Environmental Science

W & M Digest - Jan. 6

W & M Digest - Jan. 6

Researchers look at ticks, tick-borne disease, land management

Local research is finding that lots of ticks are actually a lot closer than we realize, and hope to use the information to manage land, resources and neighborhoods better.

"Deer love that, because they can hide in the forest and sneak out and eat your roses and whatever you grow in your backyard," said Matthias Leu, an ecologist with the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg.

Ticks hitch a ride on deer and into your back yard and life. Researchers are looking at what they call the "Socionatural Tick-borne Disease Nexus," and are conducting their research with the...