The latest post from NYS GIS Association member Sam Wear, “GeoSpatial Student Spotlight: Collin O’Connor”, posted on 9 March, is available on his website eSpatially New York.

“Collin O’Connor’s doctoral research focuses on the spatial ecology and epidemiology of tick borne diseases in New York State. In particular, his dissertation work examines two genetic variants of Anaplasma phagocytophilum, the pathogen that causes anaplasmosis. Anaplasmosis is the second most frequent tick borne disease in New York State behind Lyme disease. An August 2021 article in Medscape reported Anaplasma cases nearly quadrupled statewide from 2010 to 2018. On a larger scale, Anaplasmosis became a nationally notifiable disease in the United States during 1999 after nationwide case counts increased significantly. Most of these infections occur in the upper midwestern and northeastern states, with eastern New York and the Hudson River Valley areas being of particular focus and concentration..”

You can also follow Sam on Twitter: @eSpatiallyNY

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