2019 Hudson Data Jam Competition

Making data "sing" through creative expression

Now in its sixth year, the Hudson Data Jam Competition challenges students to creatively tell the science stories of the Hudson River watershed.

***Level 1: Lyme Disease Connections

***Level 1: Lyme Disease Connections


A black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) under the microscope.

Photo credit: Ostfeld lab.

Adult female black-legged tick on a hand. Photo credit: Kelly Oggenfuss.

Since the early 1980s, Lyme disease has been a growing scourge for residents of the Northeastern United States. The Center for Disease Control now estimates that as many as 300,000 Americans are diagnosed annually with Lyme disease, which causes fever, exhaustion, joint pain/stiffness, headaches, forgetfulness, facial paralysis and more (CDC 2015).The black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) is the primary vector of the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, which is called Borrelia burgdorferi

Cary Institute grounds are home to the world’s longest running study on the ecology of Lyme disease. Long-term research by Cary Ecologist Dr. Rick Ostfeld and his collaborators has revealed the complex interactions among infected ticks, environmental conditions, and disease risk. This dataset will allow you to explore connections between tick populations, their mouse hosts, and the acorns that feed the mice. 

Click here for tick, mouse, and acorn population data (Excel)

Click here for background information and more resources


Data Source: Kelly Oggenfuss (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies)

Researcher checking a drag cloth for ticks after tick dragging.

Photo credit: Kelly Oggenfuss.

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