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USGS Scientist Recognized for Research Achievements in Parasitology

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Kevin Lafferty
Above: Kevin Lafferty surveying sea otters off Point Conception. Photograph by J. Altstatt (Science Director, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper). [larger version]

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Kevin Lafferty has been selected by the American Society of Parasitologists (ASP) as the 2009 Henry Baldwin Ward Medalist for outstanding contributions to the field of parasitology. The award recognizes Lafferty for "bringing parasites to the forefront of ecological research." Lafferty's efforts have extended" the perception of parasites beyond the role of mere pathogens to major players in food-web dynamics and energy transport in ecosystems." This midcareer research achievement award will be presented during the ASP 2009 annual meeting, August 14-17, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Lafferty is a marine ecologist with the USGS Channel Islands Field Station and an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which provides his office and laboratory space. Lafferty's main interest is in how parasites affect ecosystems and, in turn, how ecosystems affect parasites. He also conducts research on the conservation of marine resources—investigating strategies for protecting endangered shorebirds, fish, and abalone—and has assessed the effects of marine reserves.

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