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1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2263

Email: esm@uwyo.edu

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Alexandre Latchininsky

Ecosystem Science and Management

Research Project: Stable Isotope

The recently introduced, mosquito-borne disease known as West Nile Virus fever has stimulated lots of research in applied mosquito ecology. This encourages novel approaches, such as the application of stable isotope technology, to mosquito monitoring and management. Headquartered in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, the UW Stable Isotope Facility (SIF) houses a high-tech research instrument, an isotope ratio mass spectrometer (IRMS), that may be very useful in helping control our age-old enemy, the mosquito. Mosquitoes can't write, but elements in their bodies form a one-of-a-kind signature that reveals their original habitat. Stable isotopes are forms of common elements, such as carbon and nitrogen, which differ in atomic masses, are not radioactive, and make up very small percentages of the commonly occurring elements. Master in Entomology candidate Travis Gilchriest conducted a field research project and successfully defended his thesis in 2008 on the subject: "In situ marking of Culex tarsalis larvae (Diptera: Culicidae) with 15N: A novel technique in mosquito mark-capture studies." To learn more about using stable isotopes in mosquito ecology, check out the article in 2008 Reflections magazine.

Investigators:
Alexandre V. Latchininsky, Principal Investigator
Scott Schell, Assistant UW Extension Entomologist
Travis Gilchriest MS Candidate in Entomology in 2008. Currently Travis serves as Medical Entomologist in US Army.

Funding:
Various sources.


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Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2263

Email: esm@uwyo.edu

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