Joyce Sakamoto is an assistant research professor of entomology and studies microbial ecology at the host population level in multiple arthropod systems (including ticks). Her research covers three broad topics: 1) population genetics of ticks, 2) dynamics of tick microbiomes and inter-microbial interactions therein, and 3) historical shifts in species diversity in tick communities.
from The Washington Post May 21, 2018
from AccuWeather March 1, 2018
"The blacklegged tick or the deer tick that everybody is concerned about, that one can handle the cold. It has sort of an antifreeze ability, so that it can withstand cold temperatures,” Sakamoto said. “Now, if you put them right into the freezer, they will die,” Sakamoto said. “But, in reality that’s not how they’re exposed to the cold. They’re not exposed to complete constant temperature at a particular level that’s going to kill them outright.”
from Tribune-Review February 6, 2018
Joyce Sakamoto, a Penn State University research associate in entomology, wanted to see for herself whether the harsh winter has taken a toll on the state's tick population. “So when temperatures reached over 30 degrees, I went out to check out a couple of tick hot spots nearby (State College) to confirm,” Sakamoto said.
from StateCollege.com April 15, 2018
Penn State entomology researcher Joyce Sakamoto, meanwhile, explains why Pennsylvania has a high tick population.
from Weather World April 3, 2018
Ticks can burrow into the soil for insulation in cold season.