Samniqueka Halsey, MS
My master’s thesis focused on the management and restoration of the federally threatened Pitcher’s Thistle (Cirsium pitcheri). I determined how the viability of the current Indiana meta-population has responded to the addition of two new populations. I conducted population viability analyses on several C. pitcheri populations spanning Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. I determined growth trajectories, estimated the impacts of weather and the effect of seed sources on the establishment of the only reintroduced population in Illinois.
My current research while pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Illinois U/C involves modeling the Lyme Disease Community combining invasion ecology and community ecology in understanding the major processes/mechanisms by which Ixodes scapularis invades previously uninhabited environments as well as the establishment of the pathogen Borrelia burgdorferi.