Human-Mosquito Interaction Project

Host-vector networks, mobility, and the socio-ecological context of mosquito-borne disease. A project funded by the European Research Council and implemented by Pompeu Fabra University and the Blanes Center for Advanced Studies.

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DNA Analysis

We’re analyzing DNA to see how many different people each mosquito bites.

Citizen Science

Citizen scientists are reporting where they find mosquitoes and where they get bitten.

Mobile Positioning

Volunteers are sharing GPS data to see how mobility shapes mosquito interactions.

Funded by the European Research Council

ERC-2019-STG - ERC Starting Grant
1 April 2020 - 31 March 2025
Overall budget: €1,960,828

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Implemented by
UPF and CEAB-CSIC

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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 853271). The content of this website represents the views of the author only and is his sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for the use that may be made of the information it contains.

Key Insights

The projects is built on several key insights: (1) mosquitoes are an excellent source of information about the people they bite; (2) people are an excellent source of information about the mosquitoes that bite them; (3) mobility phone positioning can provide novel insights about human-mosquito biting networks; and (4) adding a social science perspective to disease ecology is crucial for tackling the problem of mosquito-borne disease.

Mosquitoes can tell us about people

Because they carry our blood, we can see how many people a mosquito has bitten. This lets us improve disease models.

People can tell us about mosquitoes

People like to complain about mosquitos. We listen and harness their energy through citizen science.

Mobile phones can tell us about biting networks

With a privacy-focused app, we let people share information about how they move among mosquito populations.

Social science strengthens ecology

Our interdisciplinary approach illuminates the socio-ecological context of mosquito-borne disease.

Participate

You can participate in several ways some of which are in the process of being rolled out over the coming weeks and months. Choose one or more of these options.

Mosquito Alert

Start participating by downloading the Mosquito Alert app. Report mosquitoes and their breeding sites when you find them. Mark where you have been bitten. Learn about mosquitoes and more.

Talk to us

Talk to us about your experiences with mosquitoes. We will soon be recruiting volunteers for semi-structured interviews, which could be in person or by phone or video conference. Coming soon.

Show us

Let us accompany you during your usual routines to observe mosquito interactions. We will be recruiting volunteers once the Covid-19 situation allows for this to be done safely. Coming soon.

Share mosquitoes

Let us hunt mosquitoes in or around your home, garden or other places where you spend time. We will be recruiting volunteers once the Covid-19 situation allows for this to be done safely. Coming soon.

Share tracks

Share your mobility patterns using a privacy-focused app. We will soon be releasing a new version of Space Mapper, which uses end-to-end encryption and lets you control what you share.

Share DNA

Spit into a tube so that we can analyze your DNA and see which mosquitoes have bitten you. We will be recruiting volunteers once the Covid-19 situation allows for this to be done safely. Coming soon.

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 853271). The content of this website represents the views of the author only and is his sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for the use that may be made of the information it contains.

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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 853271). The content of this website represents the views of the author only and is his sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for the use that may be made of the information it contains.

Team

John Palmer
John Palmer
Lead Principal Investigator

Associate Professor (Agregat Interí), UPF

Frederic Bartumeus
Frederic Bartumeus
Principal Investigator

ICREA Research Professor, CEAB-CSIC

Marc Ventura
Marc Ventura
Principal Investigator

Scientist, CEAB-CSIC

Isis Sanpera
Isis Sanpera
Postdoc

Postdoctoral researcher, UPF

Federica Lucati
Federica Lucati
Researcher

Research Technician, UPF

Berj Dekramanjian
Berj Dekramanjian
Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. Student, UPF

Ramona Ottow
Ramona Ottow
Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. student, UPF

Contact Us

Contact Details

For questions about the project, please contact John Palmer at the Socio-Demographics Research Group, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Pompeu Fabra University.

Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34-93-542-2346
Email: john.palmer@upf.edu