Heather Ferguson

In the News

Ifakara forms winning team at Nane Nane show

(Morogoro) Ifakara Health Institute was among institutions which formed ‘the dream team’ that was picked by judges as the second best exhibitor at the Farmers’ Show for eastern zone exhibitors …

Talk by IHI scientist on TED crosses a million views mark

(Dar es Salaam) A talk on the biology of mosquitoes by IHI seasoned researcher Fredros Okumu on TED.com –- an international platform holding conferences and posting talks online –- has …

Recent Projects

Sustainable, Healthy, Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods

The Sustainable, Healthy, Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods is an exciting project in which IHI works with a consortium of partners from Asia and Africa to 1) develop capacity for improved …

Development of a new tool for malaria mosquito surveillance to improve vector control

Malaria transmission is influenced not only by vector abundance, but as well by demographic traits such as vector species and age structure, as these influence the intensity by which the …

Heather Ferguson

Visiting Scientist

I am a mosquito vector ecologist with over 12 years experience of field-based research and capacity building in collaboration with the Ifakara Health Institute.  My research spans studies of mosquito ecology and behaviour, vector-parasite interactions, population genetics, vector control and modelling of mosquito population dynamics and malaria transmission.  We are also investigating how mosquitoes adapt to control measures and environmental change, and how this could impact transmission.  As part of this work we are also interested in developing new tools to improve vector surveillance and control, and provide a better understanding of mosquito vector ecology.  This has involved collaborations with IHI to establish large semi-field systems for contained study of mosquito vector populations, and the development of new mosquito sampling tools.  I am also involved in capacity building initiatives within IHI including the sponsorship and mentoring of postdoctoral Fellows, and training of postgraduate students.  I also collaborate on mosquito vector ecology and control research in other international settings including study of zoonotic malaria in south east Asia, dengue and zika vectors in South America and India.

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Targeting residual malaria vectors in areas where bed nets are already widely used

Are malaria mosquitoes starting to actively avoid insecticide treated bed nets?

New tools for monitoring heterogeneities in vector species and behavior

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