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Thesis Abstract – Levin (2002)


Investigating the Malarial Parasite, Plasmodium mexicanum, in the Western Fence Lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis, at the Bernard Field Station

Author and college:

Noah M. Levin, Harvey Mudd College


May 1, 2002


Bachelor of Science in Biology


Stephen Adolph, Harvey Mudd College


The malarial parasite, Plasmodium mexicanum, causes a rather benign infection in the western fence lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis. In my study, I quantified the presence of malaria in fence lizards at the Bernard Field Station. I then examined whether the prevalence of malaria varied with physical and ecological factors, including sex, size, habitat type, and vector population. No correlations were found.

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Contact Stephen Adolph – stephen_adolph@hmc.edu

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