Develop novel control interventions and discover insecticide-resistance-breaking compound

Expand the level of inter-institute/inter-agency coordination and partnership in the exchange of research and operational information in the Southeast

Establish a comprehensive, three-tiered training program for public health entomologists and students throughout the Southeast

Provide an evidence-based set of recommendations for a locally-tailored surveillance-response program in the form of a decision-making tool

Our Projects

PROJECT 1| Understanding vector ecology, arbovirus infection rates and insecticide resistance to optimize mosquito control

Aim 1: Investigate Aedes vector ecology and arbovirus infection rates in Miami-Dade County urban environments

Aim 2: Focus on Highly Attractive Biological Insecticide Traps (HABITraps)

Aim 3: Power vector control tools with strategies to circumvent insecticide resistance

Aim 4: Investigation of naturally occurring Wolbachia infections in Aedes aegypti populations in Florida

PROJECT 2 | Wintertime transmission of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV) in Florida

Photo: Airman st Class Devin S. Michaels

Aim 1: Understanding factors determining risk for wintertime EEEV transmission

Aim 2: Biological determinates of wintertime EEEV transmission

Aim 3: Alternative mechanisms of EEEV transmission

PROJECT 3 | Ecological and insecticide-resistance models of tick vectors in Florida

Aim 1: High-resolution spatial map of the Florida landscape of ticks

Aim 2: Distribution, prevalence, and risk of tick-borne pathogens

Aim 3: Characterize occurrence and possible mechanisms of acaricidal resistance in the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum

Aim 4: Brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, dynamics and impacts of acaricide resistance

PROJECT 4 | Multi-scale, modular models for Vector-Borne Disease (VBD)

Aim 1: Develop fine-grained behavioral descriptions of transmission for important disease vector species.

Aim 2: Reconcile risk maps of transmission of Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika and arthropod-borne pathogens using models of vector abundance, information from endemic countries, travel data and past incidence and test using mechanistic models.

Aim 3: Develop models of the microscale transmission dynamics of mosquito-borne viral pathogens.

Aim 4: Develop utilities for optimal VBD surveillance study designs.

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