Dr. Kirsten Jensen

Kirsten Jensen
  • Professor
  • Senior Curator
  • Associate Chair of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Research Interests: Parasitology, Evolutionary Biology, Biodiversity Patterns, Taxonomy, Phylogenetics

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Dr. Kirsten Jensen is a parasitologist focused on documenting macroevolutionary patterns in fish parasites. Patterns of primary interest are those relating to a group's evolutionary history, host associations, biodiversity, and geographic distribution, as well as the potential cophylogenetic patterns that exist between parasites and their hosts.


Research interests:

  • Parasitology
  • systematics
  • phylogenetics
  • invertebrate zoology
  • morphology
  • biodiversity


Teaching interests:

  • Parasitology
  • systematics

Selected Publications

Caira, Janine N., and K. Jensen. “Helminth Biodiversity Research Transformed by a Century of Evolutionary Thought.” Book Chapters. In A Century of Parasitology: Discoveries, Ideas and Lessons Learned by Scientists Who Published in The Journal of Parasitology, 1914ΓÇô2014, edited by John Janovy Jr. and Gerald W. Esch, 21ΓÇô39. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118884799.ch3.
Caira, Janine N., and Kirsten Jensen. “Insights on the Identities of Sharks of the Rhizoprionodon Acutus (Elasmobranchii: Carcharhiniformes) Species Complex Based on Three New Species of Phoreiobothrium (Cestoda: Onchoproteocephalidea).” Journal Articles. Zootaxa 4059, no. 2 (2015): 335ΓÇô350. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4059.2.5.
Caira, Janine N, and Kirsten Jensen. “A Digest of Elasmobranch Tapeworms.” Journal Articles. Journal of Parasitology 100, no. 4 (2014): 373–91.
Jensen, Kirsten, Kendra R Mojica, and Janine N Caira. “A New Genus and Two New Species of Lecanicephalidean Tapeworms from the Striped Panray, Zanobatus Schoenleinii (Rhinopristiformes: Zanobatidae), off Senegal.” Journal Articles. Folia Parasitologica 61, no. 5 (2014): 432–40.
Jensen, Kirsten. “Acceptance of the 2014 Henry Baldwin Ward Medal: Arriving Dead Center of a Target I Didn’t Know I Was Aiming For.” Journal Articles. Journal of Parasitology 100, no. 6 (2014): 715–18.
Caira, J. N., K. Jensen, A. Waeschenbach, and D. T. J. Littlewood. “An Enigmatic New Tapeworm (Platyhelminthes, Cestoda) from Thresher Sharks.” Journal Articles. Invertebrate Systematics 28, no. 3 (2014): 231ΓÇô243.
Cielocha, Joanna J, Kirsten Jensen, and Janine N Caira. “Floriparicapitus, a New Genus of Lecanicephalidean Tapeworm (Cestoda) from Sawfishes (Pristidae) and Guitarfishes (Rhinobatidae) in the Indo-West Pacific.” Journal Articles. Journal of Parasitology 100, no. 4 (2014): 485–99.
Biserova, Natalia M, Ivan A Kutyrev, and Kirsten Jensen. “GABA in the Nervous System of the Cestodes Diphyllobothrium Dendriticum (Diphyllobothriidea) and Caryophyllaeus Laticeps (Caryophyllidea), with Comparative Analysis of Muscle Innervation.” Journal Articles. Journal of Parasitology 100, no. 4 (2014): 411–21.
Caira, Janine N., Kirsten Jensen, Andrea Waeschenbach, Peter D. Olson, and D. Timothy J. Littlewood. “Orders out of Chaos - Molecular Phylogenetics Reveals the Complexity of Shark and Stingray Tapeworm Relationships.” Journal Articles. International Journal for Parasitology 44, no. 1 (2014): 55–73. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpara.2013.10.004.
Jensen, Kirsten, and Shelbi L Russell. “Seussapex, a New Genus of Lecanicephalidean Tapeworm (Platyhelminthes: Cestoda) from the Stingray Genus Himantura (Myliobatiformes: Myliobatidae) in the Indo-West Pacific with Investigation of Mode of Attachment.” Journal Articles. Folia Parasitologica 61 (2014): 231–41.
Mojica, Kendra R, Kirsten Jensen, and Janine N Caira. “The Ocellated Eagle Ray, Aetobatus Ocellatus (Myliobatiformes: Myliobatidae), from Borneo and Northern Australia as Host of Four New Species of Hornellobothrium (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea).” Journal Articles. Journal of Parasitology 100, no. 4 (2014): 504–15.
Caira, Janine N., Fernando P. L. Marques, Kirsten Jensen, Roman Kuchta, and Veronica Ivanov. “Phylogenetic Analysis and Reconfiguration of Genera in the Cestode Order Diphyllidea.” Journal Articles. International Journal for Parasitology 43, no. 8 (2013): 621–39. http://<Go to ISI>://ZOOREC:ZOOR14910047695.