Finding new ways for conservation

Through innovative ideas and hollistic approaches we are working towards a model in which conservation becomes an integrated part of mosquito borne disease control.

Cat Drop Foundation

Cat Drop is a growing non-profit research institute that develops new ideas and strategies towards conservation by linking ecological science with problems human kind is facing every day. By creating bridges between conservation and issues that affect our day to day lives we aim to increase support and prioritization for the preservation of the natural world we live in.

Current project

Mosquito borne diseases are a serious problem in many regions of the world. Using a hollistic environmental system view point towards mosquito ecology, helps us to find new ways to approach mosquito control that simultaniously protect our natural resources.

Conservation

Our natural resources are valuable, but conservation is often considered low priority. By integrating conservation into the management of high priority problems, such as mosquito borne diseases, conservation can become important again.

Urbanization and deforestation are strongly related to mosquito borne disease such as dengue fever and malaria. Landscapes have an enormous effect on the abundance and prevalence of mosquitoes and their predators. To better understand the linkage between mosquito borne disease and urbanization and deforestation it is important to understand the effect om the ecological systems in which mosquitoes and predators are embedded.

Mosquito larvae prevail when aquatic predators are absent. To better understand the effects of different predators on mosquito larvae abundance we studied feeding rates and other characteristics that may influence predation.