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Research topics

Our main research focuses on macroevolution particularly on the relative contributions of biotic interactions (e.g., parasitism) and abiotic factors (e.g., climate) in driving large-scale patterns in the evolution of life. Other interests are quantitative methods in paleontology and paleobiology in general. Our main tools for these purposes range from body fossils of marine invertebrates including mollusks and helminths to trace fossils and paleopathologies. Our current project focuses on the impact of climate warming and extinction on parasite-host interactions and disease.



Mulvey, Laura PA; Warnock, Rachel CM; De Baets, Kenneth

Where traditional extinction estimates fall flat: using novel cophylogenetic methods to estimate extinction risk in platyhelminths Journal Article

In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 289, no. 1981, pp. 20220432, 2022.

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Okamura, Beth; Gruhl, Alexander; De Baets, Kenneth

Evolutionary Transitions of Parasites between Freshwater and Marine Environments Journal Article

In: Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 62, no. 2, pp. 345–356, 2022, ISSN: 1540-7063.

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