Vector Biology Boot Camp

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, NEVBD will be offering an online lecture series covering much of the content presented during the in-person Vector Biology Boot Camp. Applications are required to participate in this virtual lecture series.

The application window for the 2021 program is now closed.


The Vector Biology Boot Camp is an annual event offered by the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases and the Louis Calder Center of Fordham University, providing 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.

2021 Virtual Lecture Series Details

We are offering a virtual lecture series in lieu of our in-person programming due to continuing restrictions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic response.

This lecture series will include nine lectures held across the weeks of May 10 and May 17, 2021. Individuals who attend 8 out of the 9 lectures will receive a Certificate of Completion for this lecture series.

All lectures are scheduled for 11am - 1pm EDT on the dates listed below:

  • Monday May 10 - Arthropod Biology & Behavior / Major Regional and Emering Diseases
  • Tuesday May 11 - Mosquito and Tick Collection & Processing Methods
  • Wednesday May 12 - Data Management & Analysis, Mapping, and Advanced Spatial Statistics
  • Thursday May 13 - Taxonomy of Mosquitoes and Ticks
  • Friday May 14 - Vector Control for Mosquitoes and Ticks

  • Monday May 17 - Public Health Communication
  • Tuesday May 18 - Vector-Borne Disease Diagnostics
  • Wednesday May 19 - Pesticide Resistance Monitoring and Mosquito Colony Maintenance
  • Thursday May 20 - Monitoring for Metastriate and Ixodes ticks
  • Friday May 21 - Regional Networking Opportunity

Please note that the content of these lectures will be tailored to tick and mosquito vectors and vector-borne diseases of importance to the Northeast region of the United States.

2021 Hands-On Training Opportunity

NEVBD is tentatively planning a shortened version of our in-person training component for the 2021 Vector Biology Boot Camp, to be held during the first week of October 2021. This in-person training will cover hands-on exercises in tick and mosquito identification and field sampling techniques, all conducted at the Fordham University Louis Calder Center campus in Armonk, NY.

You can apply to attend this in-person training component by completing the 2021 Virtual Vector Biology Boot Camp application form.

Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, we anticipate a smaller than usual capacity for this in-person training. As such, we have established the following eligibility criteria for the in-person training event:

  • Participant work location in the Northeast
  • Employment with a public agency working in vector surveillance and control
  • Attendance to the 2021 Virtual Vector Biology Boot Camp Lecture Series with completion certificate

Cost of attendance to this in-person training opportunity is free. NEVBD will cover all meals during the two-day program. Attendees will be responsible for travel and lodging; financial support for travel and lodging may be available on a limited basis.

Hosting of this in-person training is contingent upon COVID-19 restrictions among state and university partners. A final determination on event availability will be made in August 2021.

How Do I Apply?

Applications for the 2021 NEVBD Virtual Vector Biology Boot Camp Lecture Series are now closed.

Materials from this year’s program may be made available on a limited basis. Please check back with us later in May for additional details.

Program Highlights

Hands-On Training:

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.


Expert Instruction:

Vector Biology Boot Camp instructors have over 500 years of cumulative experience in the fields of mosquito and tick surveillance, identification, and control.


Networking:

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.


Program Essentials:

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.

Program Impact

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.

Read the Report