L. Kristen Page, Ph.D.

Ruth Kraft Strohschein Distinguished Chair & Professor of Biology
On Faculty since 2000

Phone: (630)752-7042


1998 Ph.D. Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

1993 M.S. Auburn University Department of Zoology and Wildlife

1990 B.S. Furman University Department of Biology

About L. Kristen Page

Professional interests include disease transmission dynamics as a function of land-use and the development of mitigation strategies for zoonotic diseases. Dr. Page attends Church of the Savior where she assists in the children’s ministry. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, reading, walking, camping, and hiking.

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 242 Diversity of Life: An Introduction to Zoology and Botany
  • BIOL 243 Processes of Life: Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOL 252 Modeling the Systems of Life
  • BIOL 351 Ecology
  • BIOL 352 Parasitology
  • BIOL 381 Public Health and Nutrition in Developing Areas

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Society of Parasitologists
  • American Society of Mammalogists
  • Mu Phi Epsilon
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Xi
  • Wildlife Disease Association


Dr. Page has published numerous articles on her area of expertise, the transmission dynamics of disease in human-altered landscapes.  Her research primarily focuses on the transmission dynamics of raccoon roundworm and the development of mitigation strategies to reduce the risk of transmission to children. Dr. Page is also investigating the link between parasitic infection and other opportunistic infections among HIV patients.

Papers Published and/or Presented

*Page LK, Delzell DAP, Gehrt SD, Harrell ED, Hiben M, Walter E, Anchor, C, Kazacos K.  2016.  The structure and seasonality of Baylisascaris procyonis populations in raccoons (Procyon lotor).  Journal of Wildlife Diseases 52(2):286-292.  DOI: 10.7589/2015-06-153.

*Page, K., Smyser, T.J., Dunkerton, E., Gavard, E., Larkin, B., Gehrt, S.  2014.  Reduction of Baylisascaris procyonis eggs in raccoon latrines, suburban Chicago, Illinois, USA.  Emerging Infectious Diseases, 20:2137-2140.

Pipas, M., Page, K, Kazacos, K. 2014.  Surveillance for Baylisascaris procyonis in raccoons from Wyoming. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 50:777-783.

Page, L. K.  2013.  Parasites and the conservation of small populations: the case of Baylisascaris procyonisInternational Journal of Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife. 2:203-210.

Beasley, J., Egan, T., II, Page, K., Hennessy, C., Rhodes, O.E., Jr.  2013.    Baylisascaris procyonis in white-footed mice: predicting patterns of infection from landscape habitat attributes.  Journal of Parasitology, doi: 10.1645/GE-2887.1 (published online)

Smyser, T.S., Johnson, S.A., Page, L.K., Hudson, C.M., Rhodes, O.E., Jr.  2013.  Use of experimental translocations of Allegheny woodrat to decipher causal agents of decline.  Conservation Biology.  DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12064 (published online)

Smyser, T.S., Page, L.K., Johnson, S.A., Hudson, C.M., Kellner, K.F., Swihart, R.K., and Rhodes, O.E., Jr.  2013.  Management of raccoon roundworm in free-ranging raccoon populations via anthelmintic baiting. The Journal of Wildlife Management  DOI:10.1002/jwmg.585 (published online)

*Kellner, K.F., L.K. Page, M. Downey, and S.E. McCord.  2012.  Prevalence of Baylisascaris procyonis in rural and suburban intermediate host populations.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 48:1083-1087.

Smyser, T.J., S.A. Johnson, L.K. Page, and O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 2012.  Synergistic stressors and the dilemma of conservation in a multivariate world: A case study in Allegheny woodrats.  Animal Conservation.15:205-213.

Page, L.K., S.A. Johnson, R.K. Swihart, and K.R. Kazacos. 2012.  Prevalence of Baylisascaris procyonis in habitat associated with Allegheny woodrat (Neotoma magister) populations in Indiana.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 48:503-507.

*Page, L.K.,J.C. Beasley, Z. H. Olson, T.J. Smyser, M. Downey, K.F. Kellner, S.E. McCord, T.S. Egan, II, and O.E. Rhodes, Jr.  2011.  Reducing Baylisascaris procyonis roundworm larvae at raccoon latrines.  Emerging Infectious Diseases, 17:90-93.

Smyser, T.J., L.K. Page, O.E. Rhodes, Jr.  2010.  Optimization of raccoon latrine surveys for quantifying exposure to Baylisascaris procyonis.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 46: 929-933.

*Page, L.K., SD Gehrt, A Cascione, and KF Kellner. 2009. The relationship between Baylisascaris procyonis prevalence and raccoon population structure. Journal of Parasitology 95:1314-1320.

*Page, L.K., C. Anchor, E. Luy, S. Kron, G. Larson, L. Madsen, K. Kellner, TJ Smyser. 2009. Backyard raccoon latrines and risk for Baylisascaris procyonis transmission to humans. Emerging Infectious Diseases 15:1530-1531.

*Page, L.K.,SD Gehrt, NP Robinson. 2008. Land-use effects on prevalence of raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 44:594-599.

Page, L.K. 2008. Global Climate: Implications for Global Health. Pages 24-35 in L. Scott editor: Christians, the care of creation and global climate change. Pickwick Publications, Eugene, OR, USA.

*Page, L.K., S.D Gehrt, K.K. Titcombe, and N.P. Robinson. 2005. Measuring Prevalence of Raccoon Roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis): A comparison of common techniques.Wildlife Society Bulletin, 33:1406-1412.

Rowe, C., Ittiprasert, W., Patterson, C., Eliff, C., Page, K., Lewis, F., Minchella, D., and Knight, M. 2003. Use of microsatellite variation and RAPD-PCR to assess genetic polymorphism in Biomphalaria glabrata snails from a single locale in a shistosomiasis endemic area. Malacologia, 54:149-166.

Page, L. K., R.K. Swihart, and K.R. Kazacos. 2001. Changes in transmission of Baylisascaris procyonis as a function of spatial scale. Oikos 93:213-220.

Page, L.K., R.K. Swihart, and K.R. Kazacos. 2001. Foraging among feces: food availability affects parasitism of Peromyscus leucopus by Baylisascaris procyonis. Journal of Mammalogy 82(4):993-1002.

Page, L.K., R.K. Swihart, and K.R. Kazacos. 2001. The roles of seed preference and foraging by granivores at raccoon latrines in transmission dynamics of raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis). Canadian Journal of Zoology 79:616-622.

Curtis, J., R.E. Sorensen, L.K. Page, D.J. Minchella. 2001. Microsatellite loci in the human blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni and their utility for other schistosome species. Molecular Ecology Notes 1:143-145.

Kloos, H., DeSouza C., Gazzinelli, A., Silveira, B., Filho, S., da Costa Temba, P., Bethony, J., Page, K., Grzywacz, C., Lewis, F., Minchella, D., LoVerde, P., and Oliveria, R. 2001. The distribution of Biomphalaria spp. In different habitats in relation to physical, biological, water contact and cognitive factors in a rural area in Minas Gerias, Brazil. Memorias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro 96:57-66.

Page, L. K., R.K. Swihart, and K.R. Kazacos. 1999. Implications of raccoon latrines in the epizootiology of Baylisascariasis. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 35:474-480.

Rhodes, O.E., Jr., R.N. Williams, J. Heffelfinger, L. K. Page, E. P. Reat, and J. C. DeVos, Jr. 1999. Genetic variation in pronghorn from Arizona. 18th Biennial Pronghorn Antelope Workshop Proceedings.

Williams, R.N., L.K. Page, T.L. Serfass, O.E. Rhodes, Jr. 1999. Genetic polymorphism in fishers (Martes pennanti). American Midland Naturalist 141:406-410.

Page, L. K., R.K. Swihart, and K.R. Kazacos. 1998. Raccoon latrine structure and its potential role in parasite transmission of Baylisascaris procyonis to vertebrates. American Midland Naturalist 140:180-185.

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