In a container of water crowded with mosquito larvae, killing only some of them can sometimes result in more adult mosquitoes emerging than would have otherwise. New research on three container-breeding mosquito species details the complex dynamics between changes in larval density and mosquito survival and offers insight into the optimal timing for mosquito-control treatments.
With the growing occurrence and range of diseases spread by insects and arthropods, the U.S. has been in serious need of more trained medical entomologists. A CDC-supported master's degree program in vector-borne disease biology at Cornell University is one effort to address this shortage directly.
The Public Health Entomology for All program fosters a new generation of public health entomologists with backgrounds in a variety of scientific fields. Meet four participants in the 2023 program, who have learned through hands-on experience at CDC labs and mosquito-control districts across the United States.
Meet Heather Kopsco, Ph.D., a vector-borne disease ecologist and research scientist at Columbia University and subject of the next installment of our "Standout Early Career Professionals" series.
In a study of mosquitoes in and around the Nashville Zoo, northern cardinals were found to be the most common source of the mosquitoes' blood meals, despite more than 300 species of animals on exhibit. None the less, the study suggests zoos are a valuable resource for monitoring mosquito species diversity, biology, and pathogen presence.