Robert Poulin (zoologist)

Robert Poulin is an evolutionary ecologist specialising in the ecology of parasitism. He is a professor of zoology at the University of Otago.


Robert Poulin grew up in Canada, taking his bachelor's degree in aquatic biology at McGill University, Montreal and gaining his doctorate at Université Laval, Quebec City. He became a researcher in Quebec.[1] He moved to New Zealand in 1992, where he is a professor of zoology, leading a research group studying parasite ecology at the University of Otago.[2]

He has written numerous papers and book chapters: his Evolutionary Ecology of Parasites has been cited at least 1671 times; his co-written Parasites in food webs: the ultimate missing links has been cited over 500 times; his Parasite Biodiversity and four other works have each been cited over 400 times; 12 other works have been cited over 200 times each. In all he has been cited at least 26,899 times, with an h-index of 81 and an i10-index of 431.[3]

Poulin is married with two sons.[1]

Awards and Distinctions

Poulin became a Fellow of the New Zealand Royal Society in 2001, and won the New Zealand Association of Scientists' Research Medal the same year.[1] In 2002 he was awarded a James Cook Research Fellowship] by the Royal Society.[1] In 2007 he won the Robert Arnold Wardle Award of the Canadian Society of Zoologists.[1] In 2011 he won the Hutton Medal of the New Zealand Royal Society.[1] He was awarded the University of Otago's Distinguished Research Medal in 2013.[1]

The North African tortoise pinworm Tachygonetria poulini is named for him.[1]



  • Poulin, R., & Morand, S. (2004). Parasite biodiversity. Smithsonian Books.
  • Poulin, R. (2007) [1998]. Evolutionary ecology of parasites (2nd ed.). Princeton University Press. (1st ed. Chapman and Hall)


  • Poulin, R., Morand, S., & Skorping, A. (Eds.). (2000). Evolutionary Biology of Host-Parasite Relationships: Theory meets Reality. Elsevier.
  • Poulin, R. (Ed.). (2002). Parasitology - Parasites in Marine Systems (Supplement, No. 124, Parasitology). Cambridge University Press.
  • Morand, S., Krasnov, B. R., & Poulin, R. (Eds.). (2006). Micromammals and macroparasites: From evolutionary ecology to management. Springer, 647p.


  1. Dougherty, Ian. "The accidental parasitologist". University of Otago Magazine. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  2. "Professor Robert Poulin". University of Otago. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  3. "Robert Poulin". Google Scholar. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
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