Sara Weinstein

holding a pouched mouse in Kenya
Graduate Student
I am interested in parasite ecology and evolution and am currently working on several different projects on these topics. My current research focus is on the ecology of the Raccoon Roundworm, Baylisascaris procyonis in California mammal populations and factors influencing human infection risk. I am using a combination of fieldwork, lab work, and modeling to explore the role of intermediate host diversity and wildlife management on parasite population dynamics. I am also interested in the evolution of parasitism, oarfish parasites, and the impact of large mammal loss on parasite communities in African rodents.


Mailing Address: 

UCSB Marine Science Institute Bldg 520 Rm 4002 Fl 4L Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6150 United States


Weinstein, S.B. Kuris, A.M.. (2106) Independent origins of parasitism in Animalia. Biology Letters, 12, 20160324. 
Armand M. Kuris, Alejandra G. Jaramillo, John P. McLaughlin, Sara B. Weinstein, Ana E. Garcia-Vedrenne, George O. Poinar Jr.*, Maria Pickering†, Michelle L. Steinauer‡, Magaly Espinoza, Jacob E. Ashford, and Gabriela L. P. Dunn. Journal of Parasitology, 101(1): 41–44
Weinstein, S. B., & Lafferty, K. D.. (2015). How do humans affect wildlife nematodes?. Trends in parasitology, 31(5), 222-227.