My (KDM) first encounter with Gerry Schad was a memorable experience (a phrase many, I think, would find appropriate). In the 1960s, while trying to carryout a modest parasite ecology study in rats and bandicoots in Taiwan, I had become frustrated with identifying several of the recovered helminth species, and I was looking for someone who could do it for me. Having recently read Gerry's classic article on niche diversification and resource partitioning in tortoise pinworm populations, it struck me that he was just the person I should contact for advice on how to deal with the difficult to identify nematodes. The response I got was unexpected but, as it turned out, prescient. Because he had just taken up the duties as Head of Parasitology at the Johns Hopkins International Center for Medical Research in Calcutta, India, he was dealing with a backlog of commitments,...

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