The Relationship Between Viral Ticks and Chiggers in Tall Grass Prairies

Principal Investigators: Ms. Chantelle Wimms, Dr. Saminqueka Halsey

Institution and/or Affiliation: University of Missouri

 

Project Description This study meets the long-term goals of PFCA to understand fauna found in restored prairies and the impact of management practices. This study proposes collecting field data on reservoir animals, tick vectors, and chiggers. Collecting this data allows us to monitor the increasing prevalence of tick-borne diseases as well as predict any possible emerging diseases in chigger populations (Wimms, 2023). Additionally, this project will help train undergraduate students in disease ecology research at PFCA, further promoting innovative research and hands-on learning.