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Apperson, Charles S

Entomology and Plant Pathology
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  • Vector biology: basic and applied research on the ecology, behavior and/or control of arthropods of public health importance, principally mosquitoes and ticks.
  • Biology and ecology of the container-inhabiting mosquitoes Aedes albopictusAedes aegypti,and Ochlerotatus triseriatus.
  • Arthropod-host interactions: blood feeding habits and pathogen transmission.
  • Environmental and behavioral factors affecting mosquito oviposition: chemical ecology of mosquito oviposition attractants and stimulants.
  • Microbial ecology of mosquito habitats, focusing on the oviposition response of gravid Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus to the species structure of bacterial communities.
  • Ecoepidemiology of mosquito-transmitted diseases, such as La Crosse encephalitis.
  • Ecoepidemiology of tick-borne diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease

Ecology | Microbiology | Entomology
Country(s) of experience:
Peru | Thailand
Type(s) of International Experience:
Researcher in an international project | Speaker at an international conference | Other international activities | Advisor for international students | Host for international post-doc
Development and Proof of Efficacy of a Lethal Ovitrap for Dengue Prevention Development project
01/01/2008 - 12/31/2015
Funding Agency/Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Institutional Partner: Tulane University (TU), USA

Pyrosequencing the Microbiome of Leptrombidium mite vectors of Scrub Typhus Research project
01/01/2010 - 12/31/2010
Funding Agency/Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Institutional Partner: Tulane University (TU), USA

Project Collaborations:
Development of an oviposition attractive blend for the sand fly Phelebotomus papatasi, the vector of cutaneous Leishmaniasis
01/01/2012 - 12/31/2020
Funding Agency/Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Institutional Partner:
Development of a lethal ovitrap for dengue prevention
01/01/2008 - 12/31/2019
Funding Agency/Sponsor:
Institutional Partner: Tulane University (TU), USA