During his childhood years while growing up in South Africa, Anthony Cornel had a burning desire to learn more about nature and to discover how organisms lived and interacted with each other. He grew up having wonderful opportunities to examine the African savanna environment in national and provincial nature parks and reserves.
After completing his PhD in Zoology, Anthony moved then to the USA and spent over 5 years, as Postdoctoral researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, studying the genomes of African malaria vectors, Anopheles gambiae complex. Since 1997, Anthony continues to work on mosquito disease vectors that influence the lives of people, birds and wildlife in the USA and in multiple African countries. To date, he has over 30 years of experience investigating the ecology, systematics, population genetics, cytogenetics, and insecticide resistance of multiple mosquito species.
As we enter this era of maintaining biodiversity and saving our planet from destruction while still working in the interest of Public and Wildlife safety, we must develop and implement novel environmentally friendly tools of mosquito control. This provides its own challenges that require more in-depth knowledge of how mosquitoes survive in the wild.
Understanding the bigger picture of the role mosquitos play in our ecosystem and how communities can develop natural solutions to coexist is the task both on Saba and elsewhere. Join Anthony and Irka Bargielowski on a guided hike to analyze how mosquitos’ behavior and adaptations are evolving due to human developments. These renowned experts promise we can gain a greater understanding of this commonly overlooked subject.