Tourism, Environment & Sustainable Development Cluster
This interdisciplinary project connects faculty and students from two clusters: Exploration and Discovery and Tourism, Environment, and Sustainable Development, and residents and visitors to Plymouth's conservations lands. The aim of this proposal is to assess the prevalence of diseases carried by our local tick populations. This project will encourage students to learn about the local tick populations, diseases, and prevalence of tick borne diseases in our community. Our activities will promote inquire based learning and contribute to the betterment of society. The overall scope of this project is threefold: 1) to assess the prevalence of diseases carried by our local tick populations, 2) to assess knowledge and perceptions of tick-borne diseases by residents and healthcare practitioners in Plymouth and the surrounding area, and 3) to connect visitors of public lands to this information and to best practices for risk mitigation. Thus, this project links the natural and social sciences and applies them to a pressing real-world problem that impacts New Hampshire's residents, visitors, and the economy. This project will encourage students to learn about and gain experience collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data about the local tick populations, tick-borne diseases, and knowledge and perception of both by people in our community.
Morse, Kaitlyn and Tilghman, Laura, "Epidemiology of Tick-Borne Diseases [Project Proposal]" (2017). Clusters. 340.