Meet the Tick Hunters

What it’s like to be a creepy-crawler field researcher

Mark Jannot
Elemental
Published in
7 min readJun 24, 2019

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Tick researchers Rick Ostfeld and Felicia Keesing at The Cary Institute. Photography by Kirsten Luce

This story is part of “Tickpocalypse,” a multi-part special report.

RRick Ostfeld is a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. Felicia Keesing is the head of the biology department at Bard College. The two are co-directors of the Tick Project, a five-year study in…

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Mark Jannot
Elemental

Story editor at The New York Times Magazine. Former EIC at Popular Science and content honcho at Audubon. Poker degenerate.