Associate Professor of Biology
Director, Vermont Science Initiative
Ph. D., Genetics, Arizona State University, 2005
Genetic Diversity, Environmental Stress and Emerging Infectious Disease in Conservation
M.S., Wildlife Science, Oregon State University, 2000
Habitat Selection by Northern Pygmy-Owls
B.A., Biology, UC Santa Cruz, 1990
I want Lyndon students and graduates to think independently and solve problems in rigorous and reliable ways. In short, I want students to develop a skill set that will serve them throughout life. Science is a spectacular tool for solving problems. I create opportunities for students to develop their problem solving and independent thinking skills by doing science. My students participate in publication of research findings in peer reviewed journals and professional conferences.
My research focuses on the ecology of infectious disease. Ticks and tick-borne diseases have expanded rapidly in recent decades, exposing more and more people to Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and other tick-borne diseases. I am interested in the ecological side of this question. Why have tick populations expanded? For how long, and how wide will they continue to expand? How do ticks arrive in a new location, and by what mechanism do their associated pathogens arrive with them?
I am passionate about science education. I teach a variety of classes to Lyndon students, and I promote science education the earliest grades throuh the Vermont Science Initiative.
Math & Science Partnership Leadership Grant, VT Agency of Ed. (2015-2018). Vermont Science Initiative Summer Science Academy and Next Generation Science Standards Exemplar training, $900,000.
Math Science Partnership Grant, VT Agency of Ed. (2014). Vermont Science Initiative Summer Science Academy, $340,979.
Math Science Partnership Grant, VT Agency of Ed. (2013). Vermont Science Initiative Summer Science Academy, $269,440.
Math Science Partnership Grant, VT Agency of Ed. (2012). Vermont Science Initiative Summer Science Academy, $200,000.
Math Science Partnership Grant, VT Agency of Ed. (2012). Vermont Science Initiative Summer Engineering Institute, $60,000.
Education Publications and Presentations (undergraduates in bold)
Giese, A.R. (2012). Heads Up! A Calculation- and Jargon-free Approach to Statistics. Am. Biol. Teach. 74: 339-340.
Giese, A.R. (2005). Using inquiry and phylogeny to teach comparative morphology. Am. Biol. Teach. 67: 412-418.
Giese, A.R., R. Affolter and D. Bailey (2016). NGSS-aligned, Research-based, and Cyber-enabled: Training Science Teacher-leaders in Vermont Through a VSI-NGSX Partnership. Math and Science Partnerships National Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Giese, A.R. (2013). Can the Engineering Design Process Facilitate a Holistic Approach to STEM in the Elementary Classroom? Math and Science Partnerships National Conference, Washington D.C.
Giese, A.R., M. Miller and B.A. Blackie (2011). Improve Student Lab Reports by Taking a Long View of Lab Planning. National Association of Biology Teachers annual conference, Anaheim, CA.
Giese, A.R. (2010). Teaching Critical Thinking by Abandoning Traditional Approaches to Science Laboratories. Improving University Teaching, 35th annual conference, Bethesda, MD.
Giese, A.R. and P.J. Parisi (2009). Teaching Without Lecturing: Collaborative and Student-centered Approaches. STAR Professional Development Series, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT.
Parisi, P.J. and A.R. Giese (2009). The Invasion of Glossy Buckthorn: An Interdisciplinary Pilot Study Combining Natural Science and Digital Media. Improving University Teaching, 34th annual conference, Vancouver, B.C.
Parisi, P.J. and A.R. Giese (2008). The Invasion of Glossy Buckthorn: An Interdisciplinary Pilot Study Combining Natural Science and Digital Media. International Digital Media and Arts Association annual conference, Savannah, GA.
Giese, A.R. and E.L. Gingue (2008). A Case Study of Student Research that was Readily Accessible and Really Mattered. National Association of Biology Teachers annual conference, Memphis, TN.
Are mammalian hosts such as deer and mice the primary vehicles of tick expansion, or do migratory birds and human travel play the dominant role?
Once ticks become established in a new area, does repeated immigration of new ticks play an important role in maintaining tick and pathogen populations?
What shapes the internal ecology of microorganisms in the tick mid gut, and how might that affect patterns of pathogen establishment?
What role to invasive plants play in tick expansion?
I do not think ticks are so cool that I must spend all my time looking at them!
I do think the following:
Questions about ticks are important. We need these answers.
Questions about ticks are answerable. Undergraduate researchers can contribute to science, and they have.
Students opportunities abound. Students can focus field work on mammal and plant populations, or they collect ticks directly. Students can also work in the lab, looking at scientific questions through the window of genetics. Students can also do computer work, analyzing gene sequences and tapping into the power of publicly available big data like GenBank.
Vermont Department of Health. (2016). Microhabitat Selection by Ticks on Farms in Vermont, $15,000
Vermont Genetics Network. (2014-2017). Metagenomic Assessment of the Gut Microbiome of the Black-legged Tick, $55,000.
Vermont Department of Health. (2013-2016). Effects of Climate Change: Surveillance of Tick-borne Pathogens, $72,000.
Vermont Agency of Agriculture. (2014). Zoonotic Pathogen Prevalence in Small Mammals, $3,500.
Lyme Disease Association. (2015). Black-legged Tick Microbiome, $2,500.
Lyme Disease Association. (2011). Black-legged Tick Population Dynamics and Lyme Prevalence in Vermont, $5,000.
Lyndon State College Advanced Study Grant. (2011). Survey of Tick Populations in Vermont, $8,873.
Research Presentations and Publications (undergraduates in bold)
Brou V.A.Jr., A.R. Giese, D.H. Miller (2013) A new U.S. state record for a tropical fruit-piercing moth in the family Erebidae Leach. South. Lepid. News. 35: 27-28.
Serra, A.C., P.S. Warden, C.R. Fricker, and A.R. Giese (2013) Distribution of Ticks and Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont. Northeastern Naturalist. 20(1):197-204.
Giese, A.R., P.R. Donais and S.M. Rich (2015). Tick-borne Pathogens in Vermont: a two-year update. Northeast Natural History Conference, Springfield, MA.
Marsh, E.R. and A.G. Giese (various). The Impact Of Invasive Honeysuckle Removal On Black-legged Tick Density In An Exurban Residential Setting
Northeast Natural History Conference, Springfield, MA (2015)
New England Botanical Club Conference, Northhampton, MA (2015)
Donais, P.R. and A.R. Giese (2015). Efficacy of Natural and Synthetic Tick Repellants. Northeast Natural History Conference, Springfield, MA.
Giese, A.R. and A.C. Serra (various). Time to Talk Ticks.
Fairbanks Museum, Saint Johnsbury, VT (2013)
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, VT (2013)
Chittenden Public Library, Chittenden, VT (2013)
Serra, A.C. and A.R. Giese (2012). A Survey of Tick Populations Along the Connecticut River in Vermont. Northeast Natural History Conference, Syracuse, NY.
Lapierre, M. and A.R. Giese (2011). Associations Between Stream Conditions and Growth Rates of Eastern Brook Trout. Northeast Natural History Conference, Albany, NY.
Santorello, C., D. Conant and A.R. Giese (2011). Efficacy of a Norway Maple Eradication Effort at Lyndon State College. Northeast Natural History Conference, Albany, NY.