Lauren Cator is fascinated by watching animals behave and thinking about why they behave the way that they do. She is particularly interested in the behavior of disease transmitting mosquitoes for two reasons: we know very little about them and the behavior of these animals has an enormous impact on human health. In the past she has worked on several aspects of mosquito behavioral ecology both in the laboratory and in transmission sites in Tanzania, Thailand, Mexico, and India.
She moved to the Silwood Park Campus of Imperial College London in May of 2014. She is currently writing grants and setting up mosquito colonies for projects. If you are interested in working with Lauren please contact her: [email protected].
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Dr. Andy Aldersley is (very broadly!) interested in how we can use data to learn about the natural world around us. Currently, his focus is on understanding the how, what, and why of acoustic signalling between mosquitoes. During his PhD at the University of Bristol, Andy spent a large part of his time developing methods to visualise and analyse auditory interactions between pairs and larger groups of mosquitoes, with a view to understanding how sound is used in pre-copulatory and swarm behaviours. He joined the Cator Lab in April 2016, working on a BBSRC project to investigate more deeply the role of acoustics in male mating success of the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, and how this fits in with our wider knowledge of their behavioural ecology.
Nichar Gregory is broadly interested in understanding the mechanistic processes that operate between ecological conditions and outcomes of health relevance. In past work, she has investigated trade-offs in health-related ecosystem services in Brazil, using a dung beetle-faecal parasite system, as well as the role of cockfighting in facilitating Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A (H5N1) transmission in Southeast Asia. Her current research in Malaysian Borneo explores the impacts of converting lowland tropical forest to oil palm plantation on vector-borne disease risk. She is particularly interested in understanding how mosquito ecology interacts with environmental change to influence risk parameters. More information about Nichar's research can be found here.
Nichar is co-advised with Rob Ewers (Imperial).
Dr. Borlog Cator-Milner is originally from Geneva, NY. He has spent time "working" at Cornell University, Pennsylvania State University and currently can be found at Silwood Park (mostly the pub). His primary research interests include the effect of sleep deprivation on humans, optimal foraging theory, and rabbit location techniques. He also likes walks.
Stefano Idugboe Effect of larval nutrition on adult male survival in Aedes aegypti
Zacharo Zanti Investigating the effect of larval diet on the acoustic signals of Aedes aegpyti
Sarah Warwicker Can we catch the yellow fever mosquito with yeast? (2015)
Dougal Rees A comparative laboratory study on the reaction of Aedes aegypti to different yeast species (2016)
Kirelle McManus The effect of diet on swarming behaviour in Aedes aegypti (2016)
Celia Lutrat Indirect benefits in Aedes aegypti (2016)