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Dr. Ostfeld's research focuses on the interactions among organisms that influence: the risk of human exposure to vector-borne diseases; and the dynamics of terrestrial communities (e.g., tree regeneration, rodent and songbird populations, gypsy moths).
Biodiversity can protect human health by reducing the probability of human exposure to disease agents transmitted from wildlife. Human-induced environmental changes, such as habitat fragmentation, can inadvertently increase disease risk by reducing both predators and biodiversity.
In deciduous and coniferous forests dominated by mast-producing trees, such as oaks, consumers are confronted with the sporadic production of abundant resources. Mast-consuming animals, such as the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) and eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus), rely on these pulsed resources.
Different species of tick hosts tend to have different probabilities of transmitting an infection to a feeding tick. In eastern and central North America, the host most likely to transmit an infection to a feeding tick is the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus), which infects between 40% and 90% of feeding larvae.
In areas where Lyme disease is endemic, it is desirable to control populations of native ticks, which transmit several pathogens to humans causing Lyme and other diseases.
Using Lyme disease and West Nile virus as models, disease ecologist Dr. Richard Ostfeld describes how diverse animal populations minimize our exposure to emerging infectious diseases.
American Museum of Natural History documentary on Lyme disease featuring research conducted at the Cary Institute by Dr. Richard Ostfeld and his team.
Understanding how infectious diseases respond to climate change would help public health officials and environmental managers predict and mitigate disease impacts.
Tick studies at Cary.
Dr. Ostfeld presents a compelling case on the importance of ecology in controlling Lyme disease.
With warmer temperatures comes more ticks and more of the illnesses they carry. CNN reports on Lyme and interviews Cary's Rick Ostfeld about his research on ticks and tick-borne illnesses.
Cary disease ecologist Rick Ostfeld provides new information on the various tick-borne diseases that affect the Hudson Valley in New York State.
In the northeastern US, warmer spring temperatures are leading to shifts in the emergence of the blacklegged ticks that carry Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens.
According to Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, if we want to get a leg up on tick-borne illness we need to become vigilant earlier in the season.
Explore the ecology of Lyme disease with Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute. For more than twenty years, Ostfeld and his research team have been investigating how environmental conditions influence the spread of tick-borne illness.
Panelists for a NYS Senate Taskforce on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases forum included Cary's Rick Ostfeld who has been researching the ecology of tick-borne disease for more than 20 years.
Richard Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute and Dr. Richard Horowitz, author and noted Lyme disease expert answer questions and discuss information you need to know about Lyme disease.
Oxford University Press, 2011
Princeton University Press, 2008
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