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University of South Alabama

Alabama has experienced an increased incidence of tick-borne diseases affecting humans (ADPH 2017). Presently, the only state-wide tick surveillance program is based at the University of South Alabama. Given the size of Alabama, limited resources, and the potential importance of tick-borne diseases in the state,  I am asking the public for help. All it takes is to send in any ticks found on a person (or pets) while outside. Sending is easy, just tape (Scotch tape is best) the tick(s) to a piece of paper, put it in a sealed envelope and send it to Dr. John McCreadie at the University of South Alabama (mailing address below). Submitted ticks will be identified to species and this information passed along to the person submitting the specimen. The only information needed is the location and date when the tick was found.   

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Dr. John McCreadie, Entomologist 

Department of Biology, 5871 USA Drive North

LSCB Room 124

University of South Alabama

Mobile AL 36688

(251) 460 6332





Brian Axsmith Memorial Scholarship in Biology

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As many of you are aware, Dr. Brian Axsmith has fallen victim Covid-19 and passed in early May.   He was a wonderful teacher and well known scholar, who will be truly missed in our department.  A scholarship fund has been set up in his name to provide support for Biology students with an interest in an area of study emphasizing Botany,  Ecology,  Environmental Science, or Evolution.

Donations for the Axsmith Scholarship

The Biology Department offers an excellent academic program with a training in areas from molecules to ecosystems.  Our faculty members are dedicated to teaching and helping students reach their maximum potential.  We have ample opportunities to get hands-on experience in biological research as well.  For more information on our undergraduate and graduate programs please visit the links to the left.