Welcome to the
Manter Laboratory of Parasitology

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A Short History of the Manter Laboratory

The Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology is ranked by parasitologists world-wide as one of the most important active centers of Systematic Parasitology. It contains the largest collection of parasites in a University museum world-wide and is the second largest in the western hemisphere.

Vials in boxes being labeled and recorded

The Manter Laboratory, University of Nebraska State Museum was established 29 March 1971 by Mary Hanson Pritchard with the installation of the globally important collection of parasites donated to the lab by the late Professor Harold Winfred Manter. In 1981 the HWML was designated by the American Society of Parasitologists one of three National Resource Centers for Parasitology and many students associated with the lab have been trained in systematic and ecological parasitology as well as other aspects of museology.

Notably, three Henry Baldwin Ward Medalists, the highest annual award that is given by the American Society of Parasitologists to early career parasitologists, were students in the HWML while Professor Mary Hanson Pritchard directed the laboratory (Professor Pritchard is now serving as Curator Emerita).

Vision Statement:

Providing national and international leadership in research and studies on the systematics, taxonomy, and biodiversity of parasites.

Parasitism: The most common mode of life on earth.

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Vials in boxes being labeled and recorded


In the past 5 years, more than 300 peer-reviewed publications have resulted from research both in the HWML parasite collection and from specimens loaned from, or deposited into, the collection as either type or voucher specimens.

On an annual basis we process around 50 loans requests and we receive thousands of specimens into the collection from researchers world-wide who are participating in the global effort to document parasite biodiversity and enhance species discovery efforts.

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