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Discussions on the Invasive Longhorned Tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis
Commentary and group discussion on the invasive longhorned tick from experts in New Zealand, and New York and New Jersey, USA

Nov 19, 2018 3:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Allen Heath, PhD
Parasitologist (semi-retired) @AgResearch at Hopkirk Research Institute in Palmerston North, New Zealand
Dr. Allen Heath is a graduate of both Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and the University of Queensland, Australia. He has worked for over 50 years in the field of ectoparasitology. His research interests have been spread across biting louse, mite and blowfly strike infestations in sheep, as well as tick and mite parasites of  wildlife. His papers cover the taxonomy and ecology of various ectoparasites as well as their economic effects and control strategies for them. He has always had a strong interest in conveying research findings to farmers and the general public. Now semi-retired, Dr. Heath is involved in collaborative tick research with overseas' colleagues, involving climate modeling and taxonomy, and he co-supervises two PhD candidates.
Andrea Egizi, PhD
Research Scientist @Tick-Borne Disease Laboratory, Monmouth County, NJ
Dr. Egizi oversees Monmouth County’s Tick-Borne Disease Laboratory, which focuses on pathogen detection in ticks to support Monmouth County’s tick surveillance program. The laboratory is located at the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology and collaborates with Rutgers faculty and students on a variety of research projects. Dr. Egizi is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Entomology at Rutgers. More info and publications here:
Richard Falco, PhD
Regional Medical Entomologist @New York State Department of Health, Louis Calder Center, Fordham University
Dr. Falco has been studying the ecology of ticks and mosquitoes in New York State for 35 years. He began working for the Westchester County Health Department after earning his PhD, and then later moved to Fordham where he started a long-term collaboration with Dr. Tom Daniels. During this time period, he studied the peri-domestic nature of Lyme disease, conducted extensive studies on tick bite epidemiology, and helped describe the ecology and seasonal activity patterns of the blacklegged tick in NY. He began work as a  NYSDOH Regional Medical Entomologist in 2006, based at Fordham University’s Louis Calder Center. Dr. Falco’s recent work includes a statewide tick surveillance project and several studies related to the distribution of the invasive mosquito species Ae. japonicus and Ae. albopictus.