Biology professor Tom Simmons was interviewed on February 6 by the
Tribune-Review Live to comment on the possible effects this harsh winter
may have on the overwintering blacklegged tick population.
laboratory studies have shown significant mortality at temperatures
similar to what we are experiencing this season, Simmons cautions that,
in nature, ticks have behavioral and physiological adaptations that
protect them from the cold. Nevertheless, given the marked temperature
fluctuations a twenty percent reduction in numbers is a reasonable
The text and video of the interview are posted online.