Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
BS (Honours - Biology), BA (Music)
MS - Parasitology
PhD - Molecular ecology and phylogenetics of freshwater trematode parasites
Introductory Parasitology (lecture and lab)
Molecular Ecology of Parasites (independent study)
Biodiversity and Sustainability (lecture)
Research and Teaching
- Ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions.
Dr. Olwyn Friesen, Weston postdoc
Ashley Pidwerbesky, MSc
Emma Rempel, MSc
Jillian Detwiler studies the ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions. She earned a B.S. (Biology), B.A. (music), and M.S. (parasitology) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her Ph.D. at Purdue University focused on the molecular ecology and phylogenetics of freshwater trematode parasites. During her postdoctoral work at Texas A&M University, she investigated how the interplay between transmission and mating systems influenced parasite inbreeding.
Dr. Detwiler joined the University of Manitoba in 2013. Her research uses theory and techniques from ecology and evolutionary biology to understand the factors that influence host-parasite interactions. She integrates field and experimental data with ecological, phylogenetic, and population genetic analyses to reveal novel insights into parasite biodiversity, host specificity, and transmission.
In particular, her research program is aimed at:
1) Discovering parasite biodiversity: New species and genetic lineages of wildlife parasites
2) Performing integrative taxonomy to accurately identify species, particularly trematode parasites and freshwater snails
3) Identifying ecological and behavioural influences on host specificity in trematode-parasite systems. The lab is especially focused on how parasites modify the
behaviour of their intermediate hosts and understanding the mechanistic role of signaling molecules (oxylipins).