|Ben Carlucci and thesis advisor, Dr. Marianna Wood|
Benjamin Carlucci successfully defended his master’s thesis on Monday, February 29, 2016. Ben’s thesis, under the direction of Dr. Marianna Wood, was entitled “Surveillance of black-legged tick density and infection prevalence by the Lyme disease agent Borrelia burgdorferi at Christmas tree farms in Columbia County, Pennsylvania.” An interesting discussion followed on topics ranging from the prevalence of infected ticks to strategies that could be employed to limit the spread of Lyme disease. Also serving on Ben’s thesis committee were Drs. Kristen Brubaker and Carl Hansen. Ben’s work was supported by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists. Ben is a laboratory instructor in the Department of Natural Sciences and Engineering Technology at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Congratulations Ben!