The Vector Biology Boot Camp is offered by the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases to provide hands-on learning opportunities in vector surveillance program operations.
The program is designed for vector-borne disease professionals working in the Northeast, covering tick and mosquito species of medical importance to this region. Ideal program applicants include professionals whose job duties specifically involve vector surveillance and/or control.
Current Program Offerings (2023)
We are happy to announce that the in-person Vector Biology Boot Camp is back! We will be hosting this 3-day hands-on training event in partnership with the Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension in May 2023.
- When: Tuesday May 16 to Thursday May 18, 2023
- Where: Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, 215 Innovation Blvd., State College, PA 16803
- Cost: Attendance to this event is no-cost. Participant housing and meals are included. Attendees are responsible for travel to and from the training site.
- Agenda: The final agenda for the 2023 Vector Biology Boot Camp will be available shortly. You can access a general overview of the modules included in this training event here.
How to Apply
The application window for the 2023 Vector Biology Boot Camp is now closed.
Attendees gain hands-on experience in the latest methods for field collection and identification of medically important ticks and mosquitoes in the Northeast region of the US.
Vector Biology Boot Camp instructors have over 500 years of cumulative experience in the fields of mosquito and tick surveillance, identification, and control.
Attendees have multiple opportunities to engage with colleagues and counterparts from across the region, as well as interact with our team of vector-borne disease expert instructors.
The Vector Biology Boot Camp curriculum covers the essentials of maintaining a vector surveillance program, including methods for data collection, equipment considerations, and best practices for communicating with the media and the public.
The Vector Biology Boot Camp Workplace Impact Assessment was published in summer of 2020. This brief report provides a summary of how program attendance has influenced workplace operations for attendees to the 2018 and 2019 Vector Biology Boot Camps.
Online Lecture Series Recordings
You can access recorded presentations from the 2021 Virtual Vector Biology Boot Camp available through the Cornell Video on Demand service. Simply complete the user registration form below to gain access to these recordings.
The 2021 Virtual Vector Biology Boot Camp covered the following topics:
- Arthropod Biology & Behavior / Major Regional and Emering Diseases
- Mosquito and Tick Collection & Processing Methods
- Data Management & Analysis, Mapping, and Advanced Spatial Statistics
- Taxonomy of Mosquitoes and Ticks
- Vector Control for Mosquitoes and Ticks
- Public Health Communication
- Vector-Borne Disease Diagnostics
- Pesticide Resistance Monitoring and Mosquito Colony Maintenance
- Monitoring for Metastriate and Ixodes ticks
- Regional Networking Opportunity
Meet Our Instructors
Bristol County (MA) Mosquito Control Project
- Priscilla Matton - Superintendant, Entomologist (2019, 2020, 2021)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases
- Roxanne Connelly - Chief Entomologist, Arboviral Diseases Branch (2023)
- Erik Foster - Medical Entomologist, Bacterial Diseases Branch (2021)
- William Nicholson - Microbiologist, Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch (2021)
- Anna Perea - Policy & Communications Lead, Bacterial Diseases Branch (2018, 2020)
- Maria Diuk-Wasser - Associate Professor of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
- Maria del Pilar Fernández - Postdoctoral Associate (current: Assistant Professor, Washington State University) (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
- Ángel Muñoz - Associate Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society (2018, 2019)
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
- Theodore Andreadis - Director (retired) (2018, 2019)
- Philip Armstrong - Agricultural Scientist (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
- John Shepard - Assistant Agricultural Scientist (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
- Kirby Stafford - Chief Scientist/State Entomologist (retired) (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
- Lindsay Baxter - Research Support Specialist, Department of Entomology (2023)
- James Burtis - Postdoctoral Associate (current: Biologist, CDC-DVBD Bacterial Diseases Branch) (2019, 2020, 2021)
- Amelia Greiner Safi - Professor of Practice, Public & Ecosystem Health (2021, 2023)
- Laura Harrington - Professor of Entomology (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023)
- Emily Mader - Extension Associate, Department of Entomology (2018, 2023)
- Sarah Michaels - Lecturer, Department of Entomolgy (current: Clinical Assistant Professor, Tulane University) (2019)
Louis Calder Center, Fordham University
- Thomas J. Daniels - Director (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
New Jersey State Mosquito Control Commission
- Scott Crans - Commission Administrator (2018)
New York State Department of Health
- Bryon Backenson - Director, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control (2018, 2019)
- Alexander Ciota - Director, Wadsworth Center Arbovirus Laboratory (2020, 2021)
- Richard Falco - Regional Medical Entomologist (2018, 2019)
- Alexander ‘Sasha’ Keyel - Research Scientist (2021)
- Nicholas Piedmonte - Assistant Research Scientist (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
- Melissa Prusinski - Research Scientist (2020, 2021)
- Dennis White - Associate Director, Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (retired) (2018, 2019)
- Jennifer White - Deputy Director, Vector-Borne Disease Unit (2018, 2019)
- Steven Zink - Surveillance, Wadsworth Center Arbovirus Laboratory (2018)
Pennsylvania State Department of Environmental Protection
- Christian Boyer - Manager, Tick Surveillance & Testing Program (2023)
- Keith Price - Microbiologist, Vector Management (2023)
Pennsylvania State University
- Jessica Brown - Graduate Student, Department of Entomology (2023)
- Jesse Evans - Graduate Student, Department of Entomology (2023)
- Erika Machtinger - Assistant Professor of Entomology (2023)
- Jamie Kopco - Pesticide Education Specialist (2023)
- Michael Skvarla - Assistant Research Professor of Arthropod Identification (2023)
- Emily Struckhoff - Vector-Borne Disease Program Specialist (2023)
- Maria Luisa Tejada de Rivero - Extension Educator, Food Families & Health (2023)
Suffolk County (NY) Department of Health Services
- Scott Campbell - Chief, Arthropod-Borne Disease Laboratory (2018, 2019)
"The Vector Biology Boot Camp gave me a phenomenal broad overview paired with resources to bring back to my program, which will absolutely benefit our programs! Thank you so much!"
"An incredibly helpful program for those new to vector control, or well-experienced. The resources provided and the networking opportunities made me feel supported in my job."
"This course is packed with information that is essential to starting or improving your vector surveillance program. The resources you are given and the connections you make with other professionals you cannot get anywhere else."