Welcome to the tick lab!

Dr. Gaff runs the main field ecology lab for the ODU Tick Research Team. Over a decade of field surveillance has given us the opportunity to observe patterns of tick activity that are unique to our region. We collect ticks by flagging 12 field sites on a regular basis throughout the year. During the active tick season we collect from additional sites based on our current research projects and goals. In addition, students in the lab work to design field experiments to investigate the ecological factors that contribute to behavior and survival in different species of ticks. Our indoor work combines these field studies with molecular techniques and mathematical modeling to understand more about ticks and tick-borne diseases in southeastern Virginia and beyond.

Visit our lab Facebook page page to see more about our daily research adventures!

Check out our informational brochure on ticks and tick-borne diseases in Hampton Roads. Learn how to protect yourself from ticks, proper tick removal techniques, common pathogens and the ticks they are associated with, and more!

ODU Tick Research Team in the News

Bitten by a tick? Save it for later

WAVY Special Report: Tracking Ticks

ScienceNews: Ticks are here to stay. But scientists are finding ways to outsmart them.

2017: Prepare for a severe tick season.

Tick killing robot

Gulf coast tick establishment in southeastern Virginia

Ticks in Hampton Roads

Dr. Gaff initiates biology/theatre collaboration

Mathematical biology collaboration with researchers at UKZN, South Africa

4 responses to “Welcome to the tick lab!

  1. Kathleen Butler

    I have a question about the tick that causes Babeosis (sp) in humans. I received a call from the Board of Health concerning my late husband’s test which indicated with a positive IGG that he had had contact with such a tick. I did some reading on the internet but I believe that you and your colleagues could provide greater information. The Accomack County epidemiologist recommended I contact your lab.

    • Hi Kathleen, I will send you an email with contact information for one of our faculty members.

      -Sara Simmons
      PhD student, ODU Tick Lab

  2. I am attempting to reach Holly Graff PhD concerning her study on lone star ticks.
    If she could contact me, it would be greatly appreciatiated.

    I assist in running a FB Support Blog for a condition known as Alpha gal I Allergy/ Syndrome.

    My phone is 412-713-1512. Her insights on LST may prevent people from being bitten in the future.

    Thank you,

    Tim Opiela

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