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Parasites of Marine Animals

Target Audience: Undergraduate Student
Graduate Student

Institution: University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab

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Course Description: Parasites of Marine Animals is an intensive laboratory- and field-oriented course that introduces students to the extensive biodiversity of coastal and marine parasitic animals (viruses, protozoans, helminths, some obscure worm-like groups, and crustaceans). The course is intended to give an appreciation for the fantastic evolutionary success of parasitism evidenced by the extraordinary diversity and natural abundance of parasites, which are all around us. The course provides the rare opportunity for students to collect and observe live parasites. Students will learn techniques for preserving and preparing specimens, as well as how to identify parasites from major groups to the generic level. Lectures emphasize parasite interrelationships, taxonomy, life histories, ecology, and importance in aquaculture. The course is intended for students interested in ecology and evolution at the undergraduate and graduate level. Prerequisites: Two semesters of biology or permission of instructor. COA 453/553, 453L/553L: Parasites of Marine Animals, six credit hours (3/3)

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Scholarships, Fellowships, Associated with the Course: A limited number of assistantships and scholarships are available to qualifying students attending the GCRL Summer Field Program. For more information, contact us at

Funding Source: Other

How to Apply: Fill out online application at

Application Closing Date: 04/13/2018

Course Begins: 2018-07-02

Course Ends: 2018-07-27


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