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The Medical Entomology Lab at the Illinois Natural History Survey focuses on surveillance of and research on mosquitoes and ticks that are of medical and veterinary concern to the state of Illinois. Our work includes conducting the statewide active surveillance program for ticks and tick-borne pathogens and conducting mosquito-insecticide resistance monitoring across the state. Particular research areas of interest are: the environmental associations of ticks and tick-borne disease agents; the invasion biology of Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito); the community ecology of mosquitoes; understanding the environmental and landscape determinants of arbovirus (e.g., West Nile) transmission; environmental influences on parasite-vector interactions and evolution of insecticide resistance; and improving our understanding of (blood- and nectar-feeding, mating and oviposition-site seeking) behavior to improve mosquito control methods.

 

Ecology, epidemiology, and control of vector-borne diseases