Plant/Wildlife (UT)

2020 Summer

Kirsten Wilson

Internship Description

Industry: Consumer Services

Company: Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Semester: 2020 Summer

Paid/unpaid: Unknown

Summary: During my internship with the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District, I had the opportunity to contribute to disease surveillance and mosquito population suppression. As part of the team, I conducted fieldwork, setting up mosquito traps and collecting samples in rural areas. In the lab, I sorted and identified mosquito species and used quantitative PCR to test for viruses like West Nile, St. Louis encephalitis, and western Equine encephalitis. Additionally, I conducted pesticide resistance assays to determine effective treatments.

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