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Small, fast, and crowded: Mammal traits amplify Lyme disease risk

In the U.S., some 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually. Thousands also suffer from babesiosis and anaplasmosis, tick-borne ailments that can occur alone or as co-infections with Lyme disease.

Cleaning Up the Clean Water Act

I spent a lot of time outdoors as a kid in southern Michigan in the 1960s and 70s. The river in my hometown was a sour-smelling mess the color and consistency of potato soup, the miles of enticing beaches along nearby Lake Erie were never once open for swimming, 

An interview with Cary guest lecturer Steven Cohen

Robin Hood Radio interviews Steven Cohen, Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, about his Cary Institute lecture The Path to Sustainability. Cohen discusses the importance of environmental policy and the need to manage short-term costs for long-term gains.  

Cary Institute students present their findings

On August 15 the 12 students in this year’s Cary Institute’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program presented the results of the research they conducted during the ten weeks they spent at the Institute this summer.

Scientists track ticks as they move north

While Lyme disease is usually found along coastal areas-the mid-Hudson valley, Long Island, and parts of the Jersey shore-people are now reporting tick bites further and further north into the Capital region, and even some people in the Adirondacks

Toxic algae can put water sources at risk

Perhaps this summer’s most ironic story was the news that residents of Toledo, Ohio, a city on the shores of one of the largest and most magnificent lakes in the world, had no water to drink. 

Ecologists optimistic about power to change

I often hear that ecologists should stop being so gloomy. After all, the world isn’t coming to an end — the sky is still blue, the grass is still green and the birds are still singing.

Discover our grounds

Looking to commune with nature? One of the Hudson Valley’s best kept secrets is the Cary Institute’s 2,000-acre campus.

Hudson Data Jam

For more than thirty years, our researchers have been studying the Hudson River and its watershed, analyzing everything from water chemistry to invasive species. That vast data set was the inspiration for a new offering by our Education Program.

Welcoming Barbara Han

Join us in welcoming Dr. Barbara Han, the newest addition to the Cary Institute’s growing infectious disease ecology team.

An interview with Jon Cole

Cary Institute biogeochemist Dr. Jonathan Cole recently received one of the highest distinctions a scientist can achieve: election into the National Academy of Sciences. The honor recognizes his distinguished career in limnology, the study of lakes, rivers, and other inland waters.

A pulse on Africa's Mara River

Cary Institute scientist Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall is working with colleagues at Yale University to understand how wildlife impacts the Mara River. Degraded waters have been linked to typhoid and cholera outbreaks, as well as fish kills.

Cary Institute appoints new president

Following a distinguished career at the Wildlife Conservation Society, Dr. Joshua Ginsberg will assume the role of president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies this fall.

Four facts about tick-borne illness

Cary Institute scientists have been investigating the ecology of Lyme disease and other tick-borne ailments for more than 20 years. Here are some important tick facts to remember this summer.

From our President

This is my last letter in Ecofocus, as I will be retiring from the Cary Institute this summer. Our seven years in Millbrook have gone incredibly fast, and Lisa and I have certainly enjoyed our time here.

Supporters Corner: Aldo Leopold Society

Nearly 100 members of the Aldo Leopold Society attended the Ned Ames Honorary Lecture on April 25 featuring Bill Schlesinger’s last official presentation, “If I had a Hammer.” 

Acid rain: what it takes to stop pollution

pH levels, a measure of acidity, are improving in the Adirondacks. Now, when the state stocks fish in many lakes, they survive, and even thrive, to the joy of fishermen who found the 1970s and '80s depressing. It's a remarkable turnaround in since acid rain's discovery in the U.S. by Gene Likens, just a half century ago.

Acid rain aftermath: damaged ecology, damaged politics

Since the bad old days of the 1970s and '80s, there has been a whole lot less acid falling on the Northeast. That’s mostly thanks to the 1990 Clean Air Act, which has made a big difference to lakes and streams.

Cary mourns loss of trustee and friend

A long-time friend of the Cary Institute as well as Honorary Trustee and past Chairman of the Board, Dr. Paul Risser passed away last Thursday, July 10.

Peter Groffman elected LTER Chair

At its most recent meeting, the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Science Council elected nicrobial ecologist Peter Groffman the new Chair.

Week highlights invasives among us

Invasive species typically are referred to as those moved from their native range by human activity and, having established themselves in the wilds of the new place, cause ecological or economic harm.

World of species right here on the Hudson

If you want to see plants and animals from around the world, you don’t have to go to the zoo or botanical garden — just visit the Hudson River. When you get out of your car, you see common reed (phragmites), false-indigo and purple loosestrife growing along the edges of the parking lot.

Introduced species wreak harm in new habitat

If you pay attention to plants, you already know non-native species are commonplace. Queen Anne's lace, chicory and garlic mustard — familiar sights along our roads — are just a handful of the species brought to the U.S. for medicinal or edible purposes.

Decades of Hudson River data show the flow of time

Most research projects on the Hudson River look at a snapshot of time: a spring, a summer, a year or two. But the Hudson, like other rivers, is constantly changing.

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Study finds one tick bite can deliver multiple infections

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A new study in New York reveals that ticks are more likely to be infected with several pathogens, not just the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. The ticks for the study were collected from Dutchess County.

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