Ticks are associated with numerous health problems, particularly among confined populations.

 Jacquie Glass assessed habitat preference and peak larvae activity of spinose ear ticks (SET; Otobius megnini) and hard ticks (Ixodidae) at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (FRWC) using compressed CO2 traps to collect larvae in four habitats types: shelters, woodlands, grassland, and hay. Larvae were collected bi-weekly from April 2012 to March 2013. 

 Analysis showed a significant difference in larval abundance among habitats.

Animal shelters had significantly more SET larval than woodlands, grasslands and hay. Peak SET larvae activity occurred in mid-May. Analysis showed a greater number of hard tick larvae in woodlands as compared to the other sites, with peak activity occurring late July. This research can be used by FRWC and other conservation facilities to inform management on decisions regarding tick control activities.

            "My experiences as a research and graduate student have taught me to persevere. Research does not always go as planned.  I am a perfectionist and when things are not going smoothly, I get stressed out. I have learned to confide in fellow students and faculty. In the early stages of my research, I had unrealistic expectations; but as time went on, I came to realize that I could not do everything. I needed to concentrate on one or two things and just do my best. I know my limitations and weakness and do not take criticisms from others personally. I learn from them and have become a better student and researcher."
Jacquie Glass's Thesis Poster: jacquieposter.pdf