Prairie Restoration Effects on Prevalence of Disease Vectors

Principal Investigator: Dr. Samniqueka Halsey

Institution and/or Affiliation: University of Missouri

Project Description:

Our overall research objective at PFCA is to understand how time since restoration and fire regimes influence the presence of small mammals and ticks that are of public health significance. In particular, for several tick species in Missouri, species-specific host-tick information is lacking (e.g., Ixodes scapularis; Halsey et al. 2018). Therefore, we propose to measure how small mammal composition and tick disease vectors change across different landscapes in Central Missouri (e.g., Tucker Prairie, PFCA, Tyson) and determine how these patterns correlate to time since fire and restoration age (time since prairie was first restored).