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The SSP is an affiliate of the American Society of Parasitologists. We are a mix of ecologists, taxonomists, cell biologists, immunoparasitologists, veterinarians, students, and more! Our annual meetings are casual, relaxed, and always interesting. You may click these links for information on our upcoming and past meetings. Membership is open to all persons interested in the study of all things related to the fascinating world of parasites. For more information about joining The SSP click here.

Latest Announcements, News & Information:

2017-03-23 -- 2017 Meeting Program and Abstracts Now Available for Download

The SSP 2017 Meeting Program and Abstracts document is now available for download on the Upcoming Meeting page. Click on Meetings, Upcoming Meeting in the menu tab on this page. Please download a copy and bring it with you on your personal electronic device as printed copies will not be available on site.


Follow the links from the Meetings tab above to register online and pay via PayPal.

2017-02-08 -- Call for 2017-2018 Officer Nominations

Nominations for SSP President and Vice-President are sought for 2017-2018 Society service. Individuals may self-nominate. Send your nominations to Nomination Committee Chair, Ash Bullard via email sab0019 at (replace "at" with @). Nominations close March 1. Candidate biographies will be disseminated March 2 and voting will begin on March 15.

2017-02-02 -- 2017 SSP Meeting Information and Mail-in Registration Now Available

The Meeting Information, Abstract Submission Form, and Travel Guide documents are now available on the Upcoming Meetings page under the Meetings menu tab. Also available is a invitation to students from Vice-President Jiminez announcing the 2017 Bryd-Dunn Graduate Student Paper Award and Ciordia-Porter-Stewart Undergraduate Paper Award. Registration by Mail-in is now open. Watch this space for announcement of ONLINE REGISTRATION.

2016-09-18 -- 2017 SSP Meeting Dates

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Society of Parasitologists will be held April 6-8, 2017 at the Belle Baruch Marine Lab near Georgetown, SC. Please note the Thursday-Saturday schedule. We will have accommodations in the cottages and lodge at Belle Baruch and reasonable rates are available at nearby hotels. We will send out more information and registration information in a few months. Posted on behalf of Dr. Dennis Kyle.

2016-04-11 -- 2016 Meeting is now concluded

The 2016 SSP meeting was successfully concluded on Friday, April 8. Thanks to Dr. Alexa Rosypal, meeting host, for a great venue and seamless meeting. Congratulations to Dr. Reginald Blaylock and Dr. Agustin Jimenez for election to the offices of President-Elect and Vice President, respectively. Congratulations also go to Raphael Orelis-Ribeiro of Auburn University, winner of the Bryd-Dunn Graduate Student Paper award, and Abigail Willemse of Berry College, winner of the Ciordia-Stewart-Porter Undergraduate Student Paper award. We hope to see you at the 2017 meeting in Tampa, FL.

2016-03-30 -- 2016 Meeting Program and Abstracts now posted

The 2016 SSP meeting is just days away and the Program and Abstracts is now available for download from the "Upcoming Meetings" page. We are not making hard copies available again this year. Please download your Program and Abstracts on your personal device or access it through the website. See you Fort Mill!

2016-02-02 -- 2016 Meeting Information and Registration

Meeting Information, Call for Abstracts and Student Awards, and mail-in registration is now available. Go to the Meetings tab and select Upcoming Meeting. Online registration will be active beginning February 6th.

2015-11-10 -- 2016 SSP Meeting Dates

The 2016 version of the Southeastern Society of Parasitologists meeting will take place April 6th through 8th at Fort Mill, South Carolina. Fort Mill is a suburb of Charlotte. Our host for the meeting is Alexa Rosypal, Johnson C. Smith University. Save the date, we don't want to miss you!

2015-04-15 -- The 2015 meeting now concluded

Thanks to everyone who attended and made the meeting such a success! A big WELL DONE to David Lindsay and Alice Houk who did a terrific job hosting the meeting and congratulations to the winners of our student paper competitions, Skylar Hopkins (Bryd Dunn Graduate Student Award) and John Doran (Ciordia-Stewart-Porter Undergraduate Student Award). Andrea Varela-Stokes was elected President-elect, Clare Fuller was elected Vice-President, and Renee' Carleton continues as Secretary/Treasurer. Our next meeting will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, hosted by Alexa Rosypal.

2015-04-08 -- 2015 MEETING CHANGE IN VENUE!!!!

ALL OPENING DAY ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN MOVED FROM THE DAY'S INN TO VCOMII! Directions to VCOMII will be provided when you sign in at the Registration Table at the Days Inn. There are no changes to the times for the Presidential Symposium and Welcome Reception.

2015-03-30 -- 2015 Meeting Program and Abstracts Now Available

Download your copy of the 2015 SSP / Helm Soc Meeting Program and Abstracts from the Upcoming Meeting page or copy and paste into your browser. Paper copies will not be provided at the meeting to save trees. Registration continues online or via mail-in.

2015-03-20 -- 2015 Meeting Abstract Submission Now Closed

Abstracts for the 2015 meeting are no longer being accepted. You may still register for the meeting.

2015-03-14 -- Deadline for Abstract Submission and Pre-registration EXTENDED

The deadline for receipt of abstracts and pre-registrations for the 2015 Joint Meeting of the SSP & Helm Soc has been extended to MARCH 20th.

2015-02-11 -- A great loss to our SSP family

Dear Friends: >I am very sorry to tell you that our dear friend George Benz died yesterday evening from heart complications following a surgery related to prostate cancer. A heartbreaking loss for all of us. Please keep George's wife Judi Benz in your thoughts in the coming days. >-Ash


Registration for the 2015 Joint Meeting of the SSP and Helminthological Society of Washington is now OPEN! Go to the "Upcoming Meeting" page under the "Meetings" menu tab ( for information on accommodations, venues, CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, and STUDENT AWARDS. Currently you may register by mail but very SOON registration will be available ONLINE.

2014-04-23 -- Officers Elections Results

Officers of the society for 2014-2015 are: President - Dr. Dennis Kyle, University of South Florida; President-Elect and Program Officer - Dr. Ash Bullard, Auburn University; Vice President and Student Paper Competition Chair - Dr. Rick Gerhold, University of Tennessee, Secretary-Treasurer - Dr. Renee' Carleton, Berry College; and ASP Council Representative (continuing) Dr. Bruce Conn, Berry College. Congratulations to these new officers and deepest appreciation for our outgoing officers. A special thanks to Oscar Pung and Georgia Southern University for hosting a terrific 2014 meeting.

2014-03-20 -- Slate of Candidates for 2014 Officers Election

Biographical Sketches for each candidate running for office this year are available on the SSP Upcoming Meeting page. The candidate and positions are: President-Elect - Ash Bullard, Andrea Varela-Stokes; Vice-President - Chris Hall; Secretary/Treasurer - Renee Carleton Self-nominations are still being accepted. Contact Chris Hall (

2014-03-20 -- 2014 SSP Program and Abstracts Available NOW

The Program and Abstracts for our 2014 Southeastern Society of Parasitologists is now available online. Go to the Upcoming Meetings page on this website and click on the link or go to

2014-02-19 -- 2014 Presidential Symposium announcement - posted on behalf of Dennis Kyle

I am pleased to announce the agenda for the SSP Presidential Symposium at the 2014 Annual Meeting at Georgia Southern University. The theme of the symposium is “Innovative approaches for parasite control” and each of the participants brings unique expertise to share on this topic. Our speakers are: Dr. James Morris, Clemson University “Trypanosoma brucei hexokinases: metabolic enzymes moonlighting as cellular sensors?”, Dr. Rick Tarleton, University of Georgia “Vaccinate your dog for Trypanosoma cruzi infection: Why and how?”, and Dr. Tom Unnasch, University of South Florida “Eau de Black Fly: An irresistible method for control of onchocerciasis?” Website links for each of our Presidential Symposium speakers are available on the "Upcoming Meeting" page.

2014-01-27 -- 2014 SSP Meeting Information Now Available

Information on our 2014 Annual Meeting in Statesboro, GA is now posted on the website. Go to Upcoming SSP Meeting under the Meetings tab.

2013-12-14 -- Parasite Art Project - posted on behalf of Dennis Kyle

Dear SSP Members, I am writing on behalf of Marcus Desieno, a graduate student in art at USF. He has taken on an interesting project for his thesis that involves the organisms we all love to study – parasites. He is using SEM as a tool to capture images of parasites and turning these into works of art. I saw a few of his images today and I think the project is really cool. Listed below is a message he sent to introduce his project. Thus far he has been trying to source specimens from online sources, but I told him SSP members could be a great resource and I hope you will consider contributing some of your favorite parasites for his project. You may contact Marcus directly at “My name is Marcus DeSieno and I'm a 2nd year graduate student here at USF getting my MFA in Studio Art. I've undertaken a large project that will hopefully become my thesis where I am cataloging and photographing parasites with the scanning electron microscope. All of my work revolves around the intersections between art and science, but as I'm not a scientist I do not have access nor do I know how to get access to more variety of parasite specimens. So far I have just been purchasing parasites off of cabinet of curiosity hobbyist websites, but I would like to give this project more legitimacy and photograph a wider variety of specimens than what I can find online.”

2013-12-14 -- PhD Studentship Announcement

PhD Studentship: The evolution of the supercolony and the role of parasites The project will investigate a behavioural syndrome in ants, whereby low aggression between nests allows formation of huge 'supercolonies', which often become invasive. This project will use modelling and experimental techniques to explore the evolution of this phenomenon in ants, with particular reference to the role of parasites. This studentship is part of a new NERC Doctoral Training Partnership in "Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment" (ACCE). Supervisors: Dr Elva Robinson (University of York, Biology); Dr James Marshall (University of Sheffield, Computer Science) & Professor Ben Hatchwell (University of Sheffield, APS) For more information see: Project details: ACCE:

2013-05-30 -- Dates for 2014 Annual Meeting (posted on behalf of Dennis Kyle)

I am pleased to announce the next SSP meeting will be held in Statesboro. GA, from April 9-11, 2014. Oscar Pung and Georgia Southern University will be our hosts. More details will be announced later this year, but please mark your calendars and plan to attend what promises to be another excellent venue to discuss parasitology research! Regards, Dennis E. Kyle, SSP President-Elect University of South Florida

2013-04-09 -- Countdown to Annual Meeting

See you in Bowling Green on Wednesday. If you haven't seen it yet, the Program with Abstracts is posted on the Upcoming Meeting page....just click on the Meetings tab above and select Upcoming Meeting. It will be a good one!

2013-03-06 -- SSP Presidential Symposium (posted on behalf of Derek Zelmer)

Fellow SSP members: Allow me to be the first to encourage you to attend this year’s Presidential Symposium, which, ironically, has absolutely nothing to do with the current president (who is likely sitting in a recliner at this very moment eating pancakes). Our speakers for the symposium will be Dr. Eric (Sam) Loker, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Julián Hillyer, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University, and Dr. Garriet Smith, Professor of Biology at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Dr. Loker’s area of expertise is in comparative immunology, where his focus on invertebrate models has broadened our understanding of schistosome evolutionary biology, host-parasite interactions and the basic biology of snails. Dr. Hillyer’s work on mosquitoes has provided valuable insights into mosquito physiology, and its influence on the interactions between mosquitoes and the parasites that they vector, providing both a physiological and an organismal framework for the mosquito immune response. If you are interested in visiting the laboratory websites for either of these gentlemen, just run either of those last bits through “Turnitin” and it will find them for you. Dr. Smith’s “website”, on the other hand, is rather understated. “Research on microbial ecology of coastal marine and freshwater ecosystems” seems almost dismissive of the work he has done uncovering the pathogens (and pathogen complexes) responsible for coral bleaching events, and tracing the origin of aspergillosis of gorgonian corals to the Sahara desert. What all of these accomplished scientists have in common is that they study the physiological bases for symbiotic associations in invertebrates...which has nothing at all to do with the community ecology of parasites of fishes. Just because I’m not bright enough to study immunology, does not mean I can’t have a deep appreciation for it. The attached paper should explain my fascination with the immunological aspect of host-parasite relationships. That’s right. There is an assigned reading for the symposium. You have been coddled by your elected officers for far too long, and that is about to change! The symposium will start at 7pm on Wednesday to make sure that the stragglers will be there for the quiz. REMEMBER: the deadline to have pre-registration mailed (ask your parents about envelopes and stamps), and to book your rooms at the conference rate is MARCH 15!!! There still are plenty of rooms available, which has Cheryl feeling a little nervous. ALSO: the abstract deadline is March 11, and those are to be sent (electronically) to me at: I am exceptionally grateful that these distinguished biologists have agreed to present for us, and am very much looking forward to hearing what they have to say. I hope to see you there! – Derek Zelmer

2013-02-02 -- Call for Nominations for the SSP Meritorious Service Award

Dr. Claire Fuller is asking for nominations for the Southeastern Society of Parasitologists Meritorious Service Award. There are a lot of people in our society who have worked hard to make this a great group, to put on excellent meetings and to encourage students members. Who do you know who you would like to recognize for their service? Please send letters of nominations to Claire, via email ( In your letter, please outline the reasons for your nomination and include names of others who might also provide letters.

2012-12-21 -- Ray Kuhn celebrates 70th birthday

Ray Kuhn celebrated his 70th birthday with former students from his Wake Forest Immunobiology lab. To read an article about the occasion, copy and paste this URL into your browser:

2012-07-15 -- Dates & Place for 2013 SSP Annual Meeting Announced

Our 2013 Annual Meeting will be held April 10 - 12 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. See the Upcoming Meeting page (under the Meetings Menu) for more details.

2012-07-13 -- New Website Live!

Welcome to the new website! This version went live Thursday, July 12, 2012. Comments and suggestions are welcome.