Anyone who spends time outdoors in warm weather needs to be aware of diseases that can be transmitted by ticks. According to the CDC, tick-borne illnesses doubled in the U.S. between 2014 and 2016. Because ticks are so small, people might not even notice when they’ve been bitten by one. Sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society and the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, Dr. Richard Gerhold will discuss the eco-epidemiology of tick-borne diseases in a Zoom presentation on Thursday, June 24th at 7:00 p.m.

Registration for this free online event is required to receive your Zoom link. Contact Michelle Campanis regarding any questions or registration issues:  This is a virtual Zoom presentation and registration for this free online event is required. To register go to:  and click on the event. The program will be recorded.

Dr. Gerhold is an assistant professor of parasitology in the Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gerhold holds a B.S. in wildlife science and a DVM from Purdue University, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in veterinary pathology from the University of Georgia. He completed a two-year National Science Foundation-funded post-doctoral fellowship at UT’s Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Department, researching Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.

In accordance with the University of Tennessee guidelines for COVID-19 precautions, programs are currently being presented online.  Though the UT Arboretum Society’s educational programs are not on-site activities, the UT Arboretum Society is pleased to bring the public some great online options.

The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, is one of ten outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. AgResearch is a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT Herbert College of Agriculture, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension offices, with locations in every county in the state.

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