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Biographical entry Rohde, Klaus (1932 - )


30 March 1932
Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany


Klaus Rohde is known particularly for his work on the evolutionary ecology, zoogeography and phylogeny of marine parasites. This includes hypotheses on latitudinal gradients in species diversity, niche theory, the phylogeny of Platyhelminthes, and the taxonomy of trematodes and monogeneans. He was the first to supply quantitative evidence for the enormous species diversity of marine parasites in tropical (coral reef) waters, and for differences in latitudinal gradients between endo- and ectoparasites. He is a member of the editorial boards of Acta Parasitologica and Folia Parasitologica. Over 2,200 specimens of monogenean parasites of fishes collected by Rohde were donated to Queensland Museum in 1998. The genera Rohdea Kabata (1992) and Rohdella Deblock (2001) and numerous species were named in his honour.



Education - PhD, University of M√ľnster, Germany
1960 - 1967
Career position - Lecturer in Zoology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
1966 - 1967
Career position - President, Malaysian Society of Parasitology
1968 - 1970
Career position - Research Fellow, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
1970 - 1972
Career position - Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Parasitology, University of Queensland
Career position - Reader in Zoology, University of Khartoum, Sudan
1973 - 1976
Career position - Director, Heron Island Research Station, Queensland
Award - DSc, University of Queensland
1976 - 1978
Career position - Lecturer, Department of Zoology, University of New England
1978 - 1993
Career position - Associate Professor, Department of Zoology, University of New England
1979 - 1984
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Parasitology
Award - Fellow, Institute of Biology
Career position - Visiting Professor, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Award - Fellow, Australian Institute of Biology
Award - Fellow, Australian Society for Parasitology
1993 - 2001
Career position - Professor (Personal Chair), Department of Zoology, University of New England
1994 -
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Acta Parasitologica
1994 -
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Folia Parasitologica
Award - Clarke Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
Award - University of New England Vice-Chancellor's inaugural award for excellence in science
Career position - Professor Emeritus, University of New England

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  • Angus, B. M., Cannon, L. G. R. and Adlard, R. D., 'Parasitology and the Queensland Museum, with Biographical Notes on Collectors', Memoirs of the Queensland Museum: Nature, 53 (2007), 1-156. Details


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