Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Senior Lecturer



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2.6MunroSilwood Park





Mosquito transmitted pathogens have an enormous impact on human health. A substantial amount of funding and resources are being spent to control the transmission of diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. In many ways this investment is paying off. Innovative and exciting new strategies and technologies have been developed to help combat these plagues.

The next challenge we face is implementing these new tools effectively and sustainably to start to make a real impact on disease transmission. One of the key challenges to implementation of many of these new strategies is that we don't actually know very much about what mosquitoes actually do in the real world.

My research aims to improve understanding of mosquito behavior and how behavior mediates interactions with other organisms, the parasites that they transmit, and the dynamic world that they live in. Current areas of research fall under two broad categories: the feeding behaviors of infected mosquitoes and mosquito mating behavior in aerial swarms.





League G, Pitch S, Geyer J, et al., 2021, Sexual selection theory meets disease vector control: Testing harmonic convergence as a “good genes” signal in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, ISSN:1935-2727

Russell M, Qureshi A, Wilson C, et al., 2021, Size, not temperature, drives cyclopoid copepod predation of invasive mosquito larvae, Plos One, Vol:16, ISSN:1932-6203

Cator L, Wyer C, Harrington L, 2020, The importance of sexual selection in mosquito mating systems and disease control, Trends in Parasitology, ISSN:0169-4758

Andrés M, Su M, Albert J, et al., 2020, Buzzkill: targeting the mosquito auditory system, Current Opinion in Insect Science, Vol:40, ISSN:2214-5745, Pages:11-17

Cator L, Johnson LR, Mordecai EA, et al., 2020, The role of vector trait variation in vector-borne disease dynamics, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Vol:8, ISSN:2296-701X

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