Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory

University of Florida / IFAS

Advanced Mosquito Identification

and Certification Course

March 6 - 17, 2017

Registration for the 2018 course is now CLOSED. To be placed on a Waiting List for the 2018 course, contact Dr. Nathan Burkett-Cadena at 772-778-7200 or nburkettcadena@ufl.edu.

Click here for class photos from 2001 through 2014.

This 2-week course will provide intensive training to experienced mosquito identifiers. The objective of the course is to improve the student's ability to identify mosquito species. This will enable students to complete a comprehensive practical laboratory and written examination at the conclusion of the course. Upon successful completion of the examination, students will be provided with an FMEL/UF/IFAS Certification as a Certified Mosquito Identification Specialist. Attending the course does not guarantee certification. The course will be offered at the Florida Medical Entomology Lab in Vero Beach, FL.

Students must have knowledge of mosquito morphology and be familiar with stereo and compound microscopes and insect identification keys.


            Monday Friday  8:00 5:00 p.m.

Students typically stay after class, or come back to the classroom after dinner to study in the evenings.

 Course fee


Tuition must be paid in full by January 15th, 2017 to guarantee a seat in the course.

We cannot accept credit cards at this time. 

Please make checks or money orders payable to University of Florida-FMEL and send to the attention of Dr. Roxanne Connelly, 200 9th Street SE, Vero Beach, FL  32962. We CANNOT accept out-of-country checks.


Hotels: Click here for a list of local hotels

FMEL Bunkhouse: The FMEL has a Bunkhouse that sleeps 12, 2 to a room, females and males in separate rooms; $15.00 per night. Do not wait until the last minute to make reservations, first come, first served. Residents must bring towels, sheet, pillow, blanket. Limited cooking facilities. CONTACT DEBRA WAGNER FOR RESERVATIONS at 772-778-7200 X.125 or dewagner@ufl.edu. Do not contact Dr. Connelly for reservations. Click here for more details on the Bunkhouse.

  Cancellation policy

We regret that we have had to create and enforce a cancellation policy.  Please understand that we have a waiting list every year, and cancellations that occur at the last minute do not leave time for replacements.  Additionally, we purchase the text books and supplies based on reservations for the course, and therefore the amount of refund for cancellations decreases according to the schedule below:      

Cancellations must be made by email to Dr. Connelly; crr@ufl.edu  Amount of refund will be based on the date the written cancellation is received and will be issued as follows:

            Cancel on or before January 31st, 2017               100% ($500.00)

            Cancel February 1st - 20th, 2017                             75% ($375.00)

            Cancel after February 20th, 2017                        No refund


Students are encouraged to bring stereo and compound microscopes. Microscopes will be provided for students who do not bring their own equipment. Textbooks are included in the course fees and will be provided to each student. 


Morning and mid-afternoon refreshments, and an end-of-course dinner are included in the tuition.

To apply for the course:

Applicants are required to include a resume to list previous courses/training in identifying mosquitoes and current job responsibilities related to identifying mosquitoes.

Registration for the 2018 course is now CLOSED. To be placed on a Waiting List for the 2018 course, contact Dr. Nathan Burkett-Cadena at 772-778-7200 or nburkettcadena@ufl.edu.