Invasive and Emerging Disease Vectors
We research how species that are potential disease vectors arrive, thrive, change, and transmit new and local diseases to wildfile, lifestock, pets and humans. We develop and use population and species level genetic markers that range from mitochondrial sequences to hypervariable microsatellites (SSRs) and dense maps of Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). We use PCR, qPCR, standard and NextGen Illumina sequencing. We perform life-history measurements, competition experiments and insecticide resistance tests as well as field surveillance and control experiments in collaboration with federal, state, and county mosquito control programs.