Anna Phillips is a research zoologist and curator whose research focuses on the systematics, evolution and host-parasite associations, mostly leeches and tapeworms. Her work uses morphological and molecular data to describe new species and determine the evolutionary relationships of these groups of worms, but this is not possible without fieldwork to collect specimens. Anna has conducted fieldwork on 6 of the 7 continents to collect parasitic worms in faraway places, such as Rwanda and Brazil, and some not so far away, like South Carolina, West Virginia and Arkansas. She is the curator of the U.S. National Parasite Collection.
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