The "faces" of parasites

 

Parasites are the focus of two new exhibits on the sixth floor of the KU Natural History Museum. 

Parasite 1While one exhibit deals with the common parasites that affect humans, the other shows artful colorized electron microsope images of the parasites of sharks and rays. Dubbed “the faces of parasites,” the exhibit combines LED panels  with large scale photographs to show parasite morphology (characteristics) in a dramatic manner. The exhibit is on view now at the museum. 

All specimens in the exhibit are the research project of Dr. Kirsten Jensen, curator of invertebrate zoology. Jensen studies the host associations and geographic distributions of parasites in marine ecosystems – especially the tapeworms of sharks and stingrays.

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