Andy MacDonald Sedgwick Lecture

Attendees will join Andy MacDonald, a disease ecologist at UCSB, for an exciting deep-dive into the world of one of our most prolific local disease vectors and the focus of his research: ticks.

Registration is open for the May 11 Walking Ecology lecture at Sedgwick Reserve led by Andy MacDonald, a disease ecologist at the University of California Santa Barbara.

The hour-long lecture entitled "Vector-borne disease in a changing world: Identifying ecological levers for health" will be followed by an hour-long excursion into the field to see his science in action.

MacDonald has spent years performing tick surveys at Sedgwick as part of his ongoing research into tick-borne disease in the climate change era. 

Attendees are asked to wear appropriate hiking attire: closed-toed shoes, long pants and long sleeves, are recommended due to ticks. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended. Bring a reusable water bottle.

Gates and event check-in open at 12:30 p.m. outside the Tipton Meeting House, which is the main building at the Sedgwick field station. The lecture will begin promptly at 1 p.m. 

All attendees will be asked to sign a University of California Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement. 

Dogs are not allowed at the Reserve and the parking area is not shaded.

This is a by-donation event with a suggested donation of $20 a person or $10 for a student to help cover costs. Donation jars will be on the check-in table, or can be made online at Pre-registration is required.

Cancellations should be directed to Avery Hardy at or contact (805) 686-1941 for event updates.

Lisa André covers Valley Life for Santa Ynez Valley News. 


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