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.

Culex_pipiens

The Culex pipiens complex

Spread across the World due to their association with humans. Created hybrid species and driven insecticide resistance.

Aedes_albopictus

Fighting the Tiger

Local and rapid evolution guide strategies for control of the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, in the US and abroad.

Aedes_japonicus

Helpful invasives

Experimental studies of temperate and tropical mosquitoes and aquatic microbes uncover evidence of cooperation.

Population Genomics

Population Genomics

Thousands of Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) for individual mosquitoes..

IR

Insecticide Resistance

Insecticide reistance impacts disease vector control and evolution. We do bioassays and look for target mutations.

Wetlands_WNV

Urban wetlands and WNV

High biodiversity islands in urban landscapes such as wetlands mean less West Nile virus risk.