F. Agustin Jimenez | Zoology Program | SIU

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F. Agustin Jimenez

Associate Professor

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Office: 355C Life Science II
Phone: 618-453-5540
Email: agustinjz@zoology.siu.edu

Office Hours for Graduate Studies

held on Thursday from 3-4 p.m.

My research interest focuses on the historical relationships among nematodes and their mammalian hosts across the neotropics. I dissect the macroevolutionary histories of both mammals and parasites to identify the processes that resulted in faunistic diversification in the New World. In my lab we work in biodiversity inventories of the Neotropics, which results in species descriptions, records of distribution and host associations. This is important because there are areas of the continent with little or no information about the distribution of parasites. As a result of our work, we monitor agents of infectious diseases. Finally, we reconstruct the phylogenies of those groups of parasites.  

Education

Ph.D., University of Nebraska

Courses taught

ZOOL 220 (Animal Diversity), ZOOL 407 (Parasitology)

Areas of interest

Parasitology, nematode systematics, historical associations between nematodes and mammals, distribution of nematodes in phloephagous insects.

Selected Recent Publications

Alnaqeb, H., S. Greiman, K. J. Vandegraft, M. Campbell, S. Meagher and F. A. Jiménezin press. A molecular reconstruction of Holarctic Heligmosomidae reveals a new species of Heligmosomoides (Nematoda: Heligmosomidae) in Peromyscus maniculatus (Cricetidae) from Canada. Systematics and Biodiversity, DOI: 10.1080/14772000.2022.2046199

Haywood, C. H., Abigail M. Jordon, M. Pena, C. K. Nielsen and F. A. Jiménez. 2022. Tissue and gastrointestinal parasites of colonizing nine-banded armadillos at their northern range edge. Journal of Parasitology 108 (1): 57-63.   DOI: 10.1645/21-76

Jiménez, F. A., J. Notarnicola, and S. L. Gardner. 2021. Host switching events in Litomosoides Chandler, 1931 (Spiruridae: Onchocercidae) are not rampant. Journal of Parasitology 107 (2): 320-335.

Zieman, E. A., Lawson, T. Nielsen, C. K., and F. A. Jiménez. 2020. Within-season changes in Cytauxzoon felis parasitemia in bobcats. Journal of Parasitology 106 (2): 308-311. 

Phillips, V. C., E. A. Zieman, C.-H. Kim, C.M. Stone, H. C. Tuten and F. A. Jiménez. 2020. Documentation of the expansion of the gulf coast tick (Amblyomma maculatum): first report in Illinois. Journal of Parasitology 106 (1): 9-13. 

Jiménez, F. A., J. M. Caspeta-Mandujano and S. Albino-Miranda. 2019. A new genus and species of pinworm (Oxyuridae) from the gray mouse opossum, Tlacuatzin canescens. Parasite 26: 50. DOI: 10.1051/parasite/2019054

Galbreath, K. E., E. P. Hoberg, J. A. Cook, K. C. Bell, M. L. Campbell, J. L. Dunnum, A. T. Dursahinhan, R. P. Eckerlin, S. L. Gardner, S. E. Greiman, H. Henttonen, F. A. Jiménez, A. V. A. Koehler, B. Nyamsuren, V. V. Tkach, F. Torres-Pérez, A. Tsvetkova, and A. G. Hope. 2019. Building an integrated infrastructure for exploring biodiversity: field collections and archives of mammals and parasites. Journal of Mammalogy 100: 389-393.

Zieman, E., C. Nielsen, and F. A. Jiménez. 2018. Chronic Cytauxzoon felis infections in wild-caught bobcats (Lynx rufus). Veterinary Parasitology 252: 67-69.

Vandermark, C., E. Zieman, E. Boyles, C. K. Nielsen, C. Davis and F. A. Jiménez. 2018. Trypanosoma cruzi strain TcIV infects raccoons from Illinois. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz 113 (1): 30–37. DOI: 10.1590/0074-02760170230

Zieman, E., F. A. Jiménez, and C. Nielsen. 2017. First concurrent examination of bobcats and ticks reveals high prevalence of Cytauxzoon felis in a newly described enzootic region: southern Illinois. Journal of Parasitology 103 (4): 343-348.

Jiménez, F. A., Caspeta-Mandujano, J. M., S. B. Ramírez-Chávez, S. E. Ramírez-Díaz, M. G. Juárez-Urbina, J. L. Peralta-Rodríguez, and J. A. Guerrero. 2017. Checklist of helminths of bats from Mexico and Central America. MANTER Journal of Parasite Biology Ocassional Papers: 7 DOI: 10.13014/K2ZG6QDX

Galbreath, K. E., E. P. Hoberg, J. A. Cook, K. C. Bell, M. L. Campbell, J. L. Dunnum, A. T. Dursahinhan, R. P. Eckerlin, S. L. Gardner, S. E. Greiman, H. Henttonen, F. A. Jiménez, A. V. A. Koehler, B. Nyamsuren, V. V. Tkach, F. Torres-Pérez, A. Tsvetkova, and A. G. Hope. 2019. Building an integrated infrastructure for exploring biodiversity: field collections and archives of mammals and parasites. Journal of Mammalogy 100: 389-393.

Vandermark, C., E. Zieman, E. Boyles, C. K. Nielsen, C. Davis and F. A. Jiménez. 2018. Trypanosoma cruzi strain TcIV infects raccoons from Illinois. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz 113 (1): 30-37. DOI: 10.1590/0074-02760170230 

Jiménez, F. A., J. Notarnicola, and S. L. Gardner. 2017. Nematodes associated with mammals in the Great American Biotic Interchange (GABI). Oecologia Australis 21 (1): 1-16.

Weirich, J. M., F. M. Catzeflis, and F. A. Jiménez. 2016. Guerrerostrongylus marginalis n. sp. (Trichostrongyloidea: Heligmosomoidea) from the Guianan arboreal mouse (Oecomys auyantepui) from French Guiana. Parasite 23: 9. DOI: 10.1051/parasite/201609

Hiestand, S. J., C. K. Nielsen and F. A. Jiménez. 2014. Epizootic and zoonotic helminths of the bobcat (Lynx rufus) in Illinois and a comparison of helminth component communities across the American Midwest. Parasite 21: 4. DOI: 10.1051/parasite/2014005

Scheibel, P. R., F. Catzeflis and F. A. Jiménez. 2014. The relationships of marsupial-dwelling Viannaiidae and description of Travassostrongylus scheibelorum n. sp. (Trichostrongylina: Heligmosomoidea), from mouse opossums (Didelphidae) from French Guiana. Folia Parasitologica 61 (3): 242-254.

If interested in Dr. Jiménez’s research, please visit this website.