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Bachelor of Science




This study sought to fill these gaps of knowledge ticks as a model species. Based on the known information on the microbiome of vectors, and ticks more specifically, I sought to answer two prominent questions: are there relationships between the microbiome of individual ticks and do ticks from different sexes or life stages have variance in their microbiomes? In reference to my first question, I hypothesized that ticks coming from the same lineage, being the males, 7 Community Structure of the Microbiome of Ixodes scapularis females, and resulting eggs, would have a more similar microbiome to each other than to other ticks and that ticks coming form different geographic locations within Virginia would have variance in their microbiomes. For my second question, I hypothesized that females would have a more diverse and abundant microbiome as a result of their increased blood meal size and frequency and the increased time they spend on their host.

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