Effects of larval density on the fitness of the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus)

Courtney Schreiner, a student at the University of Idaho, collaborated with fellow REU student Taryn Waite, along with Nicole Solano, Dr. Courtney Murdock, and Dr. Craig Osenberg. Abstract: We were interested in studying the effects of larval density on the fitness of the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus)­­. Aedes albopictus live all around Georgia and

To skip or not to skip: exploring the connections between orviposition behavior and density –dependence in Aedes albopictus mosquitoes

Taryn Waite, a student at Colby College, collaborated with REU student Courtney Schreiner, Nicole Solano, Dr. Craig Osenberg, and Dr. Courtney Murdock. Abstract: Conspecific density in larval habitats is an important factor affecting adult fitness in Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, as it drives competition for food and space. We conducted a larval density experiment wherein mason

What’s the buzz? An investigation on how urbanization impacts mosquito species distribution

Lilith South, a junior from the University of Georgia, worked with Mike Newberry in the lab of Dr. Courtney Murdock to study the relationship between urbanization and distribution of mosquito species. Abstract:   Impervious surfaces, mainly paved roads and buildings, significantly impact microclimate by making an area hotter and less humid. For this reason, urban areas

How does overall population density and temperature affect the fecundity of female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes?

Lindsey Jones, a student from Albany State University, worked with Michelle Evans in the lab of Dr. Courtney Murdock to look at fecundity of a mosquito vector species. Abstract:  Dynamics of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, yellow fever, chikungunya, and dengue depend on the ecology of both the disease and vector. Past studies have shown

Improving Temperature Specific Data Used to Determine Transmission Risk for Malaria

Temitayo Adanlawo, a Biology major from Howard University, worked with Kerri Miazgowicz in the lab of Dr. Courtney Murdock to study an important disease vector. Abstract: Malaria is a disease endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, India, southeast Asia and parts of Central and South America, and affects 300-600 million people every year. Malaria is a temperature-sensitive