Megan A. Linske


Department of Entomology
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
123 Huntington Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Voice:  (203)-974-8490 Fax: (203)-974-8502

Megan’s field of expertise is wildlife biology with a focus on the role of wildlife diversity in Lyme disease ecology and how the variation between Connecticut’s woodland and residential habitats. Her experience also extends into exotic invasive plant identification and management.

B.S., Environmental Science, Nazareth College 2012
M.S., Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Connecticut 2014
Ph.D., Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Connecticut 2017

Station career:
Seasonal Research Assistant 2012-2015
Agricultural Research Technician I 2015-2017
Agricultural Post-Doctoral Research Scientist 2017-Present

Her undergraduate research was conducted on the presence and concentration of the digestive enzyme chitinase in the eastern fence lizard. At the University of Connecticut, her Master’s degree research focused on trophic cascade effects of apex predator removal on invasive plants, small mammals, and blacklegged tick populations. Recent research for her doctorate concentrated on Lyme disease ecology and the role of habitat and hosts in the density and distribution of pathogen-infected blacklegged ticks. These studies encompassed the role of landscape in Lyme disease dispersion in regards to the theory of dilution effect and its applications in Connecticut. Currently, her research is being conducted on integrated tick management strategies for residential properties in Guilford, CT, distribution and consumption of a rodent vaccine for Borrelia burgdorferi in North Branford, CT, overwintering survival of blacklegged and lone star ticks, and determining the impact of a newly established population of lone star ticks in Connecticut.

Selected publications available from the author,, online or in books.

Recent Publications:

  • Linske, M. A., S. C. Williams, K. C. Stafford III, C. B. Lubelczyk, E. F. Henderson, M. Welch, and P. D. Teel. (2020). Determining effects of winter weather conditions on adult Amblyomma americanum (Acari: Ixodidae) survival in Connecticut and Maine, USA. Insects, 11(1), 13.

  • Stafford III, K. C., S. C. Williams, J. G. van Oosterwijk, M. A. Linske, S. Zatechka, L. M. Richer, G. Molaei, C. Przybyszewski, and S. K. Wikel. (2020). Field evaluation of a novel oral reservoir-targeted vaccine against Borrelia burgdorferi utilizing an inactivated whole-cell bacterial antigen expression vehicle. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 80, 257-268.

  • Williams, S. C., J. G. van Oosterwijk, M. A. Linske, S. Zatechka, L. M. Richer, C. Przybyszewski, S. K. Wikel, and K. C. Stafford III. (2020). Administration of an orally delivered substrate targeting a mammalian zoonotic pathogen reservoir population: Novel application and biomarker analysis. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. In Press.

  • Linske, M. A., K. C. Stafford III, S. C. Williams, C. B. Lubelczyk, M. Welch, and E. F. Henderson. (2019). Impacts of deciduous leaf litter and snow presence on nymphal Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) overwintering survival in coastal New England, USA. Insects, 10(8), 227.

  • Little, E. A. H., S. C. Williams, K. C. Stafford III, M. A. Linske, and G. Molaei. (2019). Evaluating the effectiveness of an integrated tick management approach on multiple pathogen infection in Ixodes scapularis questing nymphs and larvae parasitizing white-footed mice. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 80, 127-136.

  • Linske, M. A., S. C. Williams, K. C. Stafford III, and Isaac M. Ortega. (2018). Ixodes scapularis reservoir host diversity and abundance impacts on dilution of Borrelia burgdorferi in residential and woodland habitats in Connecticut, USA. Journal of Medical Entomology, 55, 681-690.

  • Linske, M. A., S. C. Williams, J. S. Ward, and K. C. Stafford III. (2018). Indirect effects of Berberis thunbergii infestations on Peromyscus leucopus exposure to Borrelia burgdorferi. Environmental Entomology, 47, 795-802.

  • Williams, S. C., E. A. H. Little, K. C. Stafford III, G. Molaei, and M. A. Linske. (2018). Integrated control of juvenile Ixodes scapularis parasitizing Peromyscus leucopus in residential southwestern Connecticut. Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases, 9, 1310-1316.

  • Williams, S. C., K. C. Stafford, III, G. Molaei, and M. A. Linske. (2018). Integrated control of nymphal Ixodes scapularis: Effectiveness of white-tailed deer reduction, the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae, and fipronil-based rodent bait boxes. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 18, 55-64.

  • Ward, J. S., S. C. Williams, and M. A. Linske. (2017). Independent effects of invasive shrubs and deer herbivory on plant community dynamics. Forests, 8(2), 1-18.

  • Ward, J. S., S. C. Williams, and M. A. Linske. (2017). Influence of invasive shrubs and deer browsing on regeneration in temperate deciduous forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 48(1), 58-67.

  • Williams, S. C., M. A. Linske, and J. S. Ward. (2017). Long-term effects of Berberis thunbergii management on Ixodes scapularis abundance and Borrelia burgdorferi prevalence in Connecticut, USA. Environmental Entomology, 46, 1329-1338.

  • Floyd, M. A., (2014). Trophic Cascade Effects of Deer Overabundance on Connecticut's Native Vegetation and Small Mammal Populations. University of Connecticut, Master’s Thesis.