top of page

Your certificate is now private

CertificateBackground.png

Certificate of Completion

ErdosHorizontal.png

THIS ACKNOWLEDGES THAT

HAS COMPLETED THE MAY-SUMMER 2024 DATA SCIENCE BOOT CAMP

Douglas Stauffer

Roman Holowinsky, PhD

JUNE 10, 2024

DIRECTOR

DATE

clear.png

TEAM

Cicada Zombies

Wojciech Tralle, Tara Fambrough, Douglas Stauffer, Prayagdeep Parija, Henry Tucker

clear.png

This spring, two broods of periodical cicadas will emerge in parts of the South and the Midwest singing their love songs. The co-emergence of these two broods has not happened since Thomas Jefferson was president. Like many animals, they, too, are susceptible to diseases. And one of those diseases they get is a fungal infection by a fungus called Massospora cicadina where a third of the body has been replaced with fungal tissue. This causes something called active host transmission causing erratic mating behavior spreading the disease (basically making other Cicada "Zombies").
It would be interesting if the Cicadas could be classified as infected vs. non-infected or possible predict impact this year. Also, a possible factor is the impact of climate change.

Initial Idea Discovery:
https://www.npr.org/2024/05/01/1248545162/a-bizarre-fungus-is-threatening-tw

Screen Shot 2022-06-03 at 11.31.35 AM.png
github URL
bottom of page