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February 27, 2019
7:00-8:30 PM

Kirkwood Station Brewing Co., Kirkwood, MO

Tenacious Ticks and the Spread of Disease:
Despite the Polar Vortex, They Keep On Ticking!

Solny Adalsteinsson, Ph.D.

Solny Adalsteinsson, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist, Tyson Research Center
WU Lecturer, Environmental Studies Program

Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.

Human health is closely tied to environmental health, and disease vectors—such as ticks—offer a view of how a changing environment affects disease risk. Known to have existed since dinosaur times, ticks and the pathogens they transmit have fascinatingly complex life cycles that make them vulnerable to certain conditions but resistant to others. Our best defense against tick-borne diseases is knowledge— both in how to protect ourselves and to manage our environment. The Adalsteinsson Lab at Washington University's Tyson Research Center is exploring how habitat management strategies, such as prescribed fire, impact the ecology of tick-borne diseases. This talk will present an overview of local tick species, tick-borne diseases, prevention strategies, and current research into environmental interventions to reduce disease risk.

Science On Tap highlighted on St. Louis Public Radio and Voice of America!

Science On Tap sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis is always a free event, where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside of a traditional academic context, at the Kirkwood Station Restaurant & Brewing Co.

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: about 45 minutes of presentation, followed by discussion until 8:30 PM.

Kirkwood Station Restaurant & Brewing Co.
105 E. Jefferson Ave.
Kirkwood, MO 63122

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