Ft. Richard S. Ostfeld
Senior Scientist – Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Author - 'Lyme Disease: The Ecology of a Complex System'
Director – The Tick Project
Join scientist Richard S. Ostfeld as he details The Tick Project, a five year research program aimed at introducing Lyme Disease prevention methods to neighborhoods in New York State. Ostfeld will discuss his years of research on tick-borne diseases and how methods he has used can apply to our own backyards.
Attendees are encouraged to contribute appetizers or beverages to share! Desserts provided by Happiness Is...Catering and organic wine tasting provided by The Study Fine Wines & Spirits during cocktails and Q&A session.
To RSVP and to sign up to bring an appetizer or bottle of wine, contact Kim Gregory @ (203) 918‑5254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cocktail Hour 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Presentation 7:00-7:30 p.m.
This FREE event is presented by:
Greenwich Garden Club, Green Fingers Garden Club and Hortulus Conservation Committees along with:
Audubon Greenwich & Audubon Greenwich Teen Board
Richard S. Ostfeld is Distinguished Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, a not-for-profit research institution in Millbrook, New York, dedicated to providing the science behind environmental solutions. He is also Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University and the University of Connecticut. His training was at the University of California-Berkeley (PhD) and University of California-Santa Cruz (BA). He has published >230 peer-reviewed articles, written one book (Lyme Disease: The Ecology of a Complex System, 2011, Oxford University Press), and co-edited 5 books as well as an annual series, The Year in Ecology and Conservation Biology, published by the New York Academy of Sciences. He serves on the editorial boards of Ecology Letters, Lancet Planetary Health, and Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases, on the Steering Committee of the Planetary Health Alliance, and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Global Lyme Alliance, among others.
He has given several USA Congressional Briefings on environmental change and emerging infectious diseases. Ostfeld’s recent awards and honors include: Global Scholar at Harvard’s Planetary Health Alliance (2017), EnviroDay Keynote Speaker at the University of Virginia (2017), Elected Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (2014); Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2013); Keynote Speaker, Climate Change and Health Symposium, Brown University (2012); C. Hart Merriam Award from the American Society of Mammalogists (2011); Dutchess County (NY) Public Health Partnership Award for research on tick-borne diseases and tick control (2008); Keynote Speaker for Harvard University’s Special Forum on Biodiversity, Ecology, and Global Change (2008). His research focuses on ecological determinants of human risk of exposure to infectious diseases, emphasizing Lyme disease and other vector-borne infections. His lab group has discovered novel mechanisms by which biodiversity protects human health by reducing rates of pathogen transmission.