Tiger-Tracker Project

by Movement Ecology Lab@CEAB

Analyzing human commuting patterns to learn about the spread of the Tiger Mosquito

We are studying tiger mosquitoes in Catalonia and we are interested in the extent to which this insect spreads by "hitching" rides in people's cars and other vehicles. We already have detailed data on tiger mosquito abundance and we are now trying to better understand commuting behavior and other routine patterns of human movement that may help to explain the tiger mosquito distribution we are observing. That is why we hope you will be willing to share your data with us.

The tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is native to Southeast Asia, but it began rapidly spreading worldwide in the 1970s with the rise in global transportation and trade networks. It was first sighted in northern Spain in 2004. These mosquitoes are not able to fly very far on their own, but they are often transported in aircraft, boats, and trucks (especially in shipments of used tires, which fill up with water to create ideal sites for mosquito eggs and larvae). Tiger mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters that attack humans, livestock, and other animals. They are of particular concern from a health perspective because they can transmit dangerous diseases, including Dengue, Yellow Fever, and the West Nile virus.

If you have any questions about this project or our other work, please feel free to contact us at http://www.ceab.csic.es/~fbartu

We will use your movement information to improve models that we are developing from a large dataset of tiger mosquito egg abundance collected by the Mosquito Control Service in Girona Province. We will use the results to help this Service and similar agencies around the world refine their tiger mosquito control strategies.

We will store your data on an encrypted hard drive in the secure building that houses the Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC), and we will not share the data with anyone outside of our lab, except in an aggregated, anonymized form.

We greatly appreciate any data you are willing to share, and we will post working papers and publications that result from this research on our website.