Project MEEM kids 2018!

Janet Roberts, recent graduate from Auburn University is leading some new exciting activities for Project MEEM (Mosquitoes to Educate and Empower Malagasy kids) this field season. This year participants get to make mosquito models out of pipecleaners, use Abuzz to record mosquito wingbeats to identify species, and use aspirators to do collections! Check out this awesome video! Bzzzzzz!

All 67 counties sampled!

Our summer mosquito surveillance team recently reached a major milestone. As of the end of June, our amazing team has sampled all 67 counties in the state of Alabama for Aedes larvae and adults!

Our summer research technicians have been spectacular and without their hard work we could not have met such a major goal. The summer mosquito team put together a blog to help teach citizens about mosquito ecology and to allow readers to follow along with their sampling efforts. Jaclyn Everly has made posts that can help citizens identify mosquitoes and larvae and she’s even included a quiz to test your knowledge.

If you are interested in working with us, we have some ways to get involved listed in this pamphlet- AU Mosquitoes Pamphlet Summer 18 PDF, which you are free to print and distribute.

 

 

Mosquito research in the news

The mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti, was found in the state of AL for the first time in decades by our team. Protect yourself from skeeters this summer!

Here is a great article with quotes from Kelly Stevens at the Alabama Department of Public Health. Click on the image below.

Planetary Health 2018

The amazing Nina Finley presenting on her research at the Planetary Health conference in Scotland!

Stay tuned to read more about her great work showing that by 2070 climate change will extend  the tungiasis season in Madagascar by months!

Welcome Katie!

We are excited to welcome Katie Izenour to our lab for her PhD! Katie is the first graduate student from the lab who will be based in the Department of Pathobiology in the AU-College of Veterinary Medicine. Katie joins us from CDC where she was a part of the PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) program in Washington DC.

Katie received her Master’s of Public Health from Tulane University and BSc from the University of South Florida, and brings with her years of experience in public health.

Welcome to Auburn!

Exciting week!

Three of our students won presentation awards at the student symposium last Monday! Two oral and one poster presentation!

Congratulations Ben McKenzie, Alisia Diamond, and Hannah Short!!

 

Mosquito season is upon us!

Aedes spp. mosquitoes are out and about and ready for peak feeding season along the Gulf in Alabama. Wear long sleeves, pants, and use DEET to protect yourselves! Victoria, Kayla, and Ben woke up bright and early this weekend to maximize capture time.