Prof. Klaus Rohde


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Dr.rer.nat. (University of Münster, Germany) 1957
Habilitation (University of Bochum, Germany) 1970
D.Sc. (Queensland University) 1975
Personal Chair, University of New England, Armidale, 1993.
Professor Emeritus, University of New England, Armidale, 2001

Currently at Zoology, School of Environmental Sciences & Natural Resources Management, University of New England, Armidale, Australia


Previous positions: Research scientist in pharmaceutic industry, lecturer University of Malaya, research fellow University of Bochum, postdoctoral research fellow University of Queensland, Reader University of Khartoum Sudan, Director Heron Island Research Station, lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor University of New England.

Member of editorial boards (past and present): International Journal of Parasitology (1979-84), Diseases of Aquatic Organisms; Acta Parasitologica; Folia Parasitologica; Malaysian Journal of Science. Subject editor Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (1985-86).

Cooperative projects with scientists in the USA, England, Malaysia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Germany and Australia.


  • Fellow, Australian Society for Parasitology
  • President (1966/67) Malaysian Society of Parasitology
  • Fellow, Institute of Biology
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Biology
  • Member of the selection committee for the Bancroft-Mackerras Medal given for outstanding contributions to parasitology in Australia (1989-90 and 1996-)
  • Chairman of the selection committee for the Bancroft-Mackerras Medal (1990-91)
  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Science (University of New England), 1996
  • Member, Royal Society of New South Wales (elected 1996)
  • Chairman and co-chairman of sections at many international congresses and symposia
  • Clarke Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales (1996)

Hobbies: Drawing and painting, classical music, German literature, philosophy, history, travelling.

Research Interests:

  • Phylogeny of Platyhelminthes and other lower invertebrates using ultrastructure and DNA
  • Taxonomy and biology of parasitic Platyhelminthes, in particular Aspidogastrea and Amphilinidea
  • Ecology and zoogeography of marine parasites
  • General questions in evolutionary and ecological theory, in particular the evolutionary importance of interspecific competition and reinforcement of reproductive barriers
  • Latitudinal gradients in species diversity

Research grants: Research supported by Australian Research Council (ARC), University of New England, Nuffield Foundation, Antarctic Division, Australian Biological Resources Survey, Mexican Government, German Research Foundation.

Most Important Scientific Achievements

  • Contributions to our understanding of latitudinal gradients in species diversity (non-equilibrium explanations)
  • Contributions to the factors that determine community structure of parasites (non-equilibrium explanations)
  • Contributions to the phylogeny of Platyhelminthes
  • Ultrastructure of Aspidogastrea, Amphilinidea and other Platyhelminthes (reviewed in Advances in Parasitology vols.10 (1972),13 (1975),33 (1994)).

See Key Publications



  • Rohde, K. (1993). Ecology of Marine Parasites. 2nd edition. (1993) CAB - International (Commonwealth Bureaux of Agriculture), Wallingford, Oxon, U.K. 298 pp (Malay/Indonesian translation).

  • Rohde, K (ed.). (2005). Marine Parasitology, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne and CABI Publishing, Wallingford, Oxon. xxii +565 pp. ISBN: 1 84593 053 3.

  • Rohde, K. (2005). Nonequilibrium Ecology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 223 pp. Paperback: ISBN-10: 0521674557 | ISBN-13: 9780521674553. Hardback: ISBN-10: 0521854342 ISBN-13:9780521854344.




Contact Details


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Fax: +61 2 6773 3814


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