News & Announcements

Mosquito natural history – Recently neglected, yet abundantly important

Please register for a free, online talk given by our very own Dr. Michael Reiskind on the fascinating, albeit recently neglected, natural history of mosquitoes. You can watch the talk live on Thursday, May 26th at 2pm EST. Listeners will have the opportunity to submit questions for Dr. Reiskind, and [...]

May 20th, 2016|Categories: News|

End of the semester musings

It has been a while since I posted here, busy with teaching, manuscripts, life. But I have had some interesting experiences of late, and I will share them here for anyone interested. First, some trivia.  I always teach that mosquitoes don't transmit bacteria, and I maintain that this is still [...]

May 11th, 2016|Categories: News|

New study updates an 18-year-old map of tick distribution in US

  Figure taken from Eisen, RJ, et al. 2016 Illustrating the expansion of tick range since 1998 survey. A study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology reports an overall expansion of the tick’s distribution, especially in the northern regions of the United States. Although the nationwide number [...]

February 8th, 2016|Categories: News|

Mosquitoes in Suburbia

It is well known that certain mosquito species can be adapted to better utilize particular environments when compared to other habitat generalist species. Researchers have worked to characterize mosquito populations in wild habitats, such as woodlands, fields, and the boundaries between these habitat types, known as edges. Because of this, [...]

February 1st, 2016|Categories: News|

Entomologists in Space?

In the early days of space exploration we know that monkeys and dogs had been launched into space, but did you know that our six-legged friends have also made that journey into the outer reaches? According to Wikipedia and NASA’s History of Animals in Space, 18 different insects have been [...]

February 1st, 2016|Categories: News, Uncategorized|

A Zika Summary

Zika virus has recently emerged in Central and South America, causing millions of cases of fever. This mosquito-borne virus, related to dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile viruses causes a relatively mild bout of flu-like symptoms for a week or so. One notable symptom is reddening of the eyes. In [...]

January 29th, 2016|Categories: News|

Mosquitoes in Winter

Well, we finally have winter like weather here in NC. I saw a flying, adult Aedes vexans on December 23rd, but the hard freezes over the last couple of days should eliminate those guys. Early in my academic career, I remember seeing a talk by a "freelance" mosquito control professional [...]

January 5th, 2016|Categories: News|

Flowers and mosquitoes and flies, oh my!

There is an assumption that flowers, at least those that use animals pollinators, evolve towards specialization. This, in turn, leads to the evolution of "pollination syndromes," in which the morphology of flowers coevolves with its pollinator, but retains some generalizability. Hence, we may have "bee syndrome" or a "hummingbird syndrome" [...]

December 11th, 2015|Categories: News|

Pigs Against Malaria

Mosquito vector-borne diseases are serious global health threats. Malaria alone claims the lives of about 600,000 people annually. With such high death tolls, controlling vectors and the pathogens that they carry is of critical importance. This is evidenced by this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine going to researchers who [...]

November 25th, 2015|Categories: News|

We’re on Instagram!

Next Tuesday, the entire Reiskind lab will be presenting at the North Carolina Mosquito & Vector Control Association conference. We'll be chatting about landscape ecology, population genetics, and dog heartworm disease. While we're gearing up for these presentations, I just wanted to pop in to say that we are officially on Instagram! You [...]

October 30th, 2015|Categories: News|