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LABS: Living Monsters: Parasites, Pathogens & Parasitoids
February 16 @ 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM$60
Saturday, February 16th • 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
540 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101
Grade Level: 9-12
Cost: $60 (Coordinator will invoice for payment after registration.)
Imagine a world where living organisms could be taken hostage and suffer while controlled by other energy-sucking organisms that live on their insides or outsides. Where instead of hiding, a mouse will run around, practically begging the cat to eat it, because its under the control of another organism that wants to be eaten by the cat. Imagine whole populations that just come crashing down due to microscopic organisms that can evade immune systems.
Welcome to the amazing world of parasites, pathogens and parasitoids! In this workshop, we will explore the different modes of parasitism, distinguishing among parasites, pathogens and parasitoids and how parasitism differs from predation. Students will obtain an overview of parasite-host interactions spanning across terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and several well-known parasitic diseases in humans and wildlife. Videos, prepared slides and dissections will be available for students to see the diversity of parasites and hosts in real life. Students will also have the opportunity to perform dissections on invertebrates (such as insects) to see if they can find these hidden monsters. By the end of this workshop, students will be well-versed in different types of trophic strategies, and the consequences of parasites on their hosts and populations. This event is for students in grades 9-12.