Fighting new viruses: should we make some mosquitoes extinct? (Nov. 23)
Chris Cloutier will tackle the controversial issue of mosquito eradication November 23 at 7:00 PM during a Food for thought talk at Macdonald Campus.
Chris Cloutier, Dept. of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University
“The subject of mosquito eradication is rarely met with much resistance especially when we consider the economic and medical impact these insects have on our society. When it comes down to it, the ability to eradicate certain mosquito species is not limited by the intent to do so but more by the ability to do so.”—Chris Cloutier
Chris Cloutier he has worked for several years as the interpretive biologist at the Morgan Arboretum. Now in the second year of his Master’s degree, Chris is able to pursue his research interests in Entomology, more particularly in insect ecology. He has spent the last two summers collecting nearly 200,000 mosquitoes in an attempt to describe how different habitats found in and around the West Island of Montreal shape the communities of mosquitoes found there. Chris has had to become a resident expert in all things mosquito related as of late—with Zika virus and the Rio Olympics, the media has been in a frenzy about mosquitoes and what can be done to control them
christopher.cloutier [at] mcgill.ca (French, English)