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Steve Curran


Stephen S. Curran, Ph.D.

Phone: 228-872-4237
stephen.curran@usm.edu

Assistant Research Scientist
Division of Coastal Sciences
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Research and Teaching Interests:

I am an organismal biologist interested in the biodiversity of metazoan parasitic animals. I study their taxonomy using traditional microscopic and histological techniques and their genetic interrelationships and systematics using ribosomal DNA sequences. I also investigate the effects of extrinsic factors on aquatic environments by using parasite prevalence and abundance as a proxy for total biodiversity in aquatic communities and for assessing food web dynamics. I am also interested in the epidemiology of viral diseases of crustaceans.