Research interests

Birds of prey infections with Sarcocistidae family. Pathogenic S. calchasi, S. halieti, S. microti and S. glareoli species prevalence in Lithuania. Toxoplasma gondii occurence in Strigiformes, Accipitriformes, Falconiformes.

Annotation of the doctoral dissertation

The aim of the doctoral research is to investigate the infection of the populations of hawks, owls and falcons with parasitic protozoa of the Sarcocystidae family in Lithuania and Spain.

The basic objectives:
1. To optimize methods for identification of Sarcocystidae family parasite species and determination of the prevalence of infection.
2. Parasites detected in muscle tissue, internal organs and brain will be described in detail using morphological, histopathological and genetic analysis.
3. Evaluate the role of birds of prey in the distribution of the test population parasites.

  1. 9th Conference of Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology, 2021 m. Balandžio 21-23 d. Šukytė T., Stadalienė I., Karvelienė B., Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in cats in Kaunas, Lithuania