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Building an integrated infrastructure for exploring biodiversity: field collections and archives of mammals and parasites

Kurt E Galbreath, Eric P Hoberg, Joseph A Cook, Blas Armien, Kayce C Bell, Mariel L Campbell, Jonathan L Dunnum, Altangerel T Dursahinhan, Ralph P Eckerlin, Scott L Gardner, Stephen E Greiman, Heikki Henttonen, F Agustin Jimenez, Anson VA Koehler, Batsaikhan Nyamsuren, Vasyl V Tkach, Fernando Torres-Perez, Albina Tsvetkova, Andrew G Hope



Museum specimens play an increasingly important role in predicting the outcomes and revealing the consequences of anthropogenically driven disruption of the biosphere. As ecological communities respond to ongoing environmental change, host-parasite interactions are also altered. This shifting landscape of host-parasite associations creates opportunities for colonization of different hosts and emergence of new pathogens, with implications for wildlife conservation and management, public health, and other societal concerns. Integrated archives that document and preserve mammal specimens along with their communities of associated parasites and ancillary data provide a powerful resource for inve..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This paper has its origins in the workshop in field parasitology that was held during the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists at Kansas State University. We extend our sincere appreciation to Dr. M. Dryden, Dr. B. Herrin, and the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine for hosting and providing facilities for the workshop. We also thank all the workshop participants, whose enthusiasm for learning parasitological methods bodes well for a future in which integrated collections of mammal-parasite assemblages become standard practice. The ideas and methods that we describe here have been influenced by numerous colleagues, including many whose participation in past NSF-funded field expeditions (to JAC and EPH: DEB 9972154, 0196095, 0415668, 1258010; to JAC and SLG: DEB 0717214; to SLG: BSR 8612329, 9024816; to KEG: DEB 1256943; to SEG: DBI 1523410) helped us to identify strategies for enhancing efficiency and productivity on the processing line. We appreciate their many contributions over the years. We additionally acknowledge support from FONDECYT to FT-P (1171280), from Sistema Nacional de Investigacion (SNI) SENACYT to BA, and from NSF-DUE 1564969 to FAJ. Additional support for this project was provided by the Kansas State Division of Biology to AGH and the Department of Biology and College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Michigan University to KEG. Finally, our work owes a great debt to Robert and Virginia Rausch, whose vision and leadership in advancing studies of mammals and their parasites provided us with an extraordinary legacy and continuing model for integrated research.