How do you describe to your friends what you do at Tyson?
“For the most part, I just tell people I'm doing research. I think they assume that I'm working in a lab. Usually I just say, 'We're studying the abundance of ticks in burned versus unburned plots.' People just look at it as, 'Oh, they're just doing a census. Why are they censusing ticks? What's the point?'”
What do you say?
“It's important that I give them the usual sound bite that tick-borne diseases are increasing by 300 percent and we want to decrease how much that is. But I don't love thinking about it that way because some of this is worth studying for the sake of knowledge. There’s definitely a dissonance when you tell people you're doing some sort of research, because of the expected payoff that they're looking for when you're talking about that.”