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Dr. Marion East

Participating researcher in project C4: Intrinsic and extrinsic determinants of helminth parasite infection in juvenile spotted hyena: PhD students Susana Ferreira (C4-1), Miguel Veiga (C4-2).

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Evolutionary Ecology

Research interest:

  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Pathogen-Host Interactions

Krücken J, Czirják GÁ, Ramünke S, Serocki M, Heinricht SK, Melzheimer J, Costa MC, Hofer H, Aschenborn OHK, Barker NA, Capodanno S, Madeira de Carvalho L, von Samson-Himmelstjerna G, East ML, Wachter B. (2021).
Genetic diversity of vector‑borne pathogens in spotted and brown hyenas from Namibia and Tanzania relates to ecological conditions rather than host taxonomy.
Parasit Vectors 14:328. doi: 10.1186/s13071-021-04835-x.


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


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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