Patrick M. Muzzall
- Biological — Fish — Physiology / Organismal Biology
- Biological — Aquatic Invertebrate — Physiology / Organismal biology
- Biological — Aquatic Amphibians and Reptiles — Physiology / Organismal Biology
Education / Outreach Target Audience
- Bachelors students
- Masters / PhD students
My research interests focus on parasitology and ichthyology, with a species interest in aquatic parasitology. My research has been in parasite taxonomy, and the ecology, host-parasite relationships, population biology, community diversity, and pathology of the hosts caused by the parasites. I am interested in the parasites and diseases of fish in nature as well as those raised in culture conditions in Michigan and the Great Lakes area. I am summarizing the parasites of fish in the Great Lakes and from the inland waters of Michigan. This work is establishing a taxonomic base of parasites of fish in the Great Lakes area. Once these parasitological data are compiled, they can be separated and analyzed by a variety of abiotic and biotic variables. I am also interested in the parasites of amphibians. Invertebrates (mollusks, amphipods, isopods, and mayfly larvae) are also being collected and examined for parasites, and the role they play as intermediate hosts for parasites is being investigated.