Anna J. Phillips

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Postdoctoral Associate

Office: TLS 478
Office Phone: (860) 486-1882


Mailing address:
75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3043
Storrs, CT 06269

Project: PBI: A Survey of Tapeworms from Vertebrate Bowels of the Earth
Advisor: Janine N. Caira

Research Interests

  • Systematics and evolution of avian cestodes (Cyclophyllidea: Paruterinidae, Metadilepididae)
  • Systematics and evolution of leeches (Arhynchobdellida: Hirudinidae, Macrobdellidae, Praobdellidae, Semiscolecidae)


PhD in Biology, May, 2011
The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY), New York, NY
Dissertation: A Phylogenetic Revision of the Medicinal Leeches of the World (Hirudinidae, Macrobdellidae, Praobdellidae)
Advisor: Mark E. Siddall

BS in Biology, May, 2006
Appalachian State University (ASU), Boone, NC

REU internship, Summer 2004
Project: Phylogenetic placement of the genus Philobdella in the leech family Macrobdellidae (Oligochaeta: Hirudinida: Arhynchobdellida).
Research Advisor: Mark E. Siddall


Moser, WE, DJ Klemm, AJ Phillips, SE Trauth, RG Neal, JW Stanley, JE Flotemersch. (2011) New Distribution Records of Philobdella gracilis Moore, 1901 (Hirudinida: Macrobdellidae). Comparative Parasitology 78(2): 387-391. DOI:

Siddall, ME, G-S Min, FM Fontanella, AJ Phillips, and SC Watson. (2011) Bacterial symbiont and salivary peptide evolution in the context of leech phylogeny. Parasitology 138(13): 1815-1827. DOI: 10.1017/S0031182011000539

Pdficon small.gif Phillips, AJ, JH Oosthuizen, and ME Siddall (2011) Re-description of Mesobdella lineata (Sciacchitano, 1959) (Hirudinida: Xerobdellidae). American Museum Novitates.

Oceguera-Figueroa, A, AJ Phillips, B Pacheco-Chaves, and ME Siddall (2011) Phylogeny of macrophagous leeches (Hirudinea, Clitellata) based on molecular and evaluation of the barcoding locus. Zoologica Scripta 40(2): 194-203. DOI: 10.1111/j.1463-6409.2010.00465.x

Pdficon small.gif Phillips, AJ, R Arauco-Brown, A Oceguera-Figueroa, GP Gomez, M Beltrán, and ME Siddall (2010) Tyrannobdella rex n. gen. n. sp. and the evolutionary origins of mucosal leech infestations. PLoS One 5(4): e10057. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0010057

Pdficon small.gif Phillips, AJ and ME Siddall (2009) Poly-paraphyly of Hirudinidae: many lineages of medicinal leeches. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9: 246. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-9-246

Phillips, AJ and ME Siddall (2005) Phylogenetic placement of the genus Philobdella in the leech family Macrobdellidae (Oligochaeta: Hirudinida: Arhynchobdellida). Zoologica Scripta 34: 559-564. DOI: 10.1111/j.1463-6409.2005.00210.x

Professional Affiliations

Association of Women in Science
Society for Systematic Biologists
American Society of Parasitologists
Willi Hennig Society
Association of Southeastern Biologists

Instructional Experience

Adjunct lecturer: Laboratory sections of Biology 101 (Fall 2010), Biology 102 (Fall 2006, 2011, Spring 2007), The City College of New York, CUNY

Substitute teacher: (2008-2011) Science Department (Middle and Upper Schools), The Spence School, New York, NY

Instructional Assistant: Honors “Biotechnology and Society” lecture (Spring 2006), Honors “Self and Society: Humans/Nature” seminar, ASU (Fall 2005)

Research assistant: Field Biology course for high school students (Summer 2006), Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics, ASU

Supplemental Instruction Leader: Introduction to Zoology (Fall 2003, 2004, Spring 2004), ASU

Tutor: Undergraduate introductory biology courses (Fall 2002, Spring 2003), ASU


Amalie Barrio, High School intern (July 2010 to July 2011) AMNH

Dominic Sankar, REU intern (Summer 2007) AMNH