Mosquito vector biology (Harrington Lab)

Program or topic

Harrington Lab

Department(s) or unit(s)

  • Department of Entomology

Contact information

Laura Harrington
Professor, Entomology
(607) 255-4475

Program goals

To study how a changing climate will impact mosquito vector biology and the risk of vector-borne disease.

Brief Description

With current projections of increasing temperatures in the Northeast U.S., Cornell researchers predict an increase in insect pressure due to the warming environment. Laura Harrington is studying how such shifts in insect populations will affect human and animal health through her research on increases in vector-borne diseases associated with insects. Dr. Harrington and her colleagues are studying how weather and seasonal to inter-annual climatic variability influence mosquito vector biology and risk of vector-borne disease. This information is then used to generate models that are realistic, validated, and effective for predicting vector activity and human health risk, but at the same time can be readily employed in disease control programs.

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Laura Harrington

Harrington Lab

Mosquito Biology for the Home Owner

Key publications:

  • Gong, H., DeGaetano AT and LC Harrington. 2010. Climate-based Models for West Nile Culex Mosquito Vectors in the Northeastern USA.  International Journal of Biometeorology. 55(3): 435-446.
  • Ruiz-Moreno D, Vargas IS, Olson KE and LC Harrington2012. Modeling Dynamic Introduction of Chikungunya Virus in the United States. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 6(11): e1918. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0001918.
  • Tuiten , W.  Koenraadt, C.J.M, McComas, K. and L.C. Harrington. 2009. The Effect of West Nile Virus Perceptions and Knowledge on Protective Behavior and Mosquito Breeding in Residential Yards in Upstate New York. Eco Health 6(1): 42-51.
  • Harvell,D,  Altizer,S,  Cattadori,IM, Harrington, LC, and E Weil. 2009. Climate Change and Wildlife Disease: When Does the Host Matter the Most. Ecology. Vol. 90, No. 4, pp. 912-920.

Category: Entomology, Human health

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