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Webinar: Understanding the Interconnectedness of Climate Change, Salt Marsh Resilience, and Nuisance Mosquitos
Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 3:00
Tuesday, February 23, 2021. 3:00 PM. Webinar: Understanding the Interconnectedness of Climate Change, Salt Marsh Resilience, and Nuisance Mosquitos. Richard Lathrop and Dina Fonseca, Rutgers University; Lisa Auermuller and Kaitlin Gannon, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve. Sponsored by National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative. More information here.
In this webinar, project team members will describe how data collection, mapping, and modeling efforts have resulted in increased clarity about marsh habitat change to inform mosquito control efforts in New Jersey. Future modeling and marsh‐upland edge mapping suggest that the
marsh‐upland is and will be a hotspot for change, and field sampling confirmed that these “new” habitats can serve as breeding areas for mosquitos. The team developed environmental DNA (eDNA) assays for the most common salt marsh mosquitoes in the Middle Atlantic US
states. Working closely with mosquito control agency personnel, the team has made major advancements in mosquito surveillance through the deployment of drone-based sampling of breeding pools paired with the eDNA analyses. The team also developed outreach materials to inform the public about health risks posed by mosquitoes and management, and a module for middle/high school educators.