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The Interplay between Climate and Urbanization on Mosquito Populations in Maricopa County, Arizona

Quantitative Biology Colloquium

The Interplay between Climate and Urbanization on Mosquito Populations in Maricopa County, Arizona
Series: Quantitative Biology Colloquium
Location: Online
Presenter: Marina Mancuso, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Arizona State University

Mosquito-borne diseases are the number one cause of human morbidity and mortality worldwide. Arizona experienced some of the nation's highest levels of West Nile Virus (WNV) and St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE) incidence in 2019, which are caused from the bites of infectious female Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes. Numerous biotic and abiotic factors influence the presence and distribution of mosquito populations, including local climate, land cover, and human behavior. This study uses climate and remote sensing data along with statistical modeling techniques to analyze the spatial and temporal effect that climate, land-cover, and urbanization have on Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito populations in Maricopa County, Arizona. This talk will compare how seasonality and localized differences in land cover affect the distribution of each mosquito species. These results provide insight into guiding public health decisions to control local mosquito populations in response to the growing urbanization in desert cities.

Place: Zoom:  https://asu.zoom.us/j/85049043960