Galapagos mockingbird ectoparasites

An image of a Galapagos mockingbird parasite.

Pediculus humanus, a parasite of Galapagos mockingbirds

This two year project is looking at the co-evolution and biogeography of the lice and mites found on Galapagos mockingbirds.

Populations of Galapagos mockingbirds have dropped dramatically since they were first described by Charles Darwin in 1835.

As parasites are directly affected by the number of mockingbirds, genetic data obtained from this research will help measures to conserve and reintroduce mockingbird populations.