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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
Lyme disease, forest fragmentation, land cover change
Anthropogenic ecosystem disturbance has been determined to be largely responsible for the emergence and expansion of Lyme disease. The project presented here furthers our understanding of this relationship by focusing on the effect of forest fragmentation on Lyme disease rate increases in Wisconsin. Land cover change over two time periods 2001-2006, 2006-2011, five forest fragmentation metrics, two climate variables, and Lyme disease incidence data are used analyze the relationship between changing climate and land cover patterns and disease incidence. Analysis of land cover change, fragmentation metrics, and climate variables demonstrated strong correlations with Lyme disease incidence.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Lyme disease -- Wisconsin Landscape changes -- Wisconsin Spatial analysis (Statistics) Medical geography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 37-43)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Richardson, Brad, "The Geography of Lyme Disease in Wisconsin : a Spatio-temporal Analysis of Landscape Patterns and Disease Incidence" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1897.