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The Ecology of Lyme Disease

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.

Learn why white-footed mice make bad neighbors, why you should break for opossums, and how predators, biodiversity, and development all play a role in setting the stage for Lyme disease risk. Ostfeld will also discuss emerging tick-borne pathogens in the Hudson Valley and how climate change is impacting the spread of tick-borne illness.


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