Pat Muzzall Retires After 39 Years at MSU

Patrick “Pat” Muzzall retired in May 2018, after 39 years at MSU. Muzzall joined the MSU Department of Natural Science in 1979, where he taught several courses and developed a course, Humans and Disease, which was well received. In 1989, he transferred to the Department of Zoology (now Integrative Biology).

Pat is a respected parasitologist, working primarily with the parasites of fish and amphibians. His excellence in research is demonstrated by his list of publications, which includes more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and several synopses on the parasites of ectotherms and swimmers’ itch. He was a long-term member of the American Society of Parasitologists, the Helminthological Society of Washington, and the Midwestern Conference of Parasitologists. His research program welcomed both graduate and undergraduate students. Pat was heavily involved in undergraduate education, primarily teaching general biology and parasitology. He served on several department and college committees involving the subject matter and pedagogy of general biology at MSU. He served as the Undergraduate Director of Curriculum Affairs in 2015, 2016, and Spring Semester 2017 for the Department. He also held an adjunct appointment in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and was associated with the Great Lakes Fish Health Committee.