Don Larson

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Don Larson

Assistant professor

University affiliation

  • College of Natural Science and Mathematics
  • Department of Biology and Wildlife
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (Fairbanks)

Contact information

Media contact

University Relations

Areas of expertise

  • Biology
  • Biomedicine and health
  • Ecology

Research interests/biography

Larson focuses on how animals and their parasites cope with environmental changes. Researches how parasites overwinter and how changes in host physiology influence parasite overwintering strategies using two animal models: the wood frog, Lithobates sylvaticus, and the causative agent of swimmer’s itch in Alaska, Trichobilharzia alaskensis. Expertise in parasitology, overwintering physiology, arts-science pedagogy, amphibians, swimmer’s itch and freeze tolerance.