Construction Sites Are Driving the Population Dynamics of Vector Mosquitoes

Authors: Andre Wilke*, Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Imelda Moise, Department of Geography, University of Miami, Chalmers Vasquez, Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control Division, Johana Medina, Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control Division, Paul Mauriello, Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management, John Beier , Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
Topics: Environmental Science, Anthropocene, Global Change
Keywords: Vector mosquitoes, Zika, Urbanization
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Bonaparte, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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Human movement from rural areas to the cities has been intensified more and more over the past decades, culminating in a level on which never in the history of mankind so many people live in cities as they are today. As consequence cities are growing to accommodate its new residents, urbanizing adjacent peri-urban areas, expanding urban verticalization, and increasing the density of the human population. The role of construction sites in producing vector mosquitoes is unknown. Therefore, our goal is to analyze the impact of construction sites on the biodiversity of mosquitoes in Miami-Dade County. Collections of mosquitoes were performed weekly from August 2016 to July 2017 using two BG-Sentinel traps with dry ice, placed on the borders of the Miami Beach Convention Center construction site, located in Miami, Florida. Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus accounted for 99% of all mosquitoes collected, both yielding 0.96 in the Simpson (1-D) index, and 3.97 and 4.02, respectively, in the Shannon (H) index. These findings strongly support the hypothesis that construction sites are promoting a biotic homogenization of species, favoring those species capable of thriving in anthropogenic environments, often with epidemiologic relevance.

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