|Title||An individual-based model for the dispersal of Ixodes scapularis by ovenbirds and wood thrushes during fall migration|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Tonelli BA, Dearborn DC|
|Journal||Ticks Tick Borne Dis|
|Keywords||Agent-based model, Avian, climate change, Ixodes scapularis, Ovenbird, Wood thrush|
The pattern of I. scapularis dispersal predicted by this model suggests that migrating songbirds may have contributed to the range expansion of the tick historically, and may continue to do so presently and into the future, particularly as climate changes the geographic areas that are suitable for I. scapularis. Ultimately, widespread tick dispersal by migrating songbirds likely increases the human risk of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in the United States.