Marian Litvaitis

Professor of Zoology and Conservation Biology

Ph.D. University of Maine, Orono, 1985

Research Areas

Invertebrate Zoology, Phylogeography, Population genetics, Systematics

Research Emphasis

For more information on Dr. Litvaitis' research, please visit her web site.

Courses Taught

  • NR 444E: Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog: The World of Poisonous Animals (even years only)
  • NR 625: Physiological Ecology
  • NR 642: Biogeography (odd years only)
  • NR 664: Conservation Genetics


  • Quiroga S, Bolaños M, Litvaitis MK. First description of deep-sea polyclad flatworms from the North Pacific: Anocellus nov gen profundus nov sp (Anocellidae, nov fam) and Oligocladus voightae nov sp (Euryleptidae). Zootaxa 1317: 1-19
  • Rawlinson KA, Litvaitis MK. Polycladida, Cotylea: A cladistic analysis of morphology. Invert Biol (in press)
  • Liana MK, Litvaitis MK. Comparative spermatology of selected polyclad flatworms (Platyhelminthes). J Morph (in press)
  • Bolaños DM, Quiroga SY, Litvaitis MK. Five new species of cotylean flatworms (Platyhelminthes: Polycladida) from the wider Caribbean. Zootaxa (in press)
  • Litvaitis JA, Tash JP, Litvaitis MK, Marchand MN, Kovach AI, Innes R (2006) A range-wide survey to determine the current distribution of New England cottontails. Wildlife Soc Bull 34: 1190-1197
  • Bolaños DM, Quiroga SY, Litvaitis MK (2006) A new acotylean flatworm, Armatoplana colombiana n sp (Platyhelminthes: Polycladida: Stylochoplanidae) from the Caribbean coast of Colombia, South America. Zootaxa 1162: 53-64
  • Quiroga SY, Bolaños M, Litvaitis MK (2004) Policládidos (Platyhelminthes: "Turbellaria") del Atlántico Tropical Occidental. Polyclads (Platyhelminthes: "Turbellaria") from the Tropical Western Atlantic. Biota Colombiana 5: 159-172
  • Quiroga SY, Bolaños DM, Litvaitis MK. 2004. A checklist of polyclad flatworms (Platyhelminthes, Polycladida) from the Caribbean coast of Colombia, South America. Zootaxa 633: 1-12
  • Kovach AI, Litvaitis MK, Litvaitis JA. 2003. Evaluation of fecal DNA analysis as a method to determine the geographic distribution of a rare lagomorph. Wildlife Society Bulletin 31: 1061-1065
  • Hochberg R, Litvaitis MK. 2003. Ultrastructural and immunohistochemical observations of the nervous systems of three macrodasyidan gastrotrichs. Acta Zoologica 84: 171-178
  • Hochberg R, Litvaitis MK. 2003. Organization of muscles in Chaetonotida Paucitubulatina (Gastrotricha). Meiofauna Marina 12:41-52

University of New Hampshire
Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
189 Rudman Hall
46 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Research Areas: 
Genetics and Reproduction
Invertebrate Zoology
Marine Biology