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Scott D. Snyder, PhD
Teaching FieldsBiology II, parasitology
Research InterestsMy research interests are broad and encompass parasite biodiversity, parasite biogeography and host-parasite coevolution. I examine these aspects of biology by focusing on the parasites of turtles, specifically Australian turtles. Dr. Vasyl Tkach and I have been funded by the National Science Foundation to examine parasite biodiversity in Australian turtles. We are currently collecting parasites, identifying the few that are known, and describing the species that are new to science. As our biodiversity research proceeds we conduct evolutionary examinations of Australian turtle parasites and other turtle worms from around the world. These evolutionary examinations use morphological, molecular and life history information and I am keenly interested in the role of hosts in driving parasite cladogenesis. My approach combines field work, microscopy, experimental biology and molecular techniques and is very amenable to student participation.
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