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Graduate Students

Ana P. F. Hoeinghaus


  • 2010 – present: Ph.D. student, Environmental Sciences, University of North Texas. Advisor: Dr. James H. Kennedy
  • 2006 – M.S.: Freshwater Ecology, Department of Biology and Research Nucleus in Limnology, Ichthyology and Aquaculture (Nupélia), Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Maringá, Paraná, Brazil.
  • 2004 – B.S.: Fisheries Engineering, Department of Engineering and Sciences, Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná, Toledo, Paraná, Brazil.

Ana HoeinghausI joined Dr. Kennedy’s lab as a Ph. D. student in January 2010. I received my B.S. in Fisheries Engineering at Universidade Estadual do Paraná (Brazil), and my M.S. in Freshwater Ecology at Universidade Estadual de Maringá (Brazil). My M.S. research examined the systematics and ecology of parasites of an invasive fish species of the Upper Paraná River floodplain (a Brazilian LTER site). Prior to arriving at UNT, I worked on prairie stream ecosystems as a Research Assistant in the labs of Dr. Keith Gido and Dr. Walter Dodds in the Department of Biological Sciences at Kansas State University. I have broad interests in systematics and ecology of freshwater species, and my dissertation research will most likely examine taxonomy, distribution and ecology of Trichoptera (Caddisflies). Trichoptera is one of the most taxonomically rich orders of aquatic insects and occupy diverse microhabitats and trophic niches.


Ferrari-Hoeinghaus, A.P., S. Bellay, R.M. Takemoto & G.C. Pavanelli. 2010. A new species of Demidospermus Suriano, 1983 (Monogenoidea: Dactylogyridae) parasitic on Loricariichthys platymetopon Isbrücker & Nijssen (Loricariidae, Siluriformes) from the Upper Paraná River floodplain, Brazil. Acta Parasitologica 55(1): 16-19.

Ferrari-Hoeinghaus, A.P., R.M. Takemoto & G.C. Pavanelli. 2007. Occurrence of digeneans in Loricariichthys platymetopon (Loricariidae) collected in the Upper Paraná River floodplain, Brazil. Acta Scientiarum Biological Sciences 29: 327-329.

Ferrari-Hoeinghaus A.P., R.M. Takemoto, L.C. Oliveira, M.C. Makrakis & G. Baumgartner. 2006. Host – parasite relationships of monogeneans in gills of Astyanax altiparanae and Rhamdia quelen of the São Francisco Verdadeiro River, Brazil. Parasite 13: 315-320.


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