Simmons Presents at Integrated Tick Management Symposium in D.C. and Visits Capitol Hill

Posted on 5/19/2016 5:36:30 PM

Biology Professor Tom Simmons presented a poster on “Forest fragmentation, deer density, and Lyme disease risk in the Allegheny National Forest: A small mammal perspective” at the Integrated Tick Management Symposium: Solving America’s Tick-Borne Disease Problem, held from May 16 to 17 in Washington, D.C.

Simmons’ coauthors were Kacie Chern, Meaghan Bird, and Jane Huffman from East Stroudsburg University; William Gerardi, Sara McBride, and Joe Duchamp from IUP; and Alex Royo from the USDA Forest Service.

The Symposium was hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America, and the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center and was attended by more than 150 individuals from academic institutions, government agencies, industry, and nonprofit organizations.

After the symposium, Simmons visited the offices of Representative Bill Shuster and Senator Bob Casey to advocate for more research and development funding to address the tick and tick-borne disease problem, especially for surveillance, control, and prevention.

In addition to Simmons (front row, second from right), the Capital Hill contingency included (back row, left to right) Amanda Cline (U.S. Army), Holly Gaff (Old Dominion University), May Berrenbaum (University of Illinois), Saravanan Thangamani (University of Texas), Charles Lubelcyzk (Maine Medical Center Research Institute), Kirby Stafford (Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station), Robert Maurais (Mainely Ticks), and (front row left to right) Rebecca Trout Fryxell (University of Tennessee), Graham Hickling (University of Tennessee), Thomas Mather (University of Rhode Island), and Jean Tsao (Michigan State University).

ITM Symposium Washington D.C.

Department of Biology