- Undergraduate Education
- B.A. (Major in Biology) Eastern Washington University
- Graduate Education
- M.S. (Major in Biology) Eastern Washington University
- Ph.D., Zoology (Ecology/Parasitology) New Mexico State University
Karar, Yasser F. M., Charles K. Blend, Refaat M. A. Khalifa, Hemely Abdel-Shafy Hassan, Hoda S. Mohamadain and Norman O. Dronen. (2019) Re-examination of the phylogenetic relationships within the Gyliauchenidae Fukui, 1929 (Digenea) based on morphological and molecular evidence with a proposal for Paragyliaucheninae n. subfam. and a description of Flagellotrema convolutum Ozaki, 1936, Systematic Parasitology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11230-019-09868-6.
Blend, Charles K., Norman O. Dronen and Howard W. Armstrong. (2019) Occurrence of Podocotyle Dujardin, 1845 (Opecoelidae, Podocotylinae) in three species of deep-sea macrourids from the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea with an updated key to species and host-parasite checklist, Zootaxa, http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4638.4.3.
Garner, Kelsey L.*, Essa T. Mohammed, Charles K. Blend, Majid Bannai and Norman O. Dronen. (2019) Redescriptoin of Faustula gangetica (Srivastava, 1935) (Plagiorchiida: Faustulidae) in the Hilsa Shad, Tenualosa ilisha (Hamilton) (Clupeidae), from the Arabian Gulf off Irag, Comparative Parasitology, https://doi.org/10.1654/1525-2647-86.2.89.
Blend, Charles K., Yasser F.M. Karar and Norman O. Dronen. (2019) Case 3775 – Megaperidae Manter, 1934 and Apocreadiinae Skrjabin, 1942 (Platyhelminthes, Dienea): proposed re-establishment of precedence of the older family-group name, The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 76(1):23-27, https://doi.org/10.21805/bzn.v76.a008.
Sanchez, Sophia M., Liat Y. Goldstein and Norman O. Dronen. (2018) Diphyllobothrium stemmacephalum Cobbold, 1858 (Diphyllobothriidea) from common bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus (Montagu) from the Texas Gulf coast, USA, Zootaxa, https://doi.org.10.11646/zootaxa.4379.3.11.
About the Lab
My Laboratory of Parasitology’s research has historically emphasized parasite ecology and systematics of all classes of vertebrate hosts as well as invertebrate groups. Areas of general interest have been host/parasite population dynamics, utilization of trophic structures by helminthic parasites, biodiversity, systematics, comparative morphology, experimental life cycle determinations and descriptions, epidemiology and genetics. We maintain an active national and international collaborative program including research projects in China, Ukraine, India, Iraq, Japan, Egypt, South America, France and USA. The lab has hosted a number of studies concerning the parasites of endangered, threatened and uncommon hosts (e.g. pelicans, sea turtles, dolphins, Indonesian freshwater turtles).