Legacies of disturbance: Historical and short-term impacts of fire on tick-borne disease transmission in Acadia National Park

Allison is an entomologist studying the ecology of vector-borne infectious diseases (i.e., those transmitted via the bite of an infected arthropod). In Acadia, she is focusing on tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease. Acadia is a hotspot for Lyme in Maine and Lyme disease is one of the top concerns of visitors and local communities. Allison’s research will help the National Park Service understand the current distribution of the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis), the most important Lyme disease vector, in Acadia and refine its management practices related to fire and tick-borne diseases. She is already working with park managers, National Park Service veterinarians, and public health and nature-based tourism researchers to ensure that her work directly informs management of natural resources and public health.

 

ANP Science Symposium 2018

Watch Allison Gardner’s presentation HERE.