March 2016. Hearty congratulations to lab alum Dylan Dahan who will be starting his Ph.D. work in Jill Banfield's lab at UC Berkeley in the fall. Dylan is finishing up a Master's degree at Oxford this year before his move back to California. Even more good news -- he just received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his studies. Congratulations, Dylan!
March 2016. Great coverage of our work on mice, ticks, and Lyme disease on National Public Radio (NPR) today. Read (or hear) the story here. The second installment of the story, which focuses on the many tick-borne diseases in the U.S., can be found here.
January 2016. The radio show Pulse of the Planet has done a nice series of spots on our work, with features on our new Tick Project and on the ever-exciting opossum.
December 2016. Had the pleasure of giving a seminar at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Great to get feedback about our project investigating the consequences of integrating livestock and wildlife in Laikipia County, Kenya.
In other news, Rick Ostfeld and I just had a manuscript accepted at EcoSphere evaluating the evidence for a relationship between biodiversity and the emergence of new zoonotic pathogens. I'll post the manuscript on my Publications page once we have proofs.
August 2016. Our new website on science literacy for college students is now live at http://scienceliteracy.bard.edu/.
April 29, 2016. Tick Project directors Rick Ostfeld and Felicia Keesing were interviewed on WAMC radio to describe the study and its goals. You can listen here.
April 2016. The Tick Project has launched. We are in the process of choosing the neighborhoods in Dutchess County, NY in which we will begin recruiting participants. Check out the project website to learn more about what we are up to.
April 2016. Lab alum Luke Henry has just received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Luke is finishing up his Master's degree at Indiana University this spring and will be starting his Ph.D. at Princeton in the fall. Congratulations, Luke!
April 2016. I've just returned from a wonderful week as a Global Scholar at Harvard University's Center for the Environment, where I was the guest of Sam Myers, Chris Golden, and Amalia Almada of the Planetary Health Alliance. I had the honor of giving their inaugural lecture, and the great pleasure of meeting students and colleagues, sitting in on a class, and spending heaps of time brainstorming about both science and education.
March 2016. Snopes.com just did an analysis of our work on opossums, inspired by a widely-circulated internet meme. So what's the verdict? DO opossums kill heaps of ticks? They do. The original scientific paper is here.
March 2016. Taking full advantage of my sabbatical, I have just returned from two seminar trips, the first to the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the second to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Quite inspiring to meet so many talented graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty who are dedicated to both research and teaching. Thanks to my hosts, Jordan Ruybahl (UCSC) and Brian Allan (UIUC), who made me feel so welcome.
NSF. This is a nice little animation made by NSF about our work on forest fragmentation and Lyme disease.
October 2015. Check out this new video about studying science at Bard!
September 2014. An Academic Minute radio spot on our research into the consequences of the loss of large mammals in Kenya.
June 2014. Discovery News was one of a number of news outlets that covered our study of coinfections in blacklegged ticks. The bottom line: ticks are far more likely to be coinfected with the pathogens that cause Lyme disease and babesiosis than you'd expect by chance. That's because they pick up both pathogens at the same time when they feed on small-mammal hosts. Kudos to lead author Michelle Hersh, assistant professor at Sarah Lawrence College. You can read the actual study here.
November 2013. Scientific American ran a short story on the importance of mice in the Lyme disease epidemic.
April 2012. A career highlight: chatting with Ira Flatow of NPR's Science Friday during a show about urban biodiversity. The transcript is here. The best part? Probably the fact that the show was taped under the blue whale in the Oceans Hall at the American Museum of Natural History. That, or just how wildly over-dressed I was for being on the radio.
December 2010. Some nice coverage of our Nature paper on biodiversity and disease.
August 2009. The New York Times publishes a Room for Debate on ticks and Lyme disease.
Rick Ostfeld and Felicia Keesing have been studying Lyme disease and ways to stop it for more than 20 years. The couple has come up with a way to predict how bad a Lyme season will be a full year in advance. Stephen Reiss/for NPR