"Mysteries of a Pre-historic Affair: The Investigation of the Alligator-Parasite Relationship...

 

My passion in examining the alligator-parasite affair has brought me to Louisiana for the past three years, where I have been getting down and dirty (literally!) with alligators and their parasites to examine how they interact with one another, as well as how human and environmental alterations are impacting this relationship. My goal for my research is to bring new knowledge on probably one of the oldest host-parasite systems in the world that can provide new perspectives on wildlife and human immune systems and worm diseases, and at the same time illustrate how global disturbances are truly impacting ecosystems from the view of an archaic keystone predator and its significant other- its parasites."