Couret Lab

Predators

Mosquitoes

Our mosquito research centers on species that transmit human pathogens. We explore the impact of ecological interactions including predation, competition, and commensalism on larval development and survival, fitness measures including mating success and fecundity, and consequences for vectorial capacity. While this work centers on fundamental evolutionary and ecological questions, there are many applied projects in the development of methods in biocontrol of mosquito vectors.

Intraspecific competition

Interspecific competition

Fitness effects

Effect of temperature

Mosquitoes are present all around the world, with dozens of species acting as vectors of human pathogens. They adapt to very different habitats and within populations show tremendous developmental plasticity in response to environmental change.

Developmental traits vary not only with environmental conditions, but also ecological factors such as intraspecific or inter-specific competition, interactions with plants, predators, and even plant-predators.

Currently, we are exploring plant-insect interactions in mosquitoes and the consequences for their vectorial capacity. Larval research centers on the direct and indirect impacts of a plant predator called the common bladderwort (U. vulgaris).