Project update: Lanai and Dr. Matthew Mederios

Hi all mosquito catchers!

For the fall of 2019 we will be introducing a few NEW project objectives. The first is from my good friend and colleague Matthew Mederios, an assistant professor from the University of Hawaii Manoa. Matt is focused on mosquitoes and their microbes/pathogens focusing on Lanai and surrounding islands. This work will complement the work you have done that has been focused on the Big Island, Oahu and somewhat on Maui. Dr. Mederios will directly engage partners in Lanai and other islands and will be promoting engagement including documentation using the Mosquitoes in Hawaii platform where he is known as @ikaikasci. See the brief project description below and stay tuned!

All the best,

Durrell (@cydno)

From @ikaikasci

"An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Hawai‘i and California Academy of Sciences are initiating a project to study mosquitoes on Lāna‘i and surrounding islands of Maui, Moloka‘i, and Kaho‘olawe. A critical aspect of this project focuses on understanding where mosquitoes occur, how persistent are their populations at different locations, and how do mosquitoes move within and among islands. This information will be invaluable to develop strategies to control mosquitoes and reduce the risk of mosquito-borne disease transmission. In the coming months, our team will be seeking the engagement of citizen scientists to augment sampling and mosquito detection on Lāna‘i, Maui, and Moloka‘i. We plan to coordinate these activities through the “Mosquitoes of Hawai‘i” project on the iNaturalist platform. Stay tuned for more information on this new mosquito project in Hawai‘i nei."

Posted by cydno cydno, August 13, 2019 00:49


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