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Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory

Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory

Dr. Eva Buckner

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Eva Buckner

Assistant Professor

Medical Entomology Extension Specialist
eva.buckner@ufl.edu

I am the Medical Entomology Extension Specialist at FMEL. I remain in close contact with over 65 mosquito control districts in Florida and assistant them with their needs. I provide training and information on topics such as mosquito identification, mosquito-borne diseases, integrated mosquito management, mosquito control product efficacy, and pesticide resistance testing. I inform UF/IFAS Extension faculty and staff, the UF community, and the general public on topics related to medical entomology. I also provide supporting materials to UF/IFAS Extension faculty and staff as well as the general public.

My interest in medical entomology began with my master’s thesis research co-advised by Alan Covich and Stephen Golladay on the adult mosquito community composition, arbovirus prevalence, and host-feeding patterns at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway in Southwest Georgia. My Ph.D. dissertation research, which was conducted at FMEL and co-advised by Philip Lounibos and Barry Alto, investigated the ability of Florida Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus female mosquitoes infected with dengue-1 virus (DENV-1) to vertically transmit DENV-1 to their eggs as well as the effects of larval environmental conditions on DENV-1 vertical transmission rates. During my postdoctoral position at Illinois Natural History Survey’s Medical Entomology Laboratory at the University of Illinois, I researched superinfection interference between DENV serotypes within Ae. aegypti mosquitoes.

After my time in Illinois, I began conducting applied mosquito research as the Senior Research Biologist at Manatee County Mosquito Control District in Palmetto, FL. There, I gained three years of experience in operational mosquito control. Currently, I primarily conduct applied mosquito research. I am interested in studying the susceptibility of Florida populations of Aedes aegypti, Ae. albopictus, Culex nigripalpus, Cx. quinquefasciatus, mosquito vectors of arboviruses affecting human health, to active multiple ingredients in pesticides as well as formulated pesticide products. I am also interested in the non-lethal effects of pesticide exposure on mosquito life-history traits such as survivorship, propensity to blood-feed, and fecundity, which can all affect vectorial capacity. Additionally, I am interested in novel mosquito control techniques such as pyriproxyfen autodissemination by adult mosquitoes as a method of larvaciding for container-inhabiting mosquitoes.

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Eva Buckner

Assistant Professor

Medical Entomology Extension Specialist
eva.buckner@ufl.edu

  • Ph.D., Entomology, University of Florida, 2014
  • MS., Ecology, University of Georgia, 2009
  • B.S., Biology, Armstrong State University (now Georgia Southern University), 2006
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Eva Buckner

Assistant Professor

Medical Entomology Extension Specialist
eva.buckner@ufl.edu

Representative Publications (since 2008)

  • Estep A, Sanscrainte ND, Waits CM, Bernard SJ, Lloyd AM, Lucas KJ, Buckner EA, Vaidyanathan R, Morreale R, Conti LA, Becnel JJ. Quantification of permethrin resistance and kdr alleles in Florida strains of Aedes aegypti (L.) and Aedes albopictus (Skuse). Submitted to PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
  • Buckner EA, Williams KF, Marsicano AL, Latham MD, Lesser CD. 2017. Evaluating the vector control potential of the In2Care® Mosquito Trap against Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus under semi-field conditions in Manatee County, Florida. Journal of American Mosquito Control Association 33: 193-199.
  • Muturi EJ, Buckner EA, Bara J. 2017. Superinfection interference between dengue‐2 and dengue‐4 viruses in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Tropical Medicine & International Health 22:  399–406.
  • Buckner EA, Latham MD, Lesser CR, Marsicano, AL, Williams KF. 2016. An evaluation of 6 ground ULV adulticides against local populations of Aedes taeniorhynchus and Ae. aegypti in Manatee County, FL. Wing Beats: Volume 27, Summer 2016.
  • Buckner EA, Alto BW, Lounibos LP. 2016. Larval temperature-food effects on adult mosquito infection and vertical transmission of dengue-1 virus. Journal of Medical Entomology 53: 91-98.
  • Buckner EA, Lounibos LP, Alto BW. 2013. Vertical transmission of Key West dengue-1 virus by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) mosquitoes from Florida. Journal of Medical Entomology 50: 1291-1297.
  • Buckner EA, Showman A, Connelly CR. 2012. Black-tailed mosquito Culiseta melanura (Coquillett) (Insecta: Diptera: Culicidae). EENY-536. University of Florida/IFAS. Electronic Data Information Source of UF/IFAS Extension. http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/aquatic/Culiseta_melanura.htm
  • Buckner EA, Blackmore MS, Golladay SW, Covich AP. 2011. Weather and landscape factors associated with adult mosquito abundance in southwestern Georgia, U.S.A. Journal of Vector Ecology 36: 269-278.
  • Kirkman LK, Whitehead EA, Golladay SW, Smith LL, Opsahl S. 2011. A research framework for identifying potential linkages between isolated wetlands and disease ecology. Ecological Research 26: 875-883.
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Barry Alto

Associate Professor

Mosquito Ecology - Disdease Transmission
bwalto@ufl.edu
Appointments, Awards, and Professional Service:
  • 2016-present, Editorial Board, Entomological Society of America (Environmental Entomology).
  • 2015-present, Board of Directors (Member-at-Large), Florida Mosquito Control Association.
  • 2014, Richard Jones Outstanding New Faculty Research Award, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida.
  • 2011-2014, Editorial Board (served as chair in 2014), Entomological Society of America (Journal of Medical Entomology).
  • 2011-2014, Faculty Assembly representative, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida.
  • 2014-present, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Faculty Research Advisory Group, University of Florida.