Smythe and Fitzsimmons ’10 Present at Parasitology Conference

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Ashleigh Smythe and Kelly Fitzsimmons ’10 recently presented papers at the Helminthological Society of Washington meeting in Washington, D.C.  The Helminthological Society is the oldest parasitology society in the U.S. and this meeting coincided with the Society’s 100th anniversary.


Fitzsimmons presented her senior thesis research, conducted with co-advisors Smythe and Professor of Biology David Gapp, titled “Patterns of Leech Parasitism on Freshwater Turtles in Three Upstate New York Counties.” Fitzsimmons began a masters in parasite ecology this fall at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


Smythe presented research she conducted last year with Alyssa Kanagaki ’10 and Calvin Johnson ’10 titled “Helminth Parasites of Muskrats from Central New York.” Helminths are worms such as nematodes, trematodes and tapeworms, and Smythe and her current students are continuing the survey of parasites in muskrats this year.

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