Biology professor Tom Simmons presented his disease and vector ecology laboratory's research findings on Lyme disease risk in the Allegheny National Forest at the fifth annual Mid-Atlantic Tick Summit held at the National Wildlife Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland on March 2, 2016.
The findings were based on fieldwork conducted by undergraduate biology majors William Gerardi, Colin Kytchak, and Sara McBride; biology professor Joe Duchamp; and Simmons for eight weeks this past summer in the 74,000-acre forested Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative area of McKean County.
Their research project is in collaboration with East Stroudsburg University's Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory and the U.S. Forest Service's Northern Research Station.
The summit was sponsored by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Health Hygiene, Center for Zoonotic and Vector-borne Diseases. There were over 100 representatives of local, state, and federal agencies, schools of medicine and public health, advocacy organizations, and consulting firms in attendance.