Outreach: Scarabs, The Bug Society - Talk on mosquitoes at the Burke Museum

Clement Vinauger and I will give a talk on the 27th of March at the monthly meeting of the Scarabs Society at the Burke Museum. We will talk about mosquito behavior and physiology including some learning and memory, pollination ecology and thermal stress managing during blood-feeding. Come and say hi! When: 27th of March, 7PM Where: Burke Museum, UW, 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St, Seattle, WA More details available here: https://www.meetup.com/Scarabs-The-Bug-Society/events/237446956/

"Furry logics, the physics of animal life" book highlights our work on mosquitoes!

Thanks to Martin Durrani and Liz Kalaugher for highlighting some of the work I performed on mosquitoes during my PhD in Claudio Lazzari's lab at the University of Tours in France! "The principles of physics lie behind many of the ways animals go about their daily lives. Scientists have discovered that the way cats and dogs lap up liquids can be explained by the laws of surface tension, how ants navigate is due to polarized light, and why pistol shrimps can generate enough force to destroy aquarium glass using their ”elbows!”Each of Furry Logic's six chapters tackles a separate branch of physics and, through more than 30 animal case studies, examines each creature's key features before descri

UW Bio post-doc seminar

I'll be presenting for the first time the results we obtained on the effect of temperature on olfactory behavior in mosquitoes at the Biology Post-doctoral seminar on the 6th of February! Abstract: In order to obtain a blood meal, disease vector insects need to accurately identify and locate mobile vertebrate hosts using a wide range of cues, in particular olfactory signals, which are key mediator of the vector-host interaction. While the physiological processes regulating food-seeking behavior have been well studied in these insects, comparatively less is understood about how environmental temperature might affect the performance of their sensory system. This project aims at contributing cl

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