Museum researcher warns of increased growth in Quebec tick populations

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Published: 21Jun2020

According to Virginie Millien, an assistant professor at McGill and curator of zoology and paleontology at McGill's Redpath Museum, warmer temperatures preferentially benefit one of the Lyme diesease tick's most important hosts, the white-footed mouse, which has expanded its range northwards, and outcompeted other mice. The result is that Lyme disease has become a far more pressing health issue in southeastern Canada than ever before.

Researchers are concerned that tick populations are being established in areas where they've never been a problem before. This is the fourth in a series of Quirks & Quarks series on how science and technology are working in regions and communities across Canada facing unique challenges of climate change. Listen to the broadcast here or read more about Virginie's work here.

Land Acknowledgement

McGill University is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. McGill honours, recognizes and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

The Redpath Museum's director EDI statement.

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