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RIP David Simser: The Tick Guy who loved his job

Posted Nov 29 2010 4:50pm

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.

On November 26, Dave Simser, 57, died of prostate cancer in Sandwich, MA.

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!

You can watch an excerpt from UNDER OUR SKIN of Dave Simser collecting and talking about ticks here.

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