Overview of our research program

Our lab focuses on studying the thermal biology, eco-physiology and neuro-ethology of disease vector insects and ticks. We rely on a collaborative, multidisciplinary and integrative approach, combining field work, behavioral analyses, molecular biology, chemical ecology and electrophysiology. The results from these projects help to get a better understanding of the disease vectors’ biology, and will lay the groundwork for the development of new tools to control their populations.

Current projects

Nectar / Sugar feeding ecology in mosquitoes 

Students involved: Forde Upshur, Morgen VanderGiessen, Lauren Fryzlewicz, Cameron Hart and Elizabeth Bose

Current collaborators:  

Funding: The Eppley Foundation for Research, The Global Change Center  

Recent papers and news: 

- Lahondère C., C. Vinauger, R.P. Okubo, G. Wolff, O.S. Akbari, J.A. Riffell (2019). The olfactory basis of orchid pollination by mosquitoes. (accepted) PNAS.

- Upshur I.F.**, Bose E.A*, Hart C.* and C. Lahondère. (2019). Temperature and sugar feeding effects on the activity of a laboratory strain of Aedes aegypti. Insects, 10(10): 347.

Climate change and the dynamics of mosquito population in Virginia ​

Students involved: Morgen VanderGiessen and Forde Upshur

Current collaborators:  Dr. Luis Escobar (VT Wildlife and Fisheries), Dr. Karen Kovaka (VT Philosophy), Dr. Clément Vinauger (VT Biochemistry) 

Funding: The Global Change Center  

Recent papers and news: 

Development of mosquito traps and baits

Students involved: Morgen VanderGiessen 

Current collaborators:  Dr. David Schmale (VT SPES)

Funding: The Global Change Center, MicroFEWHS  

Recent papers and news: