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Wildlife Health 
Emerging infectious diseases, including those that travel from animals to humans.


   

Recent Publications

Geographic expansion of Lyme disease in Michigan, 2000–2014 Lantos, P.M., J. Tsao, L. E. Nigrovic, P. G. Auwaerter, V. G. Fowler, F. Ruffin, E. Foster, and G. J. Hickling.  2017.  Open Forum Infect Disease, 4 (1): ofw269.

Geographic gradients in Lyme disease risk in the eastern United States.  Hickling, G. J.  2016.  US-IALE Landscape Change Annual Meeting., Asheville, NC. April 2016.

Blacklegged tick behavior is a key determinant of Lyme disease risk in the eastern U.S.  Hickling, G. J., I. Arsnoe, J. Tsao, and E. Stromdahl.  2016.  Integrated Tick Management Symposium, Washington, DC. May 2016.

Wildlife and domestic animals both contribute to the ecology and epidemiology of Lyme disease in the upper Midwest.  Porter, M., G. J. Hickling, and J. Tsao.  2016.  76th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Grand Rapids MI. January 2016.

Geographic distribution of tick-borne pathogens and disease: Lyme disease as a model.  Tsao, J., G. J. Hickling, H. Ginesberg, and N. Ogden.  2016.  Integrated Tick Management Symposium. Washington, DC. May 2016..

Variation in blacklegged tick Ixodes scapularis questing behavior has implications for human Lyme disease risk in the eastern United States Arsnoe, I  2015.  Ph.D. Dissertation, Michigan State University.

Different populations of blacklegged tick nymphs exhibit differences in questing behavior that have implications for human Lyme disease risk Arsnoe, I, G. J. Hickling, H. Ginsberg, R. McElreath, and J. Tsao.  2015.  Plos ONE, 10: e0127450.

Geographical differences in nymphal Ixodes scapularis questing behavior are strongly associated with regional variation in Lyme disease risk in the eastern United States.  Arsnoe, I, J. Tsao, and G. J. Hickling.  2015.  14th International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and other Tick-Borne Diseases, Vienna, Austria. September 2015.

Raccoons and opossums across the eastern and central United States: demographic variation may affect efficacy as Lyme disease diluters.  Burke, R., B. Ross, L. Beati, H. Ginesberg, G. J. Hickling, N. Ogden, and J. Tsao.  2014.  Procedings of The Wildlife Society Annual Conference. Pittsburgh, PA. October 2014.

Blacklegged tick abundance and behavior as key determinants of Lyme disease risk in the eastern U.S.  Hickling, G. J., and J. I. Tsao.  2014.  Society for Vector Ecology Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX. September 2014..

Prevalence of five tick-borne bacterial genera in adult Ixodes scapularis removed from white-tailed deer in western Tennessee Mays, S. E., B. M. Hendricks, D. J. Paulsen, A. E. Houston, and R. T. Trout Fryxell.  2014.  Parasites and Vectors, 7:473.

Birds are helping to spread Michigan’s Lyme disease ticks - bird banders are on the front line to track their spread.  Tsao, J.I., and G. J. Hickling.  2014.  Michigan Lyme Disease Association Newsletter.