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Susana Ferreira

Project C4: Intrinsic and extrinsic determinants of helminth parasite infection in juvenile spotted hyenas

Susana Ferreira
Image Credit: Susana Ferreira/ IZW

Member: October 2015 - August 2019

Research interest

Develop non-invasive immunological methods for free-ranging animals; Investigate key factors modulating parasite infections of spotted hyenas; Analyse the impacts of parasite infections on fitness in the spotted hyenas.

Title of PhD project
Intrinsic and extrinsic determinants of helminth parasite infection in female spotted
hyenas

Supervisors
Dr. Marion East and Prof. Heribert Hofer

Ferreira SCM, Veiga MM, Hofer H, East ML, Czirják Á. (2021).
Noninvasively measured immune responses reflect current parasite infections in a wild carnivore and are linked to longevity.
Ecol Evol 00:1-15. doi: 10.1002/ece3.7602.


Ferreira SCM, Hofer H, Madeira de Carvalho L, East ML. (2019).
Age-specific gastrointestinal parasite shedding in free-ranging cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) on Namibian farmland.
Ecol Evol 9:8783-99. doi: 10.1002/ece3.5431.


Ferreira SCM*, Torelli F*, Klein S, Fyumagwa R, Hofer H, Seeber F, Karesh WB, East ML. (2019).
High Toxoplasma gondii seroprevalence in free-ranging and captive African carnivores.
Int J Parasitol: Parasites and Wildlife 8:111-7. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijppaw.2018.12.007. *equal contribution


Seltmann A, Webster F, Martins Ferreira SC, Czirják GÁ*, Wachter B*. (2019).
Age-specific gastrointestinal parasite shedding in free-ranging cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) on Namibian farmland.
Parasitol Res 118:851-9. doi: 10.1007/s00436-018-6190-2. *equal contribution.


Heitlinger E*, Ferreira SCM*, Thierer D, Hofer H, East ML. (2017).
The intestinal eukaryotic and bacterial biome of spotted hyenas: The impact of social status and age on diversity and composition.
Front Cell Infect Microbiol 7: 262. doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2017.00262. *equal contribution.

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