Samantha Rose Schwab, a mathematical modeler finishing her PhD with Dr. Nina Fefferman at U. Tennessee, is sharing an office with Agnesa downstairs in McLean. Funded by a NSF Zika RAPID Sammi has been examining the effects of timing and scale of mosquito control on Zika transmission. Go visit: they have an expresso making coffee machine (!) Sammi will give a presentation on her research at lab meeting on October 19.
Prof. Scott Ritchie visited Brian and the Fonseca Lab in mid August and left a “path of construction”! He spent a day in the salt marsh with Brian, Dina and Rick Lathrop (the PI of the NOAA funded salt marsh mosquito project) and back in the lab taught us how to collect and identify mosquito egg shells to assess marsh productivity. The next day, Dina took Scott and Brian to a town in Maryland developing a Citizen AcTS project where residents are deploying passive lethal oviposition traps (GATs) for urban Aedes control. The GATs were co-invented by Dr. Ritchie. Scott met the Mayor and marveled at the town’s lush gardens and tall trees, perfect to sustain large populations of Asian tiger mosquitoes.