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dc.contributor.authorWhitehead, Eva Ann
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T18:25:57Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T18:25:57Z
dc.date.issued2009-12
dc.identifier.otherwhitehead_eva_a_200912_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/whitehead_eva_a_200912_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/26193
dc.description.abstractUnderstanding the ecology of mosquitoes is important for implementing control measures and explaining mosquito-borne disease prevalence. I compared mosquito population dynamics to selected weather variables and land use/ cover in a longleaf pine dominated landscape on the Gulf Coastal Plain of Georgia. Important factors for determining mosquito presence/ absence were precipitation, temperature, humidity, and drought index. Aedes albopictus and Culex spp. mosquitoes were associated with sites that had the most anthropogenic influence, while Coquillettidia perturbans and Psorophora ferox were associated with natural land cover such as wetlands and forested land. Arbovirus testing yielded one isolation of West Nile virus and three isolations of Potosi virus. This low arbovirus prevalence is likely due to the diversity of the wildlife in the area or factors related to the bird community, which typically serves as a reservoir for arboviruses. Examination of mosquito host-feeding patterns showed the mosquitoes collected predominantly fed on white-tailed deer.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectMosquito community
dc.subjectweather
dc.subjectspatial ecology
dc.subjectland use
dc.subjectarbovirus
dc.subjecthost-feeding patterns
dc.titleAdult mosquito ecology in southwestern Georgia
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentInstitute of Ecology
dc.description.majorEcology
dc.description.advisorStephen Golladay
dc.description.advisorAlan Covich
dc.description.committeeStephen Golladay
dc.description.committeeAlan Covich
dc.description.committeeDaniel Mead
dc.description.committeeMark Blackmore


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