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Parasitology Field Trip 2007

EEB 4274: INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL PARASITOLOGY

Fall 2009


This is an introductory course of the survey type. Coverage includes the diversity of protozoan and metazoan groups with members that parasitize animals. There is some emphasis on groups of particular medical and/or economic importance. The lectures and labs emphasize knowledge of the biology of individual parasites. Some "principles of parasitism" are introduced in relation to groups of parasites that exemplify them particularly well.


Contents

Announcements

REVIEW SESSION for Exam 1: 11:30-2:30, Friday, October 2

Pdficon small.gifStudy Guide for Exam 1
Pdficon small.gif Exam from 2007


Trypanosoma brucei talk at UConn Health Center, Friday, October 23. Here is the flier for more details Pdficon small.gif

Meeting Times

Lecture: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9-9:50am in TLS 313
Lab Sections: Wednesday 1-4pm or 5-8pm in TLS 313


PARASITOLOGY FIELD TRIP to SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station

Depart: Friday, Sept. 25 at Noon
Return: Sunday, Sept. 27 at Noon


Required text

Foundations of Parasitology, 8th Edition. (2009) by Larry S. Roberts and John Janovy, Jr.


Please note: There is no formal laboratory manual for this course. You will be provided with laboratory handouts for each lab. Your textbook will serve as your formal laboratory reference. Please be sure to bring your textbook to lab each week.

Instructors

Dr. Janine Caira
Office: Torrey Life Sciences 483
Phone: 486-4060
E-mail: janine.caira@uconn.edu
Office hours: By appointment


Maria Pickering (teaching assistant)
Office: Torrey Life Sciences 480
Phone: 486-1882
E-mail: maria.pickering@uconn.edu
Office hours: Fridays, 10-11 am, and by appointment


Lecture Schedule

Date Topic Readings
Mon. Aug. 31 Introduction to Parasitology; Introduction to parasitic protozoans Chs. 1, 4, & 6
Wed. Sept. 2 Retortomonada; Chromista; Ciliophora; Rhizopoda Chs. 6, 10 & 7
Fri. Sept. 4 Parabasalia; Microspora Chs. 6 & 11
Mon. Sept. 7 LABOR DAY--NO CLASS
Wed. Sept. 9 Euglenozoa (Trypanosoma) Ch. 5
Fri. Sept. 11 NO CLASS (to make up for field trip)
Mon. Sept. 14 Euglenozoa (Trypanosoma) Ch. 5
Wed. Sept. 16 Euglenozoa (Leishmania); Dinoflagellata Ch. 5
Fri. Sept. 18 Introduction to Apicomplexa; Haemospororida Ch. 9
Mon. Sept. 21 Haemospororida Ch. 9
Wed. Sept. 23 Haemospororida; Piroplasmorida; Coccidiasina Chs. 9 & 8
Fri. Sept. 25 Coccidiasina (Depart for Field Trip 12:00 pm) Ch. 8
Mon. Sept. 28 Coccidiasina Ch. 8
Wed. Sept. 30 Gregarinasina Ch. 8
Fri. Oct. 2 Introduction to Platyhelminthes; minor platyhelminth groups Chs. 13 & 14
Mon. Oct. 5 LECTURE EXAM #1 (covers "protozoans")
Wed. Oct. 7 Introduction to Digenea; digenean life-cycles Ch. 15
Fri. Oct. 9 In-class group exercise: “protozoans”
Mon. Oct. 12 liver flukes Chs. 17 & 18
Wed. Oct. 14 liver flukes; lung flukes Chs. 17 & 18
Fri. Oct. 16 blood flukes Ch. 16
Mon. Oct. 19 Monogenea Ch. 19
Wed. Oct. 21 Introduction to Cestoda Ch. 20
Fri. Oct. 23 cestode life-cycles; non-human cestode groups Ch. 21
Mon. Oct. 26 Cestoda (Pseudophyllidea) Ch. 21
Wed. Oct. 28 Cestoda (Cyclophyllidea) Ch. 21
Fri. Oct. 30 LECTURE EXAM #2 (covers "platyhelminths")
Mon. Nov. 2 In-class group exercise: platyhelminths
Wed. Nov. 4 Introduction to Nematoda Ch. 22
Fri. Nov. 6 Nematoda (Rhabditea) Chs. 24, 25 & 26
Mon. Nov. 9 Nematoda (Rhabditea) Chs. 27, 29 & 30
Wed. Nov. 11 Nematoda (Enoplea) Ch. 23
Thurs. Nov. 12 EEB Dept Sem. 4 pm; BSP 130 (Dr. Kevin Lafferty: “The role of parasites in ecosystems”)
Fri. Nov. 13 Miscellaneous metazoan phyla Chs. 11, 31, & 32
Mon. Nov. 16 Introduction to Arthropoda; Crustacea Chs. 33, 34 & 35
Wed. Nov. 18 Acari (mites & ticks) Ch. 41
Fri. Nov. 20 NO CLASS (to make up for field trip)
Mon. Nov. 23 THANKSGIVING BREAK- NO CLASS
Wed. Nov. 25 THANKSGIVING BREAK- NO CLASS
Fri. Nov. 27 THANKSGIVING BREAK- NO CLASS
Mon. Nov. 30 Hexapoda (flies & fleas) Chs. 39 & 38
Wed. Dec. 2 Hexapoda (lice & bugs) Ch. 36
Fri. Dec. 4 In-class group exercise: nematodes and arthropods
Mon. Dec. 7 Parasite Ecology Ch. 2
Wed. Dec. 9 Evolution of Parasitism Ch. 2
Fri. Dec. 11 General Considerations Ch. 2

FINAL EXAM (PRELIMINARY DATE & TIME): Monday, December 16, 8-10 am =LECTURE EXAM #3 (1st hour) & COMPREHENSIVE ESSAY FINAL (2nd hour)

Lab Schedule

Date Lab Topic
Wed. Sept. 2 Lab 1 Introduction; Microscope use; Retortomonada; Chromista
Wed. Sept. 9 Lab 2 (w/o figures)Pdficon small.gif Ciliophora; Rhizopoda; Parabasalia; Microsporida
Wed. Sept. 16 Lab 3 Euglenozoa (Quiz #1- Labs 1 & 2)
Wed. Sept. 23 Lab 4 Apicomplexa I (Haemospororida; Piroplasmorida)
Fri. Sept. 25 - Sun. Sept. 27 FIELD TRIP! Field Parasitology at SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, Cooperstown, NY
Wed. Sept. 30 Lab 5 Apicomplexa II (Coccidiasina; Gregarinasina); (Quiz #2- Labs 3 & 4)
Wed. Oct. 7 Lab 6 Minor Platyhelminthes; Digenea I (general morphology and life cycle forms)
Wed. Oct. 14 Lab 7 LAB PRACTICAL #1 (Labs 1-6)
Wed. Oct. 21 Lab 8 Digenea II (liver, lung & blood flukes) (NOTEBOOKS due: Labs 1-6)
Wed. Oct. 28 Lab 9 Monogenea; Cestoda I (minor groups)
Wed. Nov. 4 Lab 10 Cestoda II (cyclophyllideans and pseudophyllideans); (Quiz #3- Labs 8 & 9)
Wed. Nov. 11 Lab 11 Nematoda I (Rhabditea)
Wed. Nov. 18 Lab 12 Nematoda II (remaining rhabditeans & Enoplea); Miscellaneous minor metazoan phyla; (Quiz #4- Labs 10 & 11)
Wed. Nov. 25 THANKSGIVING BREAK- NO LAB
Wed. Dec. 2 Lab 13 Arthropoda
Wed. Dec. 9 Lab 14 LAB PRACTICAL #2 (Labs 8-13); (NOTEBOOKS due: Labs 8-13); slide box check, etc.

Helpful and Interesting Links

Human Parasitology Tutorial

CDC site on Amebiasis

Malaria Differentiation Site

Life Cycles

TED Talk: Bill Gates on mosquitos, malaria, and education

Wild Leucochloridium Parasitizing a Snail Video!

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