Conclusion: Ticks Are Too Interesting for Just One Summer

It is time to say my final hello! Here is my conclusion post for my 2019 summer research. It has been an exciting time full of hiking, biking, reading, number-crunching, and, most importantly, ticks. I’ve talked a lot about my results in the last two posts, but as any good conclusion to a scientific study does, I wanted to dive into why I think I got the results I did and suggest future directions for my study. I also wanted to take some time on reflect what I’ve learned over the summer by taking on this project.

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Post #3: Spatial Variation of Ticks

Hi again! After a short turnaround, I am ready to present my findings about the spatial variation that we’ve noticed in Ixodes scapularis from 2010 to 2019.  As an added bonus, I’ll talk about the patterns we’ve noticed in tick’s responses to climatic variables, although I plan on delving into that as an expansion on this summer’s project.

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Post #2: Temporal Variation of Ticks

Hello everyone! I apologize for my long hiatus—I’ve been manipulating my data and compiling it into lots and lots of graphs. I’m glad I’m finally getting the opportunity to show some of them to you! I realize that what I talk about in this post wasn’t something that I clearly said that I wanted to study in my last one, but I thought time variables could definitely be a big influence in tick abundance.

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Update #1: Refining My Project

So far, I have been at the College for about three and a half weeks, and I am loving every second of it! Most of my time has been spent out in the field collecting ticks, which has been quite thrilling. However, having to dedicate most of my time to field work means that I cannot plausibly look at all of the questions I originally posed in my proposal and abstract. Thus, I think it is time to refine what I am looking to do with my current project. Given the data that we already have, I think it would be wisest to direct my focus towards what was originally my second question: Can we find factors that influence the abundance of blacklegged ticks that we collect?

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