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Dan Huston


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  • Ph.D., 2015–2019. The University of Queensland

School of Biological Sciences
Gehrmann Building
University of Queensland


I’m interested in the biodiversity and complex life-cycles of parasitic organisms and the evolutionary forces which shaped them


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Often I wonder why I chose a path so ‘icky’, but I suppose it’s because I like to see the unseen. I study parasites because I’m curious about the nature of complex life-cycles and I admire the sublime intricacies of parasite evolution. In the UQ Marine Parasitology Laboratory, I’m exploring the systematics, host-specificity, biogeography and life-cycles of several lineages of digenetic trematodes, with a focus on those groups which infect herbivorous marine fishes as definitive hosts. Much of my field work is on the Great Barrier Reef, a dream location for a biologist who is interested in complex interactions among species. Although parasites contribute immensely to the biodiversity of ecosystems, they remain among the least known group of organisms. I hope that my PhD research will help counter this trend, by revealing the biodiversity of many understudied trematode lineages.



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Huston, DC, Cutmore, SC, and Cribb, TH (2019). An identity crisis in the Indo-Pacific: molecular exploration of the genus Koseiria (Digenea: Enenteridae). International Journal for Parasitology

Huston, DC, Miller, TL, Cutmore, SC, and Cribb, TH (2019). A new genus and species of the trematode family Gyliauchenidae Fukui, 1929 from an unexpected, but plausible, host, Kyphosus cornelii (Perciformes: Kyphosidae). Parasitology 146: 937–946.

Martin, SB, Huston, DC, Cutmore, SC, and Cribb, TH (2019). A new classification for deep-sea, opecoelid trematodes based on the phylogenetic position of some unusual taxa from shallow-water, herbivorous fishes off south-west Australia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 186: 385–413.


Huston, DC, Cutmore, SC and Cribb, TH (2018). Molecular systematics of the digenean community parasitising the cerithiid gastropod Clypeomorus batillariaeformis Habe & Kusage on the Great Barrier Reef. Parasitology International 67: 722–735

Huston, DC, Cutmore, SC and Cribb, TH (2018). Trigonocephalotrema (Digenea: Haplosplanchnidae), a new genus for trematodes parasitising fishes of two Indo-West Pacific acanthurid genera. Invertebrate Systematics 32: 759–773.

Huston, DC, Cutmore, SC and Cribb, TH (2018). Isorchis cannoni n. sp. (Digenea: Atractotrematidae) from Great Barrier Reef rabbitfishes and the molecular elucidation of its life cycle. Journal of Helminthology 92: 604–611.

Martin, SB, Cribb, TH, Cutmore, SC and Huston, DC (2018). The phylogenetic position of Choerodonicola Cribb, 2005 (Digenea: Opecoelidae) with a partial life cycle for a new species from the blue-barred parrotfish Scarus ghobban Forsskål (Scaridae) in Moreton Bay, Australia. Systematic Parasitology 95: 337–352.


Huston, DC, Cutmore, SC and Cribb, TH (2017). Molecular phylogeny of the Haplosplanchnata Olson, Cribb, Tkach, Bray and Littlewood, 2003, with a description of Schikhobalotrema huffmani n. sp. Acta Parasitologica 62: 502–512.


Cribb, TH, Bray, RA, Diaz, PE, Huston, DC, Kudlai, OS, Martin, SB, Yong, RQ-Y & Cutmore, SC (2016). Trematodes of fishes of the Indo-west Pacific: told and untold richness. Systematic Parasitology 93: 237–247.

Huston, DC, Cutmore, SC and Cribb, TH (2016). The life-cycle of Gorgocephalus yaaji (Digenea: Gorgocephalidae) with a review of the first intermediate hosts for the superfamily Lepocreadioidea. Systematic Parasitology 93:653–665.