Dr. Chris McAllister, EOSC-Idabel Biology Professor and several colleagues conducted research in eastern Arkansas, June 27-July 2, 2014. These researchers were studying the helminth parasites of amphibians, reptiles, and fish of the region, a geographic area which had been lacking such studies. In addition, several leeches were obtained from various hosts which will extend our knowledge of that fauna of the Delta. Several interesting trematode (flatworm) parasites were found, including the possibility of new species.
Classical morphology as well as molecular DNA techniques will be used to investigate these parasites. This was the first of what will hopefully be an annual event involving internationally known parasitologists and ecologists of North America. Those that accompanied Dr. McAllister included Dr. Vasyl Tkach (Univ. of North Dakota), Steven Greiman (Ph.D. grad. student, UND), Dr. Stan Trauth (Ark. St. Univ.), Dr. Henry Robison (Southern Ark. Univ.), Matt Connior (South Ark. Comm. College-El Dorado), Dr. Renn Tumlison (Henderson St. Univ.), and T. J. Fayton (Ph.D. grad. student, Univ. Southern Miss).