The OSU acarology program traces its origin to the acarology group headed by George W. Wharton at Duke University in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. It consists of three main elements: teaching (the Acarology Summer Program), a research collection (Acarology Collection), and research (Klompen Lab).
The Acarology Summer Program offers 1-, 2- or 3- week workshops focused on identification of various groups of mites and ticks. Currently it is the longest running, and best known, program of its kind in the world. It provides advanced students and practicing biologists from all over the world with the latest information on problems related to ticks and mites.
The Acarology Collection includes one of the taxonomically most diverse university collections in North America. Diversity is our speciality. The collection is also one of the few mite collections that is databased at the specimen level, with all data available on-line. The collection also includes a strong spider collection, and smaller holdings of Opiliones and scorpions.
Dr. Klompen’s group does collection based research on mite systematics, with a focus on basal Parasitiformes. Other projects include molecular systematics of Parasitiformes (including ticks and Uropodina) and biology of deep soil mites.
Emeritus professor Dr. Needham works on control measures for house dust mites and epidemiology of tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and a variety of other arthropod-related medical topics.
07.07.07: OSU miteSite 2.0 launches
09.01.09: Parasitiformes uploaded
01.01.14: first specimen images
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