Graduate Education in Entomology at Cornell

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Grad Student Spotlight

Leticia Smith

Research Interests: I am interested in how disease-vector arthropods adapt to insecticidal and environmental stresses and how this may affect the ways in which we manage and control them. Insecticides are still the most common and often only means to control some of the most dangerous disease vectors such as the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. My research in the Scott Lab focuses on the fitness effects of insecticide resistance in A. aegypti.  Insecticide resistance in medically important organisms is of worldwide concern, especially to the regions most troubled by vector borne diseases. My goal is to help find effective management strategies to reduce disease risk while minimizing impact to the environment.

Grad Student Spotlight

Ethan Degner

Ethan Degner

Research Interests: I hope to improve the human condition by studying medical entomology. I would like to study mosquito ecology and reproduction. I hope to develop novel methods with which mosquito populations may be controlled in order to curb the transmission of diseases, such as dengue and malaria.