Rick Ostfeld, Pioneering Disease Ecologist, to Give 2018 Oosting Lecture on April 12

April 2, 2018


DURHAM, N.C. – Rick Ostfeld, senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, will give the 46th annual Henry J. Oosting Memorial Lecture in Ecology at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Duke University.

His talk, “The Ecology of Emerging Tick-Borne Diseases in a Changing World,” will take place at the Searle Center on Duke’s West Campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

Ostfeld is widely cited for his groundbreaking research on the interactions among organisms that influence the risk of human exposure to vector-borne diseases such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus.

In 2016, he launched The Tick Project, a five-year study to look at whether neighborhood-based prevention can reduce human cases of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The project is funded with a $5 million grant from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation.

Ostfeld also studies the dynamics of terrestrial communities, including tree regeneration, rodent and songbird populations, and gypsy moths.

A public reception will precede Ostfeld’s talk at 3:30 p.m..

The Oosting Lecture is co-sponsored annually by Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment, the Department of Biology and the University Program in Ecology. It honors ecologist and longtime Duke botany professor Henry J. Oosting.