Parasites and climate change

September 6, 2017
Woman holding specimen jar and smiling

Paul Fetters for the Smithsonian Institution

Anna J. Phillips, research zoologist and curator of the National Parasite Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, with Taenia saginata, the beef tapeworm. The National Parasite Collection holds more than 20 million parasite specimens in connection with information about their geographic distribution and host animals. Phillips and a team of researchers drew on this collection to analyze the impact of climate change on parasite biodiversity in the 21st century. Their findings are published in the Sept. 6 issue of Science Advances.

Paul Fetters for the Smithsonian Institution

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