Faunal Surveys

Clayton-Bush Lab Field Sites
Survey Map Field Sites

It is estimated that there are at least 5 million species on Earth. Of these, only 1.5 million are known to science. New species of birds, mammals, reptiles, frogs, etc. are still being described.  (See: Top10Species.org  insert link to: http://www.top10species.org/ ).  In the last fifteen years the number of known frogs has increased from 4000 to 5400. A majority of the unknown animal species, however, are small organisms like insects. Insects are an incredibly diverse group, with over 750,000 described species. Conservative estimates predict over 1.5 million insects remain unknown.

Deforestation and other human impacts on the environment threaten known and unknown species alike. One main goal of faunal surveys is to document the presence of species before it is too late. Research in our lab indicates that parasites are even more susceptible to habitat loss than their hosts, meaning that "too late" may come especially soon for parasites. PDF

In addition to our own field-work on parasites, we collaborate with ornithologists, mammalogists, herpetologists, and parasitologists involved in faunal studies worldwide. 

Faunal Survey Projects
Current and recent faunal survey projects include surveys of parasites of the Philippines, Nordic Countries, and Southern China.

Chewing Lice on Songbirds in Nordic Countries


Biotic Survey of Philippine Land Vertebrates and their Parasites


Biotic Surveys and Inventories of Southern China