Irka Bargielowski has a broad background in ecology. She chose to study ecology to learn about nature and to discover how organisms and populations of organisms interacted and evolved. During her studies, she became interested in why organisms behaved in certain ways and focused her research on behavioral ecology.
This brought her to studying the mating behavior of Aedes aegypti (the Yellow fever mosquito) and Aedes albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito). These two species have been described as the most invasive species in the world, as well as two of the most dangerous species in the world. They are the main vectors of yellow fever, dengue fever, Zika virus, and chikungunya virus, putting over half the world’s population at risk of disease.
Advances in genomics are allowing us to approach questions about population structure and adaptation mechanisms within mosquito populations in novel ways. The answers we find applying these new techniques can allow us to make informed decisions about controlling disease outbreak and risk for the millions of people exposed to these diseases around the world.
Join Irka and Anthony Cornel on a guided hike to analyze mating behaviors of mosquitoes on Saba and learn hands-on approaches to control their population. Learn from mosquito experts on a topic that is commonly overlooked!