Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology

The study of the physiology and ecology of animals that don't have backbones, ranging from worms to sea stars, and of parasites, which can often provide insights into complex ecosystems. (Sea star photo courtesy of Gerwick Lab.)


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Centers, Labs, and Projects

Benthic Invertebrate Collection
Supports scientific research by providing specimens for study on the taxonomy, evolution, and ecology of benthic invertebrates.
Burton Lab
We take advantage of molecular genetic approaches to examine diverse questions in ecology and evolution.
Hechinger Lab
We work to better understand parasites and parasitism, and to use them to enhance general ecological, evolutionary, and behavioral science.
We study the phylogeny and systematics of marine animal groups such as annelids and crinoid echinoderms.