Annual Tick Workshop

This intensive, two-week workshop was developed for students, state public health officials, and scientists involved in vector research. The workshop provides information on tick behavior, systematics, ecology, physiology, and associated pathogens, as well as methods for surveillance.

The Annual Tick Workshop is a collaboration between the U. S. National Tick Collection at the James H. Oliver, Jr., Institute for Coastal Plain Science (Georgia Southern University) and the CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases (SECVBD) held annually at Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, GA). If we are to respond appropriately to vector borne disease threats in the United States, it is critical that existing skills and knowledge are conveyed to the next generation of public health entomologists. In the same vein, advanced research findings must find its way back in the form of comprehensible, operationally sound “best practices”. Professional training for individuals who have career trajectories aligned with public health entomology must have varying levels to permit the growth of the trainee intellectually and as a result the expansion of the discipline as a whole. SECVBD also helps offset costs associated with the Tick Workshop.

Workshop Participants learn about variety of topics :

  • Tick systematics, identification, classification, population genetics, phylogeography (morphological and molecular taxonomy)
  • Visit of the U.S. National Tick Collection
  • Tick ecology, behavior
  • Field collecting experience
  • Tick anatomy, physiology
  • Tick surveillance methods
  • Spatial modeling of distribution
  • Tick control
  • Tick-Borne diseases: bacterial (Lyme, rickettioses, anaplasmoses, ehrlichioses), viral, and protozoic, including, clinical aspects, diagnosis, microbiology, ecoepidemiology

Fellowship Awardees


Molly Baker (MO)
Nicole Breuner (CO)
Jannelle Couret (RI)
Scott Darrough (MO)
Savannah Duke (AL)
Gillian Eastwood (VA)
Juan Garcia Jr (TX)
Erica Hernandez (IL)
Aine Lehane (CO)
Sarah Maes (CO)
Alynn Martin

Tiffany Thuy-Vi Nguyen (GA)

Angela ONeil (TX)
Christina Parise (CO)
Rachel Pigg (SC)
Annie Rich (GA)
Dominic Rose (CO)
Valentina Tagliapietra (Italy)
Yuexun Tian (FL)
Chaoyang Zhao


Alexis M Barbarin (NC)
Chanakya Bhosale (FL)
Lesly Carolina Calix
Cory Casal (MD)
Carrie De Jesus (FL)
Emily Dinh (FL)
Claudia Ganser (FL)
Andrew Haddow (MD)
Zachary Kaplan (FL)
William Kessler (FL)
Kimberly Ledger (FL)
Catherine Loudon (CA)
Shabab Nasir (Pakistan)
Didot Prasetyo (Laos)
Elizabeth Snapp (MD)
Khamsing Vongphayltoh (Laos)


“This workshop packed so much valuable information in! It gave me the confidence as a new researcher in this field to develop a research program in tick-borne disease.”

2019 Workshop Participant

“I think this course is incredibly invaluable and I feel very fortunate to have been chosen to participate in it. I also really enjoyed having the chance to network with and discuss ideas and opportunities with experts in this field. As an incoming Master’s student, I feel very prepared to start fieldwork and my entomology coursework in the fall after taking this course.”

2019 Workshop Participant

“A wealth of  knowledge that I plan to incorporate at my public health facility.”

2019 Workshop Participant

“I personally found [the networking] very valuable!”

2019 Workshop Participant
The Southeastern Regional Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of Florida.
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