What do we do?

Population biology, Disease ecology and Wildlife Conservation

We use a combination of approaches to understand the complex relationships between animal populations and their parasites and pathogens. Whether working on birds in Galapagos, lemurs in Madagascar, monkeys in Peru, snakes in Armenia, or endangered beetles here in Missouri, USA, we use a variety of approaches to understand the histories of the vertebrate lineages and how they are using their current landscape, and then we do the same for their pathogens. Individual students may focus on a particular bird species to understand history, current structure and pathogens, or to focus on an insect vector with the same objectives, or to focus on an interaction between a vertebrate lineage and a vector or pathogen.

The results are relevant to both basic studies of host-parasite coevolutionary dynamics, and to applied conservation problems aiming to understand and control disease threats in wildlife populations.

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Patricia Parker, PhD




Dr. Patricia G. Parker

EMAIL: pparker@umsl.edu
PHONE: 314-516-7274 (office) 7277 (lab)


B.S. Zoology, 1975, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Ph.D. Biology (Behavioral Ecology) 1984, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Professional Experience:

2000-present: Des Lee Professor of Zoological Studies, UMSL, and Senior Scientist, Saint Louis Zoo
2002-2006, 2010-2014: Chair, Department of Biology, UMSL
1991-2000: Assistant and then Associate Professor, Ohio State University
1985-1991: Visiting Scholar, Research Scientist, Purdue University

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