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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date

2015

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Geography

First Advisor

Trisha Jackson

Keywords

Lyme disease, forest fragmentation, land cover change

Abstract

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

Description

Includes bibliographical references (pages 37-43)

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

51

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
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