Popular Science Magazine once called “Tick Dragging” one of the top 10 worst science jobs , but anyone who has watched the documentary UNDER OUR SKIN knows that entomologist Dave Simser, PhD, really loved his work — collecting Lyme-infected ticks around Cape Cod with his loyal dog Ishmael.
The UNDER OUR SKIN scene where Dave enthusiastically captures a pair of troublemaking female ticks, then names them Thelma and Louise, has been a crowd-pleaser in screenings across the country.
The crew of UNDER OUR SKIN wishes Dave’s family and friends our condolences. We remember his intellect, humor and humanity — and his important contributions to uncovering the hidden and growing Lyme disease epidemic. Those Lyme green Converse shoes will be very hard to fill!