Ick! Let's talk about ticks.
If you have signed up for our wildlife rehabilitation symposium, make sure you check out Dr. Michael Yabsley's lecture on the Asian Longhorned tick. Michael J. Yabsley is currently an Associate Professor of Wildlife Disease Ecology at the University of Georgia. He has an MS in zoology (Parasitology) from Clemson University and a PhD in Infectious Diseases from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the UGA. Dr. Yabsley teaches several courses in veterinary parasitology and principals of wildlife diseases at the undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary student level and mentors undergraduate, MS, and PhD students interested in various aspects of wildlife disease ecology. He has an active research program that principally investigates wildlife diseases with an emphasis on the role of animals as reservoirs or hosts for zoonotic and/or vector-borne pathogens. For many years he has collaborated with wildlife rehabilitators to conduct pathogen surveillance. He is an active member of the American Society of Parasitologists, Southeastern Society of Parasitologists, and the Wildlife Disease Association. He is the author or coauthor of 245 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Yabsley will be talking about ticks and tick-borne diseases in the southeastern US with information on our new invasive - the Asian Longhorned tick.