Halloween 2016
Halloween 2018



Lab Head: Courtney C. Murdock



                                                                         Associate Professor 


                                                                         6136 Comstock Hall

                                                                         Department of Entomology                                                                                                                                         College of Agriculture and Life Sciences                                                                                                                   Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853








Graduate Students:




   Nicole Solano (IDEAS NSF Fellow)

                                                                      PhD student (Aug 2017 - present)

                                                                             136 Ecology Building

                                                                             Odum School of Ecology

                                                                             University of Georgia

                                                                             Athens, GA 30602


I am interested in exploring the effect of larval interspecific competition on adult mosquito community dynamics and fitness with regards to disease transmission, how the outcome of competition is mediated by variation in microclimate due to land use change, and how mathematical models could use these data for broad-scale predictions about human disease transmission.

   Mike Newberry (IDEAS NSF Fellow / NSF GRFP Scholar)

                                                                      PhD student (Aug 2017 - present)

                                                                             136 Ecology Building

                                                                             Odum School of Ecology

                                                                             University of Georgia

                                                                             Athens GA 30602     



I am investigating the interaction of the microbiome, the mosquito vector, and environmental factors. This includes examining within host and outside host microbial communities and observing how they vary across land use and season. I also intend to empirically determine the impacts of the microbiome on the vectorial capacity and life history traits of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. My overall goal is to utilize a line of questioning that spans multiple scales of ecology to better understand abiotic and biotic drivers of vector-borne disease transmission.

Research Staff:

  Sarita Charap (Research technician)

                                                                          Official Title: The Mosquito Whisperer

                                                                          6138 Comstock Hall

                                                                          Department of Entomology

                                                                          Cornell University

                                                                          Ithaca, NY 14853





  Research Scientists and Post-doctoral Researchers

  • Ashutosh Pathak (Fall 2015 - Fall 2019)

  • Christine Reitmayer (Fall 2016 - Summer 2018)


  Graduate Students

  • Blanka Tesla (Fall 2015 - Winter 2019)

  • Michelle Evans (Fall 2015 - Fall 2020)

  • Kerri Miazgowicz (Fall 2015 - Winter 2020)


  Undergraduate Researchers

  • Lilith South (Spring 2018, REU student 2018, Aug 2018 - Spring 2019)

  • Sydney Habegger (Summer 2018 - Spring 2019)

  • Alyssa Slicko (REU student, 2018)

  • Carl Hintz (REU student, 2017)

  • Lindsey Jones (REU student, 2017)

  • Emily Cook (Georgia Veterinay Scholar, 2017)

  • Justine Shiau (Fall 2016 - July 2018)

  • Jack Owen (Spring 2016 - Spring 2017)

  • Diana Diaz (Summer 2016 - Fall 2016)

  • Kavya Balaji (Fall 2016 - Spring 2018)

  • Nicole Solano (REU student, 2016)

  • Temitayo Andanlawo (REU student, 2016)

  • Taylor McClanahan (REU student, 2015)