Before I started my Master's degree I previously did research on bioacoustics in birds. You may be familiar with the songs of birds. Many bird songs are used for courtship. However did you know that buzz of the mosquito can play a role in mating? In Aedes aegypti wing beat frequency plays a crucial role in [...]
Evarcha culicivora, the Anopheles terminator. Photos courtesy of Icipe & TumbaAbierta.comOn the heels of the release of Terminator Genisys, a recent paper in the Journal of Arachnology describes a different kind of terminator. Researchers at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe) published an article about two spider species that specialize in hunting mosquitoes. Many spiders are [...]
The temperature of the environment is critical to the growth of organisms that cannot generate their own heat, including insects. As a general rule, the warmer the environment, the faster an insect grows, at least in part because their metabolism increases with increased temperature. This speedy development does come with a cost: smaller size as [...]
It’s July and mosquito field season is in full swing. As an introductory post, I thought it would be fun to show you all my daily field work routine. My day started off around 8:00 am collecting mosquito traps. The afternoon before, I had set up these traps at a mix of suburban and wild sites [...]
Here's a video clip of live sperm swimming in an Aedes albopictus spermatheca.
The use of historical specimens in genetic analyses is an underutilized resource that can offer insight into previously unanswerable questions. Comparing historical and modern day specimens gives us a "direct temporal comparison of patterns of genetic variation." Museum collections are massively important because of the great many purposes they serve. Specimens are educational to visitors, are the basis of research [...]
Sometimes a microscope doesn't help. In the last few weeks we have ramped up a considerable sampling effort in suburban Wake County for mosquitoes. We are doing a lot with these mosquitoes, and testing several hypotheses about how the landscape affects mosquito diversity, abundance, and subsequent disease transmission. BUT, that is not the topic for [...]
The Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University is searching for a Postdoctoral fellow with training, experience and skills in applied chemical ecology with knowledge of filth fly biology and behavior. The person will be responsible for the development of an attractive lethal trap. The incumbent is responsible for [...]
Research Triangle Park, NC. Dr. Reiskind accepted the challenge of giving a five minute talk to about 150 people at RTP180, a kind of entertaining event targeted at the young professionals that work in Research Triangle Park. Luckily, there was free beer and food, so the crowd was quite gentle, and the whole experience was [...]
Raleigh, NC. The Reiskind Mosquito lab had a great time at BugFest at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, an annual event celebrating all things insects (and a few arachnids, too). Everyone in the lab pulled together to create entertaining and educational material for all age patrons. Pictured above is the morning crew.