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Research in the Medical Entomology Lab at the Illinois Natural History Survey focuses on tire-breeding mosquitoes that are of medical and veterinary concern to the state of Illinois. Particular areas of interest are: 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