Education in the Division of Parasites
Undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with the UNM Department of Biology are invited to conduct research in the Parasite division by coordinating with the Curator and Collections Manager. And our curator, Sam Loker, teaches Parasitolgy every Spring.
Through STEM sponsored summer courses, the division teaches students about the natural history, collection and preservation of parasites with a combined field and museum techniques course collecting larval parasites from aquatic snails.
Students have participated in NSF (schistosomes.net), NSF-REU, and NIH funded projects, field, laboratory and museum projects.
The collection also serves as lab material in biology courses, as well as educational material for K-12 schools, tours, general interest groups, to name a few.
Recently, the MSB collaborated with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on an exhibit called Out of the Cabinet that highlights rarely seen specimens from our collections and theirs. The Division of Parasites was featured in a display illustrating the lifecycle of the trematode Riberoria ondatrae.