Checking tick activity in your phone

In 2016, we developed a model capable of predicting daily tick activity in Dutch forests. This model used observations collected by a citizen science initiative: a small group of dedicated volunteers monitored ticks once a month for over a decade, creating one of the most unique and long-term datasets of the field. I was lucky to put my hands on that dataset during my PhD, so we fitted a data-driven model to this data using a wide array of environmental variables.