You can participate in vector-borne disease research projects in the Northeast! Learn more about citizen science research opportunities supported by both NEVBD and our regional partners on this page.
Tick Research Opportunities
New York State Tick Blitz
NEVBD collaborators at Cornell University are looking for volunteers to participate in this summer 2021 tick surveillance project. Residents of the Hudson Valley region of New York State are invited to join us in this effort to understand the northward expansion of ticks in the state. The Tick Blitz is scheduled for June 13 - 19, 2021. All interested individuals are encouraged to attend our training webinars this April!
The TickApp Project
NEVBD collaborators at Columbia University and the Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases have developed a smartphone app to help track where humans and ticks come into contact. Our research team is seeking participation by individuals living in a high-risk area for Lyme disease. Sharing your experience and perspective with us will help us learn about the risk factors for tick borne disease and design better methods that prevent tick bites and tick-borne disease.
Maine Forest Tick Survey
In order to understand the growing risks of tick-borne diseases in Maine, The University of Maine has developed the state’s first active tick surveillance program. This is a multiyear, multidisciplinary project, established to determine how forest land management practices impact tick populations and disease risk. Information will be gathered with the help of citizen science landowners. Volunteers will collect ticks on their wooded properties and we will identify and test them for pathogens. The gathered information will help us to understand how to better protect Maine’s landowners, forest workers, and recreationists against ticks and tick-borne diseases.
Asian Tiger Mosquito Invasive Boundary Project
The Asian tiger mosquito is originally from Asia. It was introduced to the United States decades ago and moves farther north every year. Our goal is to figure out how far north the Asian tiger mosquito has moved. We are seeking concerned citizen scientists like you to help us find the Asian tiger mosquito.
The 2020 mosquito season has ended for the Northeast region where we are conducting this project. Even though this project has ended, you can still learn how to make a trap for the Asian tiger mosquito and see if it is in your backyard!
Citizen Action Through Science (Citizen AcTS)
Dr. Dina Fonseca at the Rutgers University Center for Vector Biology spearheads the Citizen Action Through Science flagship project “University Park Community Mosquito Control”, where residents of University Park, Maryland have organized to remove mosquito habitat from their yards and deploy traps that kill egg laying female mosquitoes. Their “action” is urban mosquito control, which will remove nuisance and decrease risk of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. Learn more about the success of this project, and contact the Citizen AcTS program to see if you can bring citizen science to your community!
Citizen Science Opportunities
Do you have a citizen science project at your organization? We are eager to share opportunities where communities can get involved in vector-borne disease research. If you have an opportunitiy to share, please contact us today!