Laura Nagel

I am a Program Associate in the Department of Biology at Queen's University (Kingston, Canada).  I teach in Biol 302,303,111 (Ecology) and in Biol 321 (Animal Behaviour).
My research focuses on the role of natural selection during the process of adaptation in wild populations of animals. I am especially interested in the fitness impacts of parasites and host adaptive responses.
My PhD research was on evolutionary divergence in a common ectoparasite of coral reef fishes. My MSc in Zoology is from the University of British Columbia (Thesis title: The parallel evolution of reproductive isolation in threespine sticklebacks) and my BSc in Biology is from the University of Toronto.  My postdoctoral work has been conducted at Carleton University and at the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

Nagel, L., J. Mlynarek and M.R. Forbes. 2014. Comparing natural parasitism and resistance with proxies of host immune response in Lestid damselflies. 2014. Ecological Parasitology and Immunology DOI: 10.4303/epi/235884

Mlynarek, J., L. Nagel, A. Iserbyt and M.R. Forbes. 2014. Constitutive measures of immunity do not explain resistance across damselfly-water mite associations. PLOS one DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0115539

Southcott, L., L. Nagel, T. Hatfield and D. Schluter. 2013. Components of premating isolation in threespine sticklebacks. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 
110: 466–476.

Nagel, L., J. Mlynarek and M.R. Forbes. 2011. Immune response to nylon filaments in two damselfly species that differ in their resistance to ectoparasitic mites.  Ecological Entomology 36: 736-743

Nagel, L., M. Zanuttig and M.R. Forbes. 2011. Escape of mites from host predators. Canadian Journal of Zoology 89: 213-218

Nagel, L., M. Zanuttig and M.R. Forbes. 2010. Selection on mite engorgement size affects mite spacing, host damselfly flight and host resistance. Evolutionary Ecology Research 12: 633-652

Nagel, L., T. Robb and M.R. Forbes. 2010. Inter-annual variation in prevalence and intensity of mite parasitism relates to the expression of damselfly resistance. BMC Ecology 10:5

Nagel, L., T. Robb and M.R. Forbes. 2009. Parasite-mediated selection amidst marked inter-annual variation in mite parasitism and damselfly life history traits. Ecoscience 16 (2): 265-270

Nagel, L. 2009. The role of vision in host-finding behaviour of the nocturnal ectoparasite Gnathia falcipenis (Crustacea: Isopoda). Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology 42: 31 - 42 

Nagel, L., R. D. Montgomerie and S. Lougheed. 2008. Evolutionary divergence in common marine ectoparasites Gnathia spp. (Isopoda: Gnathiidae) on the Great Barrier Reef: phylogeography, morphology and behaviour. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 94:569-587

Day, T, L. Nagel, M. vanOppen and M.J. Caley. 2008. Factors affecting the evolution of bleaching resistance in corals. The American Naturalist 171(2): E72-E88 

Jones C.M., L. Nagel, G.L. Hughes, T.H. Cribb and A.S. Grutter. 2007. Host specificity of two species of Gnathia (Isopoda) determined by DNA sequencing blood meals. International Journal for Parasitology 37:927-935

Nagel, L. and A.S. Grutter. 2007. Host preference and specialization in Gnathia sp., a common parasitic isopod of coral reef fish. Journal of Fish Biology 70: 497-508

Nagel, L. and S. Lougheed. 2005. Sequencing blood feeding marine parasites (Isopoda: Gnathiidae) can identify host fish to the species level. Journal of Parasitology 92 (3): 665-668

Rundle, H., L. Nagel, J. W. Boughman and D. Schluter. 2000. Natural selection and parallel speciation in sympatric threespine sticklebacks. Science 287:306-308

Nagel, L. and D. Schluter. 1998. Body size, natural selection and speciation in sticklebacks. Evolution 52: 209-218 

Nagel, L. 1995. Studying the origins of biodiversity. Global Biodiversity 5: 21-23

Schluter, D. and L. M. Nagel. 1995. Parallel speciation by natural selection. American Naturalist 146: 292-301