WCSU Biology ’18
Brittany has been a tick lab research assistant since May 2017, and this year is helping lead the our summer Tick Crew. In addition to spending hot summer days collecting ticks from residential backyards as part of our CDC tick management study, Brittany works on a variety of laboratory activities. This past spring, she and fellow student research assistant, Sandra Zapata, works on an independent project, assessing dryer-induced mortality on field collected blacklegged ticks. They presented their work at the 2018 eastern branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America and at Western Research Day at WCSU. Their work won both the Provost’s Award at WRD, but also a Student Research Award from the WCSU chapter of the Sigma Xi Research Honor Society. Brittany recently graduated with her BA in Biology and is a valued member of our team. She hoping to pursue an advanced degree focusing on medical entomology beginning next year.