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The Delicate Balance Between Aerial Mosquito Control Applications and a Healthy Environment

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Michael Shirley, PhD |  Keira J. Lucas, PhD
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Highlighted in this presentation will be research and monitoring conducted within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and its watershed in Naples, Florida during a decade spanning 1990 until 2000. The work, conducted in collaboration with EPA, Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida Mosquito Control Districts and Florida A&M University demonstrated the benefits of ultra-low-volume (ULV) spray applications using high pressure over flat fan nozzles, the conventional technology of the early 1990’s. This collaborative work showed that ULV applications could reduce non-target impacts, improved efficacy at a reduced cost versus flat fan during aerial pesticide applications.

Outline of Talk:

  1. The setting, location and mosquito control challenge (Southwest Florida)
  2. Study One: Mangrove Restoration Site Monitoring
    1. Unexplained Fiddler Crab Mortality
    2. Control Verses Treatment Site
      1. Fiddler Crab Mortality
      2. Chemistry
  3. Study Two: Nozzle Technology and Pesticide
    1. Fiddler Crab Mortality
    2. Pesticide Deposition
  4. Conclusion: Significance of Ongoing Collaborative Research


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Michael Shirley, PhD Related Seminars and Products

Deputy Director for the Florida Department of Environmental Management (FDEP) Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection and Administrator of the Florida Coastal Zone Management Program.

Mike has over 30 years of experience in the field of applied coastal habitat management. From 2007 to 2021, Mike held the position of Director at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) in St. Augustine Florida. Mike has also held positions at Save the Bay Inc. (Rhode Island), the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Edgewater, Maryland), EPA’s Gulf Ecology Division Laboratory (Pensacola, Florida), and the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (Naples, Florida). He has a PhD in marine science with a minor in environmental toxicology from North Carolina State University, a Master of Science in biology from the University of West Florida, and a Bachelor of Science in zoology from the University of Rhode Island.

Keira J. Lucas, PhD Related Seminars and Products

Collier Mosquito Control District

Deputy Executive Director

Keira Lucas is the Deputy Executive Director for Collier Mosquito Control District. She earned her B.S. in Biology at California State University, Fresno, and her Ph.D. in Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics at University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation research focused on the molecular and hormonal regulators of mosquito reproduction. Keira joined the Collier Mosquito Control District in 2017. As Deputy Executive Director, Keira manages the Operations, Research and Technical Development Departments and works to facilitate collaboration between departments to enhance the Districts’ evolving Integrated Mosquito Management program. She is currently an Assistant Editor for the Journal of the Florida Mosquito Control Association, Subject Editor for the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, a member of the AMCA’s Science and Technology Committee, and Chair for the AMCA’s Science and Technology - Sterile Insect Technique Subcommittee.