F. Agustin Jimenez | Department of Zoology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Science

F. Agustin Jimenez

Associate Professor


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. In particular, I am interested in having a better understanding of the phenomena of host capture and host switching. By dissecting the intricate evolutionary histories of both mammals and parasites, I plan to obtain a better understanding of the processes that resulted in the diversification of the fauna of the New World. Additionally, the study of nematode parasitoses may provide valuable insights into the dynamics in the transmission of parasites to syntopic hosts. The understanding of the historical associations among parasites and their hosts necessitates the completion of several subsidiary goals. First, the biodiversity of the Neotropics needs to be inventoried by describing the species that occur across the diverse biomes. Second, the distribution of those species needs to be documented in detail, since there are areas of the continent with little or no information about the distribution of parasites. Third, we need to postulate robust phylogenetic hypotheses of those groups of parasites that occur across the Neotropics, analyzing and understanding the available evidence.


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

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

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.

Yuan, H., J. Jiang, F. A. Jiménez, E. P. Hoberg, J. A. Cook, K. E. Galbreath, and C. Li. 2016. Target gene enrichment in the cyclophyllidean cestodes, the most diverse group of tapeworms. Molecular Ecology Resources 16: 1095–1106 DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12532

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

Caspeta-Mandujano, J. M., J. L. Rodríguez-Peralta, M. G. Galindo-García and F. A. Jiménez. 2015. A new species of Torrestrongylus (Trichostrongylidae, Anoplostrongylinae) from Macrotus waterhousii (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) in Central Mexico. Parasite 22: 29. DOI 10.1051/parasite/2015029

Zieman, E. A., J. D. Reeve, W. E. Braswell and F. A. Jiménez. 2015. Pathology, distribution, morphological and genetic identity of Deladenus proximus (Tylenchida: Neotylenchidae) a parasitic nematode of the woodwasp Sirex nigricornis in the eastern United States. Biological Control 87: 14-22.

Hiestand, S. J., C. K. Nielsen and F. A. Jiménez. 2014. Potential occurrence of metazoan endoparasites of felines estimated with verified records in bobcats (Lynx rufus). Folia Parasitologica 61 (5): 401–410. DOI: 10.14411/fp.2014.062

Jiménez, F. A., J. L. Peralta-Rodríguez, J. M. Caspeta-Mandujano, and S. E. Ramírez-Díaz. 2014. Macuahuitloides inexpectans n. gen., n. sp., (Molineidae: Anoplostrongylinae) from Mormoops megalophylla (Chiroptera: Mormoopidae). Journal of Parasitology 100 (5): 646-650.

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.

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