AMCOP 70 Eastern Illinois University

The Orlofske Lab participated in this year’s Annual Midwestern Conference of Parasitologists. Dr. Orlofske served as the Presiding Officer, gave a presentation about using parasites in inquiry based laboratories and case studies to enhance undergraduate courses across the curriculum, and presented Grant Gagliardi and Alex Coomb’s award -winning CNR Symposium Poster because they were unable to attend the meeting. Fiona Georgousi presented a poster of her preliminary research on the diversity of trematode larval stages in Midwestern Wetlands. Jake Shurba also joined us at the conference. We had a great time meeting and networking with other parasitologists in the region and enjoyed all the presentations, symposium and keynote speakers.

Here are some photos from the Poster Session:





UWSP Museum of Natural History Collection Crawl


This year the Orlofske Lab participated in the UWSP Museum of Natural History 9th Annual Collection Crawl. In addition to opening up the behind – the – scenes view of the Stephen J. Taft parasitology collection, Jake Shurba, Brianna Dunbar, Dr. Orlofske and Fiona Georgousi (Left to Right in image above) helped adults and children of all ages with interactive displays. Some displays were created by the Animal Parasitology (BIOL 362) students as well as others from our research lab including a dissection demonstration station, live observations of larval parasites, and personalized views of research specimens with demos of slide making. We are already looking forward to a great event next year!


Behind the scenes of the museum collection!


Parasitologist for a day! Dissection demonstration station.

College of Natural Resources Symposium!

On April 6th 2018, Grant Gagliardi and Alex Coombs presented their independent research on the “Endoparasite load comparison throughout Wisconsin’s Duck Migration” at the UWSP College of Natural Resources Symposium. Both researchers did a fantastic job and were awarded Highest Honors for their poster presentation and Honorable Mention for their oral presentation.

Orlofske Lab @ UWSP!

The long over due announcement is here! The Orlofske lab is officially moving to the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point! We are super excited to be bringing our research  and teaching about the ecology and evolution of parasites to UWSP and will be providing further updates over the summer and fall as research continues and we start new scientific adventures!

AMCOP 69 – Wilmington College, Wilmington OH

Sarah was honored to present as the Banquet Speaker for this year’s AMCOP meeting in Wilmington, OH  June 8-10 and to be serving as the Presiding Officer for next year’s meeting at Eastern Illinois University.

Check out the web page and facebook page. It is a great group for students to get involved with and for everyone to connect with regional colleagues!

Student Successes!

Congratulations to Olivia Choi for successfully defending her Master’s Thesis this spring. Olivia will be starting her PhD at the University of Maine this Fall.

Congratulations are also in order for lab Alumni Alma Mendoza who will be starting the Post-baccalaureate Training in Infectious Diseases Research Program at University of Georgia this summer. Also, Anthony Carmona will be starting the Masters in Science Education program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Best wishes to all for their future research and professional success!