Samantha is a senior majoring in biology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. A member of the University Honors Program, she received a Richter Fellowship for summer 2012 to conduct research at SMU-in-Taos. She is investigating the frequency of ectoparasites in specific habitats by collecting them off deer mice. She expects to find ticks, mites, fleas, botflies and more, and will document which parasites are near rivers, woodlands and deserts. With this information she plans to inform residents and visitors of Taos how to stay parasite free and avoid possible transmission of diseases.
Hello, everyone! As of today, we have caught 77 mice! I cannot believe how far we have come on this journey that just began a few weeks ago. Our class has put a lot of hard work into studying these mice. We have to be thorough, dedicated and commit most of our day to this class, and thankfully my classmates make it very enjoyable! We have become such a great team and learned many things from one another. Tomorrow is our last day to collect traps, which means the end is almost near. The last time I updated you, we were finishing up collecting mice in the river. Afterward, we moved to the woods. We had a very large area [...]