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Talk to Focus on Parasites in Coastal Systems

Eastern mudsnails, shown here, are a current focal host of April Blakeslee’s research. She is scheduled to present March 19 at this month’s Science on the Sound at the Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese. Photo: CSI

Update March 12: Because of concern about COVID-19, university officials have canceled the March 19 “Science on the Sound” lecture, “to protect the community and slow the rate at which the virus is spreading.”

Original report follows below.

How do parasites benefit the coastal system? That question will be answered during the March 19 “Science on the Sound” lecture.

ECU Integrated Coastal Programs and the Coastal Studies Institute lecture host the monthly series that highlights information on coastal topics and issues in northeast North Carolina.

April Blakeslee

April Blakeslee, assistant professor in the Department of Biology at East Carolina University will present this month’s lecture on “Multi-host parasites: valuable conservation indicators in marine systems.”

Blakeslee will discuss her work on parasites and the important roles they play in coastal systems. The program begins at 6 p.m. March 19 at the Coastal Studies Institute located on the ECU Outer Banks Campus at 850 N.C. 345, Wanchese. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend the presentation. Admission is free of charge.

Blakeslee will discuss how parasites can be important conservation indicators and ongoing research that shows the importance of parasites for the ecology and conservation in coastal communities.

“While often thought of in a negative way, parasites can actually denote a healthy ecosystem,” according to CSI.

The program will be streamed live at and the online viewing audience will be able to ask the presenter questions via an online chat room.

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The story was compiled by staff members of Coastal Review Online.