Biodiversity of Medically Important Arthropods (BioMIA)

Our research group investigates the biodiversity, ecology, and systematics of arthropods of medical and veterinary importance.

Female blackfly drawing 

Simulium vampirum

This research addresses global problems associated with medically important arthropods and arthropod-borne diseases. Current research projects include the ecology of arthropod-borne pathogens; interactions of aquatic insects and their symbiotes; cytogenetics, ecology, and systematics of black flies (Diptera: Simuliidae); medical-veterinary entomology in zoos; and the butterfly proboscis as a model for nanofluidic medical probes.