AG Parasitologie (PD Dr. A. Renz)
LS Vergl. Zoologie (Inst. EVE)
Auf der Morgenstelle 28
PO Box 65 Ngaoundere, CAMEROUN
Mrs. Dipl. biol. Stephanie Maier studied biology at the University of Tübingen and specialized on zoology and parasitology. In her thesis, she investigates how to classify the age of Onchocerca ochengi, a parasite of African Zebu cattle. Female adult Onchocerca worms do not have a functional gut and therefore cannot excrete faeces. Instead, they accumulate waste in their body. Young worms are very pale of colour and they turn more and more brownish with age. In her project, Stephanie develops criteria and quantitative methods for the age-grading of the worms. Thanks to a scholarship by the DAAD, she could come to Ngaoundéré for 3 months in 2010 and worked in the project to collect data for her thesis. Together with Daniela Renz, she analysed the attacking and landing behaviour of Simulium spp flies on African Zebu cattle (see entomology).
She finished her thesis of Diploma in 2012 and has been working since with UNICEF in Bonn.