Kirsten Jensen

Kirsten Jensen

Senior Curator
Professor, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
785.864.5826
Haworth Hall

Dr. Jensen is a systematic parasitologist with particular interest in the diversity, evolution, and morphology of parasitic platyhelminths.

Research: 

Dr. Jensen’s particular specialty is in aspects of the host-parasite system involving elasmobranchs and their tapeworms. Research in her laboratory addresses issues such as (1) taxonomy and systematics of elasmobranchs tapeworms, particularly those of batoids; (2) elasmobranch tapeworm biodiversity globally, with particular emphasis in the Indo-Pacific Ocean; (3) higher level phylogenetic relationships of cestodes; (4) elasmobranch cestode host specificity, life-cycles, and pathology; and (5) parasite co-evolution.

Publications: 

Jensen, K., K. R. Mojica. and J. N. Caira. In Press. A new genus and two new species of lecanicephalidean tapeworms from the striped panray, Zanobatus schoenleinii, (Rhinopristiformes: Zanobatidae), from Senegal. Folia Parasitologica.

Caira, J. N. and K. Jensen. 2014. A digest of elasmobranch tapeworms. Journal of Parasitology. 100(4): 373–391. Invited review.

Cielocha, J. J., K. Jensen, and J. N. Caira. 2014. Floriparicapitus, a new genus of lecanicephalidean tapeworm (Cestoda) from sawfishes (Pristidae) and guitarfishes (Rhinobatidae) in the Indo-West Pacific. Journal of Parasitology. 100(4): 485–499.

Biserova, N. M., I. A. Kutyrev, and K. Jensen. In Press. GABA in the nervous system of the cestodes Diphyllobothrium dendriticum (Diphyllobothriidea) and Caryophyllaeus laticeps (Caryophyllidea), with comparative analysis of muscle innervation. Journal of Parasitology. 100(4): 411–421.

Mojica, K. R., K. Jensen, and J. N. Caira. 2014. The ocellated eagle ray, Aetobatus ocellatus (Myliobatiformes: Myliobatidae) from Borneo and northern Australia as host of four new species of Hornellobothrium (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea). Journal of Parasitology. 100(4): 504–515.

Caira, J. N., K. Jensen, A. Waeschenbach, and D. T. J. Littlewood. 2014. An enigmatic new tapeworm, Litobothrium aenigmaticum, sp. nov. (Platyhelminthes: Cestoda: Litobothriidea), from the pelagic thresher shark with comments on development of known Litobothrium species. Invertebrate Systematics 28(3): 231–243.

Jensen, K. and S. L. Russell. 2014. 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. Folia Parasitologica 61(3): 231–241.

Caira, J. N., K. Jensen, A. Waeschenbach, P. D. Olson, and D. T. J. Littlewood. 2014. Orders out of chaos – molecular phylogenetics reveals the complexity of shark and stingray tapeworm relationships. International Journal for Parasitology 44(1): 55–73.

Cielocha, J. J., A. Yoneva, M. E. Cantino, S. Daniels, and K. Jensen. 2013. Ultrastructure of the sperm of Adelobothrium sp. (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea). Invertebrate Biology 132(4): 315-325.

Caira, J. N., F. P. L. Marques, K. Jensen, R. Kuchta, and V. Ivanov. 2013. Phylogenetic analysis and reconfiguration of genera in the cestode order Diphyllidea. International Journal for Parasitology 43(8): 621–639.

Mojica, K. R., K. Jensen, and J. N. Caira. 2013. Revision of Anteropora (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidean) and description of five new species from stingrays (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae) in Borneo. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 61(2): 491–506.

Borucinska, J., J. J. Cielocha, and K. Jensen. 2013. The parasite-host interface in the zonetail butterfly ray Gymnura zonura, infected with Hexacanalis folifer (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea). Journal of Fish Diseases 36(1): 1–8. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2761.2012.01408.x)

Cielocha, J. J., and K. Jensen. 2013. Stoibocephalum n. gen. (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea) from the sharkray, Rhina ancylostoma Bloch & Schneider (Elasmobranchii: Rhinopristiformes), from northern Australia. Zootaxa 3626(4): 558–568.

Naylor, G. J. P., J. N. Caira, K. Jensen, K. A. M. Rosana, W. T. White, and P. R. Last. 2012. A DNA sequence-based approached to the identification of shark and ray species and its implications for global elasmobranch diversity and parasitology. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 367: 1-262.

Marques, F., K. Jensen, and J. N. Caira. 2012. Ahamulina n. gen. (Cestoda: Diphyllidea) from the Polkadot catshark, Scyliorhinus besnardi (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae), in Brazil. Zootaxa 3352: 51–59.

Koch, K. R., K. Jensen, and J. N. Caira. 2012. Three new genera and six new species of lecanicephalideans (Cestoda) from eagle rays of the genus Aetomylaeus (Myliobatiformes: Myliobatidae) from northern Australia and Borneo. Journal of Parasitology 98(1): 175-198.

Naylor, G. J. P. N., J. N. Caira, K. Jensen, K. A. M. Rosana, N. Straube, and C. Lakner.. 2012. Elasmobranch phylogeny: A mitochondrial estimate based on 595 species. In Biology of Sharks and Rays and Their Relatives, J. C. Carrier, J. A. Musick, and M. R. Heithaus, Eds. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, pp. 31–56.

Caira, J. N., C. J. Healy, and K. Jensen. 2012. An updated look at elasmobranchs as hosts of metazoan parasites. In Biology of Sharks and Rays and Their Relatives, J. C. Carrier, J. A. Musick, and M. R. Heithaus, Eds. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, pp. 547–578.

Jensen, K., P. Nikolov, and J. N. Caira. 2011. A new genus and two new species of Anteroporidae (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea) from the darkspotted numbfish, Narcine maculata (Torpediniformes: Narcinidae), off Malaysian Borneo. Folia Parasitologica 58(2): 95–107.

Cielocha, J. J., and K. Jensen. 2011. A revision of Hexacanalis (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea) and description of Hexacanalis folifer n. sp. from the zonetail butterfly ray, Gymnura zonura (Bleeker) (Rajiformes: Gymnuridae). Systematic Parasitology 79: 1–16.

Jensen, K. and S. A. Bullard. 2010. Characterization of a diversity of tetraphyllidean and rhinebothriidean cestode larval types, with comments on host associations and life-cycles. International Journal for Parasitology 40(8): 889-910.

Olson, P. D., J. N. Caira, K. Jensen, R. M. Overstreet, H. W. Palm, and I. Beveridge. 2010. Evolution of the trypanorhynch tapeworms: Parasite phylogeny supports independent lineages of sharks and rays. International Journal for Parasitology 40(2): 223–242.

Last, P. R., W. T. White, J. N. Caira, Dharmadi, Fahmi, K. Jensen, A. P. K. Lim, B. M. Manjaji-Matsumoto, G. J. P. Naylor, J. J. Pogonoski, J. D. Stevens, and G. K. Yearsley. 2010. Sharks and Rays of Borneo. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Hobart, Tasmania, 304 pp.

White, W. T., P. R. Last, G. J. P. Naylor, K. Jensen, and J. N. Caira. 2010. Clarification of Aetobatus ocellatus (Kuhl, 1823) as a valid species, and a comparison with Aetobatus narinari (Euphrasen, 1790) (Rajiformes: Myliobatidae). In Descriptions of Sharks and Rays of Borneo, P. R. Last, W. T. White, and J. J. Pogonoski, Eds. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper No. 032, pp. 141-164.

Jensen, K. 2009. Cestoda (Platyhelminthes) of the Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters and Biota: Biodiversity, Volume 1, D. L. Felder and D. A. Camp, Eds. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas, pp. 487-522.

Caira, J. N. and K. Jensen. 2009. Erection of Triloculatum n. gen. (Tetraphyllidea: Onchobothriidae) and description of five new species from whaler sharks (Carcharhinidae). Journal of Parasitology. 95(4): 924–940.

Fyler, C. A., J. N. Caira, and K. Jensen. 2009. Five new species of Acanthobothrium (Cestoda: Tetraphyllidea) from an unusual species of Himantura (Rajiformes: Dasyatidae) from northern Australia. Folia Parasitologica 56(2): 107–128.

Healy, C. J., J. N. Caira, K. Jensen, B. L. Webster, D. T. J. Littlewood. 2009. Proposal for the new tapeworm order Rhinebothriidea. International Journal for Parasitology 39(4): 497–511.

Bullard, S. A., K. Jensen, and R. M. Overstreet. 2009. Historical account of the two family-group names in use for the single accepted family comprising the “fish blood flukes”. Acta Parasitologica 54(1): 78–84.

Bullard, S. A. and K. Jensen. 2008. Blood flukes (Digenea: Aporocotylidae) of stingrays (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae): Orchispirium heterovitellatum from Himantura imbricata in the Bay of Bengal and Myliobaticola richardheardi n. gen., n. sp. from Dasyatis sabina in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Parasitology 94(6): 1113–1321.

Jensen, K. and J. N. Caira. 2008. A revision of Uncibilocularis Southwell, 1925 (Tetraphyllidea; Onchobothriidae) with the description of four new species. Comparative Parasitology 75(2): 157–173.

Bullard, S. A., S. D. Snyder, K. Jensen, and R. M. Overstreet. 2008. New genus and species of Aporocotylidae (Digenea) from a lower actinopterygian, the American paddlefish, Polyodon spathula, (Acipernseriformes: Polyodontidae) from the Mississippi Delta. Journal of Parasitology 94(2): 487–495.

Caira, J. N., K. Jensen, and C. Rajan. 2007. Seven new Yorkeria species (Cestoda: Tetraphyllidea) from Borneo and Australia and their implications for identification of Chiloscyllium (Elasmobranchii, Orectolobiformes) species. Journal of Parasitology 93(2): 357–376.

Jensen, K. and J. N. Caira. 2006. The status of Rhoptrobothrium Shipley et Hornell, 1906 (Cestoda: Tetraphyllidea), with redescription of the type species R. myliobatidis, and description of three new species from eagle rays in the genus Aetomylaeus from Malaysian Borneo. Folia Parasitologica. 53: 189–207.

Jensen, K. 2006. A new species of Aberrapex Jensen, 2001 (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea) from Taeniura lymma (Forsskål) (Myliobatiformes: Dasyatidae), from Sabah, Malaysia. Systematic Parasitology 64(2): 117–123.

Jensen, K. 2005. A Monograph on the Lecanicephalidea (Platyhelminthes: Cestoda). Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum. Volume 18, 240 pp.

Jensen, K. 2005. Echiura. In: Marine Parasitology. K. Rohde, Ed. CSIRO Publishing, pp. 246–248.

Jensen, K. and P. S. Sadeghian. 2005. Nemertea. In: Marine Parasitology. K. Rohde, Ed. CSIRO Publishing, pp. 205–210.

Jensen, K. and R. L. Palma. 2005. Insecta. In: Marine Parasitology. K. Rohde, Ed. CSIRO Publishing. pp. 226–230.

Caira J. N., K. Jensen and K. E. Holsinger. 2003. On a new index of host specificity. In: Taxonomie, écologie et évolution des métazoaires parasites. (Livre hommage à Louis Euzet), C. Combes and J. Jourdane, Eds. PUP Perpignan, Tome 1, pp. 161–201.

Siddall, M. E. and K. Jensen. 2003. Incorrect assessment of the information value of multistate characters. Cladistics 19: 269–272.

Caira, J. N., K. Jensen and C. J. Healy. 2001. Interrelationships among tetraphyllidean and lecanicephalidean cestodes. In: Interrelationships of the Platyhelminthes, D. T. J. Littlewood and R. Bray, Eds. Taylor and Francis, London, pp. 135–158.

Jensen, K. 2001. Four new genera and five new species of lecanicephalideans (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea) from elasmobranchs in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Journal of Parasitology 87: 845–861.

Caira, J. N. and K. Jensen. 2001. An investigation of the coevolutionary relationships between onchobothriid tapeworms and their elasmobranch hosts. International Journal for Parasitology 31: 959–974.

Caira, J. N., K. Jensen, Y. Yamane, A. Isobe, and K. Nagasawa. 1997. On the tapeworms of Megachasma pelagios: Description of a new genus and species of lecanicephalidean and additional information on the trypanorhynch Mixodigma leptaleum. In: Biology of the Megamouth shark, K. Yano, J. F. Morrissey, Y. Yabumoto and K. Nakaya, Eds. Tokai University Press, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 181–191.

Caira, J. N., K. Jensen and C. J. Healy. 1999. On the phylogenetic relationships among tetraphyllidean, lecanicephalidean and diphyllidean tapeworm genera. Systematic Parasitology 42: 77–151.

Education: 

2001   Ph.D., Parasitology, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut.
1996   M.S., Zoology, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut.
1993   Vordiplom, Biology, Universität Potsdam, Germany

Current Academic Appointments: 

since 2010–   Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas
since 2010–   Associate Research Scientist, Biodiversity Research Center, Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas

Grants: 

2011–2013    National Science Foundation (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant): Toward Resolving Lecanicephalidean Familial Relationships using Morphology and Molecules. K. Jensen, PI; J. Cielocha, Co-PI) (funding amount: $14,555)

2008–2015    National Science Foundation (Planetary Biodiversity Inventory Program): Collaborative Research: PBI: A survey of the tapeworms (Cestoda: Platyhelminthes) from the vertebrate bowels of the earth. (K. Jensen, PI) (funding amount: $412,273)

2010–2011    KU-UCR Research Collaboration Fund: Parasitic fauna associated with sharks and rays caught from deepwater shrimp fisheries odd Pacific Coast Rica. (K. Jensen, PI) (funding amount: $9,800)

2006–2010    National Science Foundation (Biodiversity Surveys and Inventories Program): Collaborative Research: A survey of the elasmobranchs and their metazoan parasites of Indonesian Borneo (Kalimantan). (K. Jensen, PI) (funding amount: $211,458 + $17,000 in REU supplements)

2007   General Research Fund, University of Kansas (funding amount: $9,071)

2006   New Faculty General Research Fund, University of Kansas (funding amount: $7,989)

2005–2006    Kansas NSF EPSCoR: Towards the elucidation of life-cycles of tapeworms of elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) in the Gulf of Mexico (K. Jensen, PI) (funding amount: $49,988)

2001–2005    National Science Foundation (Biodiversity Surveys and Inventories Program): Elasmobranchs and their metazoan parasites of Borneo (J. N. Caira, PI; K. Jensen, G. Naylor, P. Last, J. Stevens, Co-PIs) (funding amount: $891,176)

Awards: 

2014   Henry Baldwin Ward Medal, American Society of Parasitologists

2001–2003    Lerner Gray Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Museum of Natural History, New York

Teaching: 

Biology and Diversity of Parasites (lecture) (Fall 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014)
Biology and Diversity of Parasites (laboratory) (Fall 2005, 2011, 2014)
Introduction to Systematics (Spring 2005 [50% team taught], Spring 2006 [instructor on record only], Spring 2007 [100%], Spring 2009 [50% team taught], Spring 2011 [50% team taught], Spring 2013 [50% team taught])
Systematics and Macroevolution (Fall 2011 [team taught, 4 lectures])
Nomenclature Seminar (Fall 2009)
Systematics Seminar (Fall 2008, 2009)

Professional Presentations: 
(Since 2001; *presenter)

Guyer, R.* and K. Jensen. A new species of Anteropora (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea) from the Japanese sleeper ray, Narke japonica, off Taiwan. Southwestern Association of Parasitologists. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A. 2014. Oral presentation.

Jensen, K., A. Waeschenbach, J. J. Cielocha, J. N. Caira, and D. T. J. Littlewood. Interrelationships among the lecanicephalidean tapeworms based on molecular sequence data: a proposed family-level classification. 88th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2013. Oral presentation.

Jensen, K. Eniochobothrium (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea): Successful despite lacking a vagina and an effective scolex. Southwestern Association of Parasitologists. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A. 2013. Oral presentation.

Cielocha, J. J.*, A. Yoneva, and K. Jensen. Insights into spermatozoon ultrastructure of lecanicephalidean tapeworms (Platyhelminthes: Cestoda). Annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. San Francisco, California, U.S.A. 2013. Oral presentation.

Cielocha, J. J.* and K. Jensen. Cephalobothrium Shipley and Hornell, 1906 revisited: Resurrection of the Cephalobothriidae Pintner, 1928 (Platyhelminthes: Eucestoda: Lecanicephalidea). 88th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2013. Oral presentation.

Caira, J. N., F. P. L. Marques, K. Jensen, R. Kuchta, and V. Ivanov. Phylogenentic analysis and reconfiguration of the genera in the cestode order Diphyllidea. 88th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2013. Oral presentation.

Caira, J. N. and K. Jensen*. A global look at elasmobranch tapeworms. National Chiayi University, Taiwan. 12 November 2013. Invited seminar.

Odell, N. H.* and K. Jensen. Tetraphyllidean tapeworms of electric rays (Torpediniformes) off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. 87th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. Richmond, Virginia. 2012. Poster presentation.

Odell, N. H.* and K. Jensen. Tetraphyllidean tapeworms of electric rays (Torpediniformes) off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Southwestern Association of Parasitologists. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A. 2012. Oral presentation.

Jensen, K. Tapeworms or sharks and rays: What we don’t know about this host-parasite system. Research Sharing Session, The Commons, University of Kansas, USA. 2012. Invited workshop presentation.

Cielocha, J. J.*, A. Yoneva, and K. Jensen. Spermatozoon ultrastructure of Adelobothrium Shipley, 1900 (Eucestoda: Lecanicephalidea). 87th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. Richmond, Virginia. 2012. Oral presentation.

Cielocha, J. J.*, A. Yoneva, and K. Jensen. Spermatozoon ultrastructure of Adelobothrium Shipley, 1900 (Eucestoda: Lecanicephalidea). Southwestern Association of Parasitologists. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A. 2012. Oral presentation.

Caira, J. N.* and K. Jensen. On the occasional challenges of maintaining monophyletic genera. 87th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. Richmond, Virginia. 2012. Oral presentation.

Caira, J. N. and K. Jensen*. Elasmobranch tapeworms and the importance of host identification. WWF, Ghizo, Solomon Islands. 20 March 2012. Invited seminar.

Koch, K. R.*, J. J. Cielocha, and K. Jensen. Lecanicephalidean generic diversity and host associations. 7th International Workshop on Cestode Systematics, Lawrence, Kansas, USA. 2011. Poster presentation.

Koch, K. R.*, J. J. Cielocha, and K. Jensen. Lecanicephalidean generic diversity and host associations. 86th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. Anchorage, Alaska. 2011. Poster presentation.

Kissinger, J.* and K. Jensen. The status of an unusually small lecanicephalidean with tentacles. Southwestern Association of Parasitologists. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A. 2011. Oral presentation.

Cielocha, J. J.* and K. Jensen. Recognizing Flapocephalus Deshmukh, 1979 (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea) and its potential diversity. Southwestern Association of Parasitologists. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A. 2011. (David A. Becker Award). Oral presentation.

Cielocha, J. J.* and K. Jensen. An assessment of the preliminary phylogenetic position of lecanicephalideans with six excretory vessels. 7th International Workshop on Cestode Systematics, Lawrence, Kansas, USA. 2011. Oral presentation.

Caira, J. N.* and K. Jensen. Species Boundaries: What elasmobranchs tell us. Species Boundaries Session, 7th International Workshop on Cestode Systematics, Lawrence, Kansas, USA. 2011. Invited workshop presentation.

Jensen, K. Use of molecular techniques to elucidate parasite life cycles. 12th International Congress for Parasitology, Melbourne, Australia. August 2010. Symposium “New insights into parasite life cycles.” Keynote presentation.

Jensen, K. The intriguing world of elasmobranch tapeworms. Sam Houston State University. 25 February 2010. Invited seminar.

Jensen, K. Morphological and molecular approaches towards understanding adult and larval elasmobranch tapeworm diversity. Editor’s Symposium, 85th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. Colorado Springs, Denver. June 2010. Invited oral presentation.

Jensen, K. Diversity and life-cycles of elasmobranch tapeworms. Emporia State University. 31 March 2010. Invited seminar.

Cielocha, J. J.* and K. Jensen. The taxonomic status of Hexacanalis (Cestoda: Lecanicephalidea), with comments on pathology caused by one species of Hexacanalis from a butterfly ray in Indonesia. 12th International Congress for Parasitology, Melbourne, Australia. August 2010. Poster presentation.

Cielocha, J. J.* and K. Jensen. Investigating the validity of two questionable lecanicephalidean genera: Hexacanalis and Cephalobothrium. 85th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. Colorado Springs, Denver. June 2010. Oral presentation.

Cielocha, J. J.* and K. Jensen. Investigating the validity of two questionable lecanicephalidean genera: Hexacanalis and Cephalobothrium. Southwestern Association of Parasitologists. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A. 2010. (David A. Becker Award). Oral presentation.

Caira, J. N.* and K. Jensen. A Survey of Tapeworms from Vertebrate Bowels of the Earth: Goals, achievements, and challenges. Brazilian Congress of Zoology, Belem, Brazil. 2010. Invited oral presentation.

Russell, S.* and K. Jensen. The taxonomic status of the enigmatic elasmobranch tapeworm “Tenia narinari” and an investigation of its mode of attachment. Southwestern Association of Parasitologists. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A. 2009. (Mark Dresden Award). Oral presentation.

Russell, S.* and K. Jensen. (The taxonomic status of the enigmatic elasmobranch tapeworm “Tenia narinari” and an investigation of its mode of attachment. American Society of Parasitologists. Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A. 2009. (Outstanding Student Paper Award). Oral presentation.

Koch, K.* and K. Jensen. The lecanicephalidean fauna of three species of eagle rays of the genus Aetomylaeus (Myliobatiformes: Myliobatidae). American Society of Parasitologists. Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A. 2009. Poster presentation.

Hansen, L.* and K. Jensen. A new lecanicephalidean genus parasitizing the fan tail stingray genus Pastinachus. Southwestern Association of Parasitologists. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A. 2009. (Honorable Mention). Oral presentation.

Cielocha, J. J.* and K. Jensen. Towards the stabilization of the lecanicephalidean genus Cephalobothrium and its allies. Southwestern Association of Parasitologists. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A. 2009. (Honorable Mention). Oral presentation.

Russell, S.* and K. Jensen. New cestodes from freshwater stingrays of Indonesian Borneo. 83rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. Arlington, Texas. 2008. Poster presentation.

Owens, H.* and K. Jensen. Multiple species of Phoreiobothrium from the Blacktip shark, Carcharhinus limbatus, from the Gulf of Mexico. 83rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. Arlington, Texas. 2008. Oral presentation.

Owens, H.* and K. Jensen. Multiple species of Phoreiobothrium from the Blacktip shark, Carcharhinus limbatus, from the Gulf of Mexico. Southwestern Association of Parasitologists. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A. 2008. Oral presentation.

Koch, K.* and K. Jensen. The lecanicephalidean fauna of three species of eagle rays of the genus Aetomylaeus (Myliobatiformes: Myliobatidae). 83rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. Arlington, Texas. 2008. Oral presentation.

Koch, K.* and K. Jensen. The lecanicephalidean fauna of three species of eagle rays of the genus Aetomylaeus (Myliobatiformes: Myliobatidae). Southwestern Association of Parasitologists. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A. 2008. Oral presentation.

Jensen, K. Tapeworms of sharks and rays: systematics, diversity, and life cycles. University of Nebraska, Omaha. 2008. Invited seminar.

Jensen, K. Molecular diagnostic markers for life cycle studies – a case study with Tetraphyllidea. Cestode Life Cycle Session, 6th International Workshop on Cestode Systematics, Smolenice, Slovak Republic. 2008. Invited workshop presentation.

Caira, J. N.*, K. Jensen, and F. B. Reyda. New cestodes from freshwater stingrays of Indonesian Borneo. 83rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. Arlington, Texas. 2008. Oral presentation.

Jensen, K. Using morphology and molecules to address life cycle questions in marine cestodes. 7th International Symposium on Fish Parasites, Viterbo, Italy 2007. Keynote presentation.

Jensen, K. Towards the elucidation of life-cycles of tapeworms of elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Southwestern Association of Parasitologists. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A. 2007. Oral presentation.

Caira, J. N.*, K. Jensen, A. Waeschenbach, and D. T. J. Littlewood. Interrelationships and host associations of the onchobothriid cestodes of carcharhiniform sharks. 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. Merida, Mexico. 2007. Oral presentation.

Owens, H. L.* and K. Jensen. New species of Phoreiobothrium (Cestoda: Onchobothriidae) in carcharhinid sharks from the Gulf of Mexico. Southwestern Association of Parasitologists. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A. 2006. Poster presentation.

Koch, K. R.* and K. Jensen. Three new species of Paraorygmatobothrium (Cestoda: Tetraphyllidea) from two carcharhinid shark species. Southwestern Association of Parasitologists. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A. 2006. Oral presentation.

Jensen, K. Towards the elucidation of life-cycles of tapeworms of elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) in the northern Gulf of Mexico. 11th International Congress of Parasitology. 2006. Glasgow, Scotland. Oral presentation.

Call, G.*, K. Jensen, and S. A. Bullard. A survey of the tapeworm fauna of the cownose ray, Rhinoptera bonasus, from the northern Gulf of Mexico, with comments on their intermediate hosts. 11th International Congress of Parasitology. 2006. Glasgow, Scotland. Poster presentations.

Call, G.*, K. Jensen, and S. A. Bullard. A survey of the tapeworm fauna of the cownose ray, Rhinoptera bonasus, from the northern Gulf of Mexico, with comments on their intermediate hosts. Southwestern Association of Parasitologists. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma, U.S.A. 2006. Oral presentation.

Bullard, S. A.*, K. Jensen, and S. D. Snyder. Blood flukes (Sanguinicolidae) of basal actinopertygiians. 11th International Congress of Parasitology. 2006. Glasgow, Scotland. Poster presentation.

Yearsley, G. K.*, P. R. Last, M. Manjaji, J. N. Caira, K. Jensen, G. J. P. Naylor and A. Pklim. The elasmobranchs of Borneo: an initial investigation of the fauna from Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia, based on field and market surveys. Symposium: Taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of Indo-Pacific chondrichthyans. 7th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference. Taipei, Taiwan. 2005. Oral presentation.

Olson, P. D.*, I. Beveridge, J. N. Caira, K. Jensen, R. M. Overstreet and D. T. J. Littlewood. Evolution of the trypanorhynchs. British Society for Parasitology. Nottingham, UK. 2005. Oral presentation.

Jensen, K. Lecanicephalidea. 5th International Workshop on Cestode Systematics, Ceske Budejoviche, Czech Republic. 2005. Invited workshop presentation.

Jensen, K. Biodiversity surveys and inventories: elasmobranchs and their metazoan parasites. Research Center for Biodiversity, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. 2005. Invited seminar.

Jensen, K. and J. N. Caira. A survey of the metazoan parasites of elasmobranches of Malaysian Borneo: II. Results from rays and summary. Symposium: Taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of Indo-Pacific chondrichthyans. 7th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference. Taipei, Taiwan. 2005. Oral presentation.

Caira, J. N.* and K. Jensen. Unified terminology: Microtriches. 5th International Workshop on Cestode Systematics, Ceske Budejoviche, Czech Republic. 2005. Invited workshop presentation.

Caira, J. N.* and K. Jensen. A survey of the metazoan parasites of elasmobranches of Malaysian Borneo: I. Project overview and results from sharks. Symposium: Taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of Indo-Pacific chondrichthyans. 7th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference. Taipei, Taiwan. 2005. Oral presentation.

Jensen, K. and C. J. Healy. (Co-presenters). A parasite database (FileMaker Pro). Parasitic Invertebrate Collections and Relational Database Management Workshop, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur,

Healy, C. J.*, J. N. Caira and K. Jensen. A comparison of the cestodes fauna of the freshwater stingray Himantura chaophraya from two disjunct regions of its range: Northern Australia and Malaysian Borneo. 79th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. Philadelphia, U.S.A. 2004. Oral presentation.

Jensen, K.* and J. N. Caira. Status of the enigmatic tetraphyllidean genera Myzocephalus, Myzophyllobothrium and Rhoptrobothrium. 78th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists. Halifax, Canada. 2003. Oral presentation.

Jensen, K. Generic diversity and host associations of cestodes of the order Lecanicephalidea. Xth International Congress of Parasitology. Vancouver, Canada. 2002. Oral presentation.

Major Field Experience: 

2013   India; Taiwan; South Korea; UK
2012   Solomon Islands; Belize; South Carolina (in collaboration with SC Dept. of Nat. Resources and College of Charleston)
2011   Oklahoma; Costa Rica
2010   South Africa aboard the F.R.S. Africana; Vietnam
2006–2008    Kalimantan, Indonesia; Gulf of Mexico: MS, FL
2005   Kalimantan, Indonesia; Gulf of Mexico: MS, FL; Taiwan; Senegal
2004   Weipa, QLD, Australia (in collaboration with L. Squire, Cairns Marine); Malaysian Borneo
2003   Weipa, QLD, Australia (in collaboration with L. Squire, Cairns Marine); Malaysian Borneo; Senegal
2002   Malaysian Borneo; Senegal
2001   invited Scientist, NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service shark long-lining cruise (R.V. Delaware II)
2000   Florida Keys
1999   Gove, NT, Australia aboard a commercial fishing vessel (F.V. Ocean Harvest); Madagascar; Puerto Rico
1998   Japan
1997   Darwin, NT, Australia
1996   invited Scientist, NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service shark long-lining cruise (R.V. Oregon II); Baja, México
1993–2000    collection of tapeworms at shark tournaments, Montauk, Long Island, New York

Professional Societies: 

American Society of Parasitologists (ASP)
American Elasmobranch Society (AES)
Southwestern Association of Parasitologists (SWAP)