My current research is focused on the spatial dynamics of Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens in two different ecosystems.
Spatial dynamics of ticks and tick-borne diseases in Dutchess County, NY
In Dutchess County, an area where Lyme disease is endemic, we are interested in the spatial distribution of the black-legged tick, Ixodes scapularis, and potential environmental correlates. Additionally, we are studying the effects of host communities on Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis.
Sudden Oak Death and Lyme disease in northern California
Forest communities in northern California are being altered by Sudden Oak Death. The change in forest species composition and the creation of canopy gaps may affect the western black-legged tick, Ixodes pacificus, and their hosts. We are studying how tick and host populations are influenced by Sudden Oak Death and the resulting affects on Lyme disease risk.