IUCN COMMISSION GROUP

IUCN SSC Parasite Specialist Group

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Overview and description

Description:

Parasites are vulnerable to extinction and play important roles in ecosystems, but there are very few existing conservation policies or programs that focus on parasite conservation at any level of ...

Parasites are vulnerable to extinction and play important roles in ecosystems, but there are very few existing conservation policies or programs that focus on parasite conservation at any level of governance. Therefore, improved education and communication are critical for parasite conservation. This group focuses on metazoan parasites that use vertebrate animal hosts. Taxonomically, this group includes parasitic worms (Cestoda; Trematoda; Acanthocephala; Nematoda; Hirudinea), parasitic insects (Phthiraptera; Siphonaptera; Hippoboscoidea; Oestridae; Polyctenidae; Cimicidae), and parasitic arachnids (Ixodida; vertebrate parasitic acari -e.g., Spinturnicidae, Trombiculidae-).

Group leadership

Dr Skylar HOPKINS

Co-Chair

Skylar Hopkins is an Assistant Professor at NC State University, where she researches parasite and disease ecology to better understand how parasites are maintained in complex ecological systems. Her ...

Skylar Hopkins is an Assistant Professor at NC State University, where she researches parasite and disease ecology to better understand how parasites are maintained in complex ecological systems. Her research falls under the One Health umbrella and aims to simultaneously safeguard or improve the health of people, animals, and ecosystems.

Dr Mackenzie KWAK

Co-Chair

Mackenzie Kwak is a parasitologist based at Hokkaido University (Japan) where his research focuses on the ecology and conservation of parasites, systematics and species discovery, as well as zoonotic ...

Mackenzie Kwak is a parasitologist based at Hokkaido University (Japan) where his research focuses on the ecology and conservation of parasites, systematics and species discovery, as well as zoonotic diseases and human health. He has a particular passion for ectoparasites, primarily ticks, mites, and fleas. 

At a glance

Official name:
IUCN SSC Parasite Specialist Group
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