Heather Kopsco

Heather Kopsco

Warwick, RI

University of Rhode Island

Ph.D. candidate in ecology (anticipated graduation May 2020)


Published on Jun 06, 2019

YOU did it!!!

We have officially reached our goal of $8,000, and are so grateful to all of you for your generosity, interest in our project, and shared vision for this research. Since we still have a week left ...

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Published on Jun 04, 2019

Citizen science helps track the invasive Asian longhorned tick.

Maybe you’ve heard the saying “life can present you with obstacles…or opportunities; it’s all about your attitude.”  For most people, ticks are just an obstacle to good health, a cause for anxiety,...

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Published on May 02, 2019

How does one get a tick...on purpose?

To commemorate reaching 25% of our goal (woohoo, thank you!), let's take a minute to talk tick collecting! Something we're sure you're just itching (heh) to learn about.Finding a tick is something ...

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Published on Apr 17, 2019

Can you identify these ticks?

Can you identify these ticks?To kick off our crowdfunding campaign, we want to give you a peek into what we do. To put it simply, we identify ticks by photograph. Even though we're trained in tick ...

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Published on Apr 02, 2015

More results!

Greetings! Since my last update I have been working in the lab to clear up some inconclusive results on three bird blood samples (see last update here). It took a lot longer than I would have liked...

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Published on Jul 30, 2014

*drum roll* Preliminary Results!

Borrelia burgdorferiBorreliaBorrelia burgdorferiBorrelia burgdorferiBorrelia gariniiBorrelia afzelii. Borrelia burgdorferiBorreliaBorreliaBorreliaBorrelia*RESULTS*BorreliacompletelyBE TICK AWARE!

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Published on May 21, 2014

Hello, again!

Montclair has never worked with a crowd-funded project beforeWith your donation, you've officially made history at Montclair State University.Poecille atricapillusPicoides villosusCyanocitta crista...

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Looking forward to your results! Good luck!
Jun 26, 2019
What risks do ticks confer to the humans and animals of Guam?
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Thank you so much, Olga!!
Jun 18, 2019
Can tick photos prevent Lyme disease?
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And thank YOU for your help and support! We look forward to sharing results on whether our photo-based surveillance system is helping people check for ticks and avoid infection.
May 11, 2019
Can tick photos prevent Lyme disease?
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Thank you, Lillian!
May 02, 2019
Can tick photos prevent Lyme disease?
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Thanks so much, Mike!
Oct 15, 2015
Do birds carry Lyme disease?
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Yes, thank you! Glad to report it :).
May 21, 2014
Do birds carry Lyme disease?
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Thanks! When actually taking the blood sample we wear gloves to avoid the possibility of transmission. In this photo (and the kestrel chick one) we're examining/preparing the area which I found easier to do without gloves.
Sep 12, 2013
Do birds carry Lyme disease?
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