Dr Kayla Christina King

Biological Sciences
Associate Professor in Parasite Biology, Department of Zoology, Tutor in Biology, Christ Church


BSc, MSc, PhD

Academic Background

I studied for a BSc in ecology and environmental biology at the University of British Columbia (2001-2004). I then moved to Montreal for two years to earn an MSc in parasitology at Concordia University (2004-2006). Subsequently, I moved to Indiana University in the US to earn my PhD in evolutionary biology and genetics (2006-2011). I was then awarded a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship to work at the University of Liverpool (2011-2013) before moving to Oxford. I am appointed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology and Tutor of Biology at Christ Church.

Undergraduate Teaching

Evolutionary Biology, Host-Parasite Interactions

Research Interests

Evolutionary Biology, Host-Parasite Interactions

Publications include:

Betts, A., Gray, C., Zelek, M., Maclean, R.C., King, K.C. 2018. High parasite diversity accelerates host adaptation and diversification. Science 360, 907-911.       

Ford, S.A., Kao, D., Williams, D., King, K.C. 2016. Microbe-mediated host defence drives the evolution of reduced pathogen virulence. Nature Communications 7, 13430.

Parratt, S.R., Frost, C.L., Schenkel, M.A., Rice, A., Hurst, G.D.D.*, King, K.C.* 2016. Superparasitism drives heritable symbiont epidemiology and host sex ratio in a wasp. PLoS Pathogens 12, e1005629

King, K.C., Brockhurst, M.A., Vasieva, O., Paterson, S., Betts, A., Ford, S.A., Frost, C.L., Horsburgh, M., Haldenby, S., Hurst, G.D.D. 2016. Rapid evolution of microbe-mediated protection against pathogens in a worm host. The ISME Journal 10, 1915–1924.

Brockhurst, M.A., King, K.C. 2012. Coevolution. Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology. Eds. Gibson, D. New York: Oxford University Press.

King, K.C., Jokela, J., Lively, C.M. 2011. Parasites, sex, and clonal diversity in natural snail populations. Evolution 65: 1474-1481.

King, K.C., McLaughlin, J.D., Boily, M., and Marcogliese, D.J. 2010. Effects of agricultural landscape and pesticides on parasitism in native bullfrogs. Biological Conservation 143, 302-310.

King, K.C., Delph, L.F., Jokela, J., and Lively, C.M. 2009. The geographic mosaic of sex and the Red Queen. Current Biology 19, 1438-1441.


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