Emeritus Biology Faculty: John S. Mackiewicz

John S. Mackiewicz

Emeritus Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biological Sciences
Ph.D., Cornell University

Email jomack@localnet.com

Areas of Interest

  • Ecology and Systematics of Fish Cestodes
  • Cestode Evolution
  • Parasite Evolution



My primary research interests continue to be on the morphology, systematics, zoogeography, host-parasite relationships, biology and evolution of the Caryophyllidea, intestinal non-segmented cestode parasites of freshwater fish. Since retirement (2002) , special attention has been directed at the evolutionary relationships of the Caryophyllidea within the Eucestoda . To that end, attempts have been made to clarify the terminology of cestode body types. I am in collaboration with colleagues who are studying caryophyllidean development and scolex morphology, evolutionary significance of spermatogenesis and vitellogenesis, and the possible evolutionary value of morphology at the ultrastructural level of Archigetes and of other lower tapeworms . Still other work involves assistance with a cladistic analysis of the phylogenetic relationships at the generic level within the group and with a cytological study of a species of Wenyonia. A checklist and synoptic taxonomic review of all species in the group is in progress (1/06).

(Professor Mackiewicz retired in 2002 after 40 years with the Department; he will be teaching part-time for the next few years.)



Selected Publications:

  • Zdzisław Świrderski, Hichen Kacem, John S. Mackiewicz, Jordi Miquel (2018) Functional ultrastructure and cytochemistry of vitellogenesis and mature vitellocytes of the digenean Cainocreadium labracis (Dujardin, 1845), parasite of Dicentrarchus labrax (L.,1758). Parasitology Research (on line: 26 December 2018)) https://doi.org/10.1007/s00436-018-6180-4 (print version in 2019).
  • Martina Matouškova, Tomáš Bílý, Magdaléna Bruňanská, John S. Mackiewicz, Jana Nebesářová (2018) Ultrastructural, cytochemistry and electron tomography analysis of Caryohlyllaeides fennica (Schneider, 1902) (Cestoda:Lytocestidae) reveals novel spermatology characteristics in the Eucestoda. Parasitology Research 117:3091-3102.
  • Bruňanská, M., Mackiewicz, J.S., Poddubnaya,L.G. (2017) Spermatological characteristics of the enigmatic monogenean Dictyocotyle coeliac Nybelin,1941 (Monopistocotylea: Monocotylidae) reveal possible adaptations to endoparasitism. Acta Parasitologica  62(1):110-120.
  • Mackiewicz, John S. (2015) Marriage: Equal yet Different. Albany Times Union 19 June 2015: Perspective. Print.
  • Mackiewicz,John S., Zdzisław Świderski (2014) In Memoriam: Professor Zbigniew (Bob) Kabata (1924-2014). Acta Parasitologica 59(4),553-554.
  • Magdaléna Bruňanská , Petra Drobníková, John S. Mackiewicz, Jana Nebesářová ( 2013)  Cytocomposition of the vitellarium in Khawia sinensis Hsü, 1935 (Cestoda, Caryophyllidea, Lytocestidae): another caryophyllidean species with lamellar bodies and lipids. Parasitology Research 112: 2703-2711.
  • Bruňanská, M., P. Drobníková, J. S. Mackiewicz, J. Nebesářová  (2013) Reinvestigation of vitellogenesis in Caryophyllaeus laticeps (Pallas,1781) (Cestoda, Caryophyllidea Caryophyllaeidae), monozoic tapeworm of Abramis brama (Pisces, Teleostei). Helminthologia 50: 73-81.
  • Bruňanská, M., John S. Mackiewicz, Jana Nebesářová  (2012) Vitellogenesis in Archigetes  sieboldi Leuckart, 1878  (Cestoda, Caryophyllidea, Caryophylleidae ), an intestinal parasite of carp (Cyprinus carpio L.). Histology and Histopathoogy 27:1611-1620.
  • Bruňanská, M., John S. Mackiewicz, Daniel Młocicki, Zdzisław Świderski, Jana Nebesářová  (2012) Early intrauterine embryonic development in Khawia sinensis Hsu,1935 (Cestoda, Caryophyllidea, Lytocestidae), an invasive tapeworm of carp (Cyprinus carpio ): an ultrastructural study.  Parasitology Research 110(2), 1009-1017.
  • Młocicki,D., Zdzisław Świderski ,John S.Mackiewicz ,Mohammed H. Ibraheem. (2011) Ultrastructural and cytoche mical studies of GER-bodies in the intrauterine eggs of Wenyonia virilis Woodland, 1923 (Cestoda, Caryophyllidea). Acta Parasitologica 56 (1), 40-47.
  • Marta Špakulová, Martina Orosová, John S,Mackiewicz. (2011) Cytogenetics and Chromosomes of Tapeworms (Platyhelminthes, Cestoda). Advances in Parasitology 74, 177 -230.
  • Młocicki,D., Zdzisław Świderski ,John S.Mackiewicz ,Mohammed H. Ibraheem. (2010) Ultrastructure of intrauterine eggs: Evidence of early ovoviviparity in the caryophyllidean cestode Wenyonia virilis Woodland, 1923. Acta Parasitologica 55(4), 349-358.
  • Mackiewicz, John S. (2010) Top Grades. Letter to the Editor, Fly Fisherman Oct, Nov. Dec. p 6.
  • Mackiewicz, John. (March 1, 2010) Now That's Good Thinking ! Time. 175 (8) 6, (Inbox, Letter to the Editor).
  • Oros,Mickuláš, Tomáš Scholz, Vladimira Hanzelová and John S.Mackiewicz. (2010) Scolex morphology of monozoic cestodes (Caryophyllidea) from the Palaearctic Region:a useful tool for species identification. Folia Parasitologica 57 (1):37 - 46.
  • Świderski, Z., Młocicki, D., Mackiewicz, J.S., Miquel, J., Ibraheem, M.H. and Magdalena Bruňanská.  (2009)  Untrastructure and cytochemistry of vitellogenesis in Wenyonia virilis Woodland, 1923 (Cestoda,Caryophyllidea). Acta Parasitologica 54(2):131-142.
  • L.Poddubnaya , J.S.Mackiewicz (2009) Ultrastructure of the cirrus sac of echinophallid tapeworms ( Cestoda, Bothriocephalidea ) and the terminology of cirrus hard structures International Journal for Parasitology 39 (3): 381-390.
  • Miguel, Jordi, Zdzisław Świderski, John S. Mackiewicz and Mohammed H. Ibraheem (2008) Ultrastructure of spermiogenesis in the caryophyllidean cestode Wenyonia virilis Woodland,1923 with re-assessment of flagellar rotation in Glaridacris catostomi Cooper,1920. Acta Parasitologica 53 (1) : 19-29.
  • Oros, Mikulás, Vladimíra Hanzelová, Tomáš Scholz and John S. Mackiewicz (2008) Phylogenetic relationships of the monozooic tapeworms (Eucestoda: Caryophyllidea) inferred from morphological characters. Systematic Parasitology. 70:1-14.
  • Mackiewicz, John S. (2007) Access is Not TU's Mission. Fly Fisherman 39, December, 8. ( Letter to Editor).
  • Świderski Z, Jordi Miquel, Lassad Neifar and John S. Mackiewicz (2007) Ultrastructural and cytochemical studies on vitellogenesis in the trypanorhynch cestode Parachristianella trygonis Dollfus, 1946 (Eutetrarhynchidae). Acta Parasitologica 52(2): 114 - 126.
  • Mackiewicz, John S. (2007) Up to the challenge. Nature Conservancy. Summer, 8. ( Letter to Editor)
  • Mackiewicz, John S. (2007) In current mind-set. science,religion clash. Opinion. TIMES UNION, D4. (Letter to Editor, April 1).
  • Mackiewicz, John S. (2007) First and Last Casts, Fall 2006. Our Readers Write. TROUT, Winter, 8. (Letter to Editor).
  • Mackiewicz, John S. (Dec. 4, 2006) When Worldviews Collide. TIME. 165 (23), 10, (Letter to Editor).
  • Świderski Z., Miquel J., Młocicki D., Neifar L., Grytner-Zięcina B., Mackiewicz J. (2006) Ultrastructural and cytochemical studies on vitellogenesis in trypanorhynch cestode Dollfusiella spinulifera Beveridge, Neifar et Euzet, 2004 (Eutetrarhynchidae). Acta Parasitologica 51 (3), 182-193.
  • Świderski Z., Miquel J., Młocicki D., Neifar L., Grytner-Zięcina B., Mackiewicz J. (2006) Ultrastructure of vitellocytes in the cestode Progrillotia pastinacae Dollfus, 1946 (Trypanorhyncha, Progrillotidae). Acta Parasitologica 51 (3), 194-199.
  • Mohammed H. Ibraheem and John S. Mackiewicz (2006) Scolex development, morphology and mode of attachment of Wenyonia virilis Woodland, 1923 (Cestoidea, Caryophyllidea). Acta Parasitologica, 51(1), 51-58
  • Poddubnaya, Larisa G., John S. Mackiewicz, Magdalena Brunanska, and Bahram S. Dezfuli.(2005) Fine structure of the male reproductive ducts, vagina and seminal receptacle of Cyathocephalus truncatus (Pallas 1781) Kessler 1868 (Cestoda: Spathobothriidea). Folia Parasitiologica 52, 241 – 250.
  • Poddubnaya, Larisa G., John S. Mackiewicz, Magdalena Brunanska, and Thomas Scholz. (2005) Fine structure of the female reproductive ducts of Cyathocephalus truncatus (Cestoda: Spathobothriidea), from salmonid fish. Folia Parasitiologica 52, 323 - 338.
  • Poddubnaya, Larisa G., John S. Mackiewicz, Magdalena Brunanska, and Thomas Scholz. (2005) Ultrastructural studies on the reproductive system of progenetic Diplocotyle olrikii (Cestoda: Spathebothriidae) :ovarian tissue. Acta Parasitologica 50 (3),199-207.
  • Poddubnaya, Larisa G., John S. Mackiewicz, Zdzislaw Swiderski, Magdalena Brunanska, and Thomas Scholz. (2005) Fine structure of egg-forming complex ducts,eggshell formation and neuronal plexus in progenetic Diplocotyle olrikii (Cestoda: Spathebothriidae) Acta Parasitologica 50 (4),292-304.
  • Swiderski, Zdzislaw, Daniel Młocicki, Catarina Eira, Jordi Miquel, Barbara Grytner-Ziecina and John S. Mackiewicz. (2005) Vitellogenesis in Mosgovoyia ctenoides (Railliet, 1890) Beveridge, 1978 (Cyclophyllidea, Anoplocephalidae) Acta Parasitologica 50 (4), 305-311.
  • Swiderski, Z., Magdalena Brunanska, Larisa Poddubnaya, and John S. Mackiewicz. (2004) Cytochemical and ultrastructural study on vitellogenesis in caryophyllidean cestode Khawia armeniaca (Cholodkovski,1915). Acta Parasitologica 49(1):16 - 24.
  • Swiderski, Z. and John S. Mackiewicz. (2004) Ultrastructural studies on the cellular organization of the coracidium of the cestode Bothriocephalus clavibothrium Ariola,1899 (Pseudophyllidea, Bothriocephalidae). Acta Parasitologica 49(2) : 116 - 139.
  • Poddubnaya, Larisa,G., John S. Mackiewicz and Boris I. Kuperman (2003) Ultrastructure of Archigetes sieboldi (Cestoda: Caryophyllidea) : relationship between progenesis, development and evolution. Folia Parasitologica 50:275 - 292
  • Mackiewicz, J.S. (2003) Caryophyllidea (Cestoidea): Molecules, morpholgy and evolution. Acta Parasitologica 48(3):143 - 154.(Invited Review)
  • Swiderski, Zdzislaw and John S. Mackiewicz(2002) Ultrastructure of spermatogenesis and spermatozoa of the caryophyllidean cestode Glaridacris catostomi Cooper, 1920. Acta Parasitologica 47(2) : 83-104.
  • Mackiewicz, J.S. (1998) Key to Caryophyllid Cestodes of North America. In: Parasites of Freshwater Fishes of North America (G. Hoffman, ed.) 2nd ed., Comstock Publishing Associates, 219-220.
  • Mackiewicz, J.S. (1994) Order Caryophyllidea van Beneden in Carus, 1863. In: Keys to the Cestode Parasites of Vertebrates (Khalil et al., eds.) CAB International, 21-43.
  • Mackiewicz, J.S. (1988) Cestode Transmission Patterns. Journal of Parasitology. 74: 60-71.
  • Mackiewicz, J.S. (1984) Cercomer Theory: Significance of Sperm Morphology, Oncosphere Metamorphosis, Polarity Reversal, and the Cercomer to the Evolutionary Relationships of Monogenea to Cestoidea. Acta Parasitilogica Polonica. XXIX (fasc. 1) 11-21.
  • Mackiewicz, J.S. (1982) Caryophyllidea (Cestoidea): perspectives. Parasitology 84:397 - 417.
  • Mackiewicz, J.S. (1981) Synoptic review of the Caryophyllidea (Cestoidea) of India, Pakistan and Nepal. Himalayan Journal of Science. 1(1):1 - 14.
  • Mackiewicz, J.S. (1981) Caryophyllidea (Cestoidea): Evolution and Classification. Advances in Parasitology. 19: 139-206.
  • Grey, A.J. and J.S. Mackiewicz (1980) Chromosomes of Caryophyllidean Cestodes: Diploidy, Triploidy and Parthenogenesis in Glaridacris catostomi. International Journal of Parasitology. 10: 397-407.
  • Mackiewicz, J.S. (1974) The Genus Caryophyllaeus Gmelin (Cestoidea: Caryophyllidea) in the Nearctic. Proceedings of the Helminthological Society of Washington. 41: 184-191.
  • Mackiewicz, J.S. (1972) Caryophyllidea (Cestoidea): A Review. Experimental Parasitology. 31: 417-512.
  • Mackiewicz,john S. (1968)  Vitellogenesis and Eggshell Formation in Caryophyllaeus laticeps (Pallas) and Caryophyllaeides fennica (Schneider))(Cestoidea: Caryophyllaeidea). Zeitschrift für Parasitenkunde .30:18-32.
  • Dodds, D,G. and J.S. Mackiewicz (1961) Some parasites and diseases of the snowshoe hares in Newfoundland. The Journal of Wildlife Management. 25 (4): 409-414.
  • Evans, H.E. and J.S. Mackiewicz (1958) The incidence and location of metacercarial cysts (Trematoda: Strigeida) on 35 species of Central New York fishes. Journal of Parasitology. 44 (2): 231-235.
  • Mackiewicz, J. and R.H. Backus  (1956)  Oceanic records of Lasionycteris noctivagans and Lasiurus borealis. Journal of Mammalogy.  37 (3):442-443.