand intertidal snail Zeacumantus subcarinatus (Batillariidae). New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 35: 73-84.

2007

Leung, T.L.F., Poulin, R. and Keeney, D.B. (2007) Ten polymorphic microsatellite loci for the trematode Gymnophallus sp. Molecular Ecology Notes, 7: 1039-1041.

Bryan-Walker, K., Leung, T.L.F. and Poulin, R. (2007) Local adaptation of immunity against a trematode parasite in marine amphipod population. Marine Biology, 152: 687-695.

Leung, T.L.F. andPoulin, R. (2007) Recruitment rate of gymnophallid metacercariae in the New Zealand cockle Austrovenus stutchburyi: an experimental test of the hitch-hiking hypothesis. Parasitology Research, 101: 281-287.

Leung, T.L.F. and Poulin, R. (2007) Interactions between parasites of the cockle Austrovenus stutchburyi: Hitch-hikers, resident-cleaners, and habitat-facilitators. Parasitology, 134: 247-255.

2006

Leung, T.L.F. and Poulin, R. (2006) Effects of the trematode Maritrema novaezealandensis on the behaviour of its amphipod host: adaptive or not? Journal of Helminthology, 80:271-275. 

2005

Poulin, R., Fredensborg, B.L., Hansen, E. and Leung, T.L.F. (2005) The true cost of host manipulation by parasites. Behavioural Processes, 68: 241-244.