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Mosquito Disease Vector Mapping
This project examined the macro- and microclimatic relationships between mosquito vectors of disease, habitat, hosts, and humans in the Southwest. Researchers used unique datasets from Tucson and other semi-arid areas of the world to investigate the arid region-specific nature of WNV transmission and epidemic generation. The project aimed to: a) model the ecological niche of West Nile virus vector mosquito habitat; b) understand the characteristics of southwestern climate during the years West Nile virus had been transmitted; c) examine the re-invasion of Aedes aegypti into southern Arizona and northern Mexico; and d) develop of an appropriate model of climate-vector-host relationships for the region.