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MDI Science Café: Tick Talk
October 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The topic of the MDI Science Café for Monday, Oct. 19, will be “Tick Talk: Understanding the Socio-Ecological Drivers of the Emergence of Lyme Disease in Maine,” presented by Allison Gardner, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Biology and Ecology at University of Maine, Orono.
The blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) first appeared in Maine during the 1980s, and its geographic range expansion has been associated with a concomitant increase in the prevalence of tick-borne pathogens throughout the state. Maine has experienced a five-fold increase in incidence of Lyme disease in humans over the past decade, and multiple emerging tick-borne diseases also are on the rise, including human babesiosis, human granulocytic anaplasmosis and Powassan virus. This talk will explore the ecological and social drivers of the spread of the blacklegged tick and the pathogens it transmits, drawing upon ongoing, collaborative research at the University of Maine, and discuss management strategies to inhibit tick-borne disease transmission among wildlife and humans.
Our live online Zoom presentations will be recorded and uploaded for those who cannot make the live session. Please note, when Zoom records, it captures the audience as well as the presenter. If you do not wish to be recorded, please turn off your video camera. Audio will still be available.
MDI Science Cafés are offered in fulfillment of the MDI Biological Laboratory’s mission to promote scientific literacy and increase public engagement with science. The popular events offer a chance to hear directly from speakers about trends in science.
Participants are asked to please pre-register online so that we can send you the link to the online presentation.