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.





Pawar S, Huxley PJ, Smallwood TRC, et al., 2024, Variation in temperature of peak trait performance constrains adaptation of arthropod populations to climatic warming., Nat Ecol Evol, Vol:8, Pages:500-510

Wyer C, Brian H, Cator L, 2023, Release from sexual selection leads to rapid genome-wide evolution in Aedes aegypti, Current Biology, Vol:33, ISSN:0960-9822, Pages:1351-1357.e5

Qureshi A, Keen E, Brown G, et al., 2023, The size of larval rearing container modulates the effects of diet amount and larval density on larval development in Aedes aegypti, Plos One, Vol:18, ISSN:1932-6203, Pages:1-18

Gregory N, Ewers RM, Chung AYC, et al., 2022, Oil palm expansion increases the vectorial capacity of dengue vectors in Malaysian Borneo, Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol:16, ISSN:1935-2727

Russell M, Cator L, 2022, No impact of biocontrol agent’s predation cues on development time or size of surviving Aedes al-bopictus under optimal nutritional availability, Insects, Vol:13, ISSN:2075-4450

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