Kyle D Gustafson, PI

Assistant Professor of Parasitology, Department of Biological Sciences

Curator of Mammals, Arkansas Center for Biodiversity Collections

Graduate students

Zachary Campbell

PhD Env. Sci. student

Population genetics of coyotes in Arkansas and the conservation genomics of the American Red Wolf

Taylor Fiedor

MSc Biology student

Biodiversity of aquatic snails and their trematodes in the Ozark and Ouachita National Forests of Arkansas

Maria Bollinger

MSc Biology student

Parasites and population genetics of Wood Frogs from the Ozarks of Arkansas

Sam Messinides

PhD Molec. Biosc. student

Community ecology of host-parasite interactions. Outdoor mesocosm experiments, individual-based immuno-genetic experiments.

Currently active undergraduate students

Faith Stephens

Renee Pye

Previous undergraduate students

Joseph Schroeder

Meghan Byrd
(Graduated 2024)

Benjamin Brown
(Graduated 2023)

Landen Ho
(Graduated 2023)

Laura Bean
(Graduated 2024)

Aiyana Dawson
(Graduated 2023)

Maria Bollinger (Graduated 2023)

Caleb LeGrand
(Graduated 2024)

Alexandra Parette
(Graduated 2024)

The Wildlife Society conference

The Gustafson Lab at the AR TWS conference at DeGray Lake State Park in 2022

Southwestern Association of Parasitologists conference

The Gustafson Lab (left) and an academic lineage at the 2023 SWAP conference at Lake Texoma

*Maria Bollinger won 2nd place in the undergraduate oral presentation competition

SWAP 2024!

We were lucky to have a conference this year after a pipe burst and took out the water and gas lines. Nonetheless, our amazing organizers got us all together. Here is a cherished photo of part of my academic family.

SWAP 2024 Awards

The Gustafson Lab came in hot at the 2024 SWAP meeting.

Sam (left) won the research grant, Taylor (middle) won runner up for best talk, Monica (co-author to which I'm a committee member) won best talk, Maria (right) had won the previous year.