Spotlight: Denver Laboratory
Meet two of our mosquito experts - Kelsey Renfro and Heather Ward! Recently, the duo completed a road trip to Texas and Florida, where they assisted with mosquito surveillance and identification efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Kelsey graduated last December with a BS in Biology and a minor in Environmental Science. “I love being a scientist, specifically an entomologist because it is dynamic and there is still so much to learn, discover, and understand in our natural world.” Heather graduated last May with her Master’s degree in Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology. “I love mosquitoes and the science behind them because of the astonishing ways they can transmit disease, parasitic and viral particularly. It's amazing how so many pathogens use a vector to move between hosts.” When in #Denver, both ladies play an integral role in the identification responsibilities in the lab. A project this year has increased their identification skills, with the pair learning to ID about 85 species of #mosquitoes, ranging from Alaska to Puerto Rico. Kelsey and Heather both share in the excitement of finding a rarely seen species in a sample or a species they wouldn’t expect within some geographical regions.
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