Grand Re-Opening of the U.S. National Tick Collection October 28, 2015

The entire Georgia Southern University community is invited to join the James H. Oliver, Jr. Institute for Coastal Plain Science in celebration of the Grand Re-Opening of the U.S. National Tick Collection (USNTC) on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Math/Physics Building, Room 1022. Curators of the collection will be available to answer questions and light refreshments will be provided.

The USNTC is the largest continuously curated tick collection in the World with over a million specimens and about one-third of the World’s primary tick types. Its taxonomic breadth is enormous, including 96% of recognized tick species (approx. 900 spp.) and all U.S. tick species.

The USNTC has a remarkable history that began in 1905 at the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, where H.T. Ricketts discovered the role of ticks in the transmission of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Investigations into the transmission cycle of the disease intensified and involved extensive tick collecting. These ticks were deposited at the newly created Rocky Mountain Lab and constituted the initial core of the USNTC.  The collection was donated to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in 1983. Due to the foresight and efforts of Drs. James H. Oliver and James E. Keirans, the collection moved to Georgia Southern on a long-term enhancement loan from the Smithsonian Institution in 1990 and it has remained at Georgia Southern ever since.  

The U.S. National Tick Collection has been closed to tours and visitors since November 2014 as it expanded into newly-acquired and newly-renovated space in the Math/Physics Building. The facilities obtained in Math/Physics represent a significant upgrade for this extensive and important collection by providing more space for specimens, storage, and research, as well as improved fire protection.

On campus directions to the USNTC are provided below. For any further questions contact Daniel Gleason (Phone: 912-478-5957, email:, Director, James H. Oliver, Jr. Institute for Coastal Plain Science.

USNTC Directions

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