Stephen S. Curran
Phone: 872-4237 or 818-8877
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
- Ph.D. in Coastal Sciences, The University of Southern Mississippi (2006)
Dissertation title: Taxonomy and systematics of some freshwater and coastal trematodes from fishes on the Atlantic Rim.
- M.S. in Zoology, University of Connecticut (1996)
Thesis title: Some aspects of the biology of Aspidogaster conchicola, a parsite in freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae) from North America.
- B.S. in Biological Sciences, University of Connecticut (1992)
- (November 2006–present)
Post-Doctoral Fellow, The University of Southern Mississippi. Responsible for monographing chalcinotrematine haploporid trematodes using morphological taxonomic techniques; examining evolutionary relationships of haploporids using comparison of ribosomal DNA sequence fragments; collecting and examination of trematode parasites; and training graduate students, undergraduates and interns in collection of invertebrates, vertebrates, parasites, and taxonomy.
- (December 1996–August 2000)
Research Technician for Dr. Robin M. Overstreet, The University of Southern Mississippi. Responsible for collecting, preserving and identifying various invertebrates, vertebrates and parasites; writing taxonomic papers; presenting research at societal meetings and workshops; investigating various trematode life cycles using infection experiments and molecular analyses; assisting with the development and training of graduate students; assisting Dr. Overstreet with reviewing journal articles (Systematic Parasitology, Comparative Parasitology, Journal of Parasitology, Caribbean Journal of Science); maintaining laboratory and field collecting supplies; assisting visiting scientists with local collections and identifications; working on research boats; and conducting local, national and international field collections.
- (June 1993–May 1994)
Research Assistant for Dr. Janine N. Caira, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut.
Responsible for collecting cestodes from sharks and rays; preparing cestodes for histological and microscopic examination; identifying parasites; maintaining alcoholic specimens; and assisting with collections for an NSF funded survey of metazoan parasites of elasmobranchs from the Gulf of California, Summer 1993.
- (June 1992–June 1993)
Research Technican for Dr. Robert B. Whitlatch, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut.
Responsible for collecting, preserving and identifying marine invertebrates from deep-sea, continental shelf and estuarine benthic sediment samples.
Taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, and evolution of Digeneans.
- Co-Instructor, The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (Summer 2007): Marine Invertebrate Biology.
- Intern Instructor, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (June-August 2007).
- Intern instructor, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (June-August 2003).
- Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Connecticut: Animal Parasitology (Spring 1995), Introductory Biology for Majors (Fall 1994).