Invertebrate Zoology Research
Major areas of research in Invertebrate Zoology are the parasites of sharks and rays, particularly tapeworms (Phylum Platyhelminthes: Class Cestoda), as well as the systematics, biodiversity, and biogeography of branchiopod crustaceans (Phylum Arthropoda: Class Branchiopoda).
Parasitologists have estimated that parasites comprise over half of all animal species. That said, many regions and ecosystems remain understudied for parasites, despite free-living groups having been routinely sampled; this is especially true for the marine environment.
The branchiopod crustaceans comprise approximately 500 species, primarily in aquatic habitats.