Thomas N. Mather is a Professor and Director of the Center for Vector-Borne Disease at the University of Rhode Island. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, his M.S. from the University of Delaware, and his B.S. from Muhlenberg College, PA. Before joining URI, Mather was a research scientist at the Harvard School for Public Health. Mather has over 30 years of experience with vector-borne disease research, specifically on mosquito and tick ecology. For the past 11 years, his research has focused on tick population suppression and transmission dynamics of tickborne diseases. His research and outreach programs are diverse, including vaccine discovery projects, evaluations of targeted tick control strategies, tickborne disease risk prediction, as well as development of tick-bite protection decision support tools and social networking strategies for tickborne disease prevention. His website, TickEncounter.org, has received local, national, and international recognition.