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Biology of Animal Parasites - EEB 431

5 credits

Prerequisites: Two college courses in Biology and/or EEB; permission of instructor.

Requirements: BS, NS, PitE and EEB Field Experience, Lab

Meets: Tuesdays and Fridays

Instructor: Curt Blankespoor and Randall De Jong

Course Description

Many of the most notorious tropical human parasitic diseases (e.g., malaria, swimmer’s itch, hookworm, sleeping sickness) have closely-related sister species that infect Michigan wildlife. This provides us with a unique opportunity to study living models of human parasitic diseases in a field setting.

In this course, you will take an evolutionary and ecological approach to understanding parasites and infectious disease, including treatment and control strategies.