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Dr. Connelly is Associate Professor and Extension State Specialist of Medical Entomology at the University of Florida. She specializes in mosquito-borne diseases in the U.S., mosquito control, and mosquito biology. She works with mosquito control agencies, county health departments, and county extension offices statewide and provides training in mosquito identification and on other topics in medical entomology. She is the editor of BuzzWords, the bimonthly newsletter of the Florida Mosquito Control Association; and Managing Editor of the Florida Mosquito Control Handbook. She develops educational materials for Florida County Cooperative Extension Service offices and Florida Mosquito Control Districts including fact sheets, technical bulletins, and journal articles.Encephalitis Information System (EIS).
Dr. Connelly seeks to improve predictions of arboviral outbreaks in Florida using arbovirus surveillance to determine human risk, develop an understanding of West Nile Virus transmission, and provide improved tools for surveillance to mosquito control and health departments. Surveillance is essential for early warning of risk and for focusing mosquito control to high risk areas before human cases appear.
Another major area of research includes improving mosquito control operations to provide effective, efficient and environmentally proper mosquito control. Research will provide information that will directly improve mosquito control operations to reduce mosquito pests, vectors of disease, and therefore reduce the risk of disease in humans