University of Florida / IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory  Advanced Mosquito Identification and Certification

The Advanced Mosquito Identification and Certification Course is a two-week intensive training on the species-level identification of the mosquitoes of North America. The course is held in March each year at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (UF/IFAS) in Vero Beach, FL. Week 1 focuses on identification of adult female mosquitoes. Week 2 focuses on identification of mosquito larvae. Each week culminates in written and practical exams. Combined grades of 70% must be achieved in order to receive UF/IFAS/FMEL Certification as a Certified Mosquito Identification Specialist. Attending the course does not guarantee certification. All attendees receive certificates of attendance. This is not an introductory course. Students should have prior knowledge of mosquito morphology and be familiar with stereo and compound microscopes as well as insect identification keys.

 

Registration

Registration for the Advanced Mosquito Identification and Certification Course will occur in October of each year, on this website. No advanced registration is permitted. No waiting lists are available. Persons who wished to be notified of registration opening may contact Dr. Nathan Burkett-Cadena at  nburkettcadena@ufl.edu. Provide your name, agency, phone number and email address and your commitment to paying the course fee.

Classes

Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Many students choose to stay after class, or come back to the classroom after dinner to study in the evenings.

Course fee:  $500.00

Approved registrants must pay tuition in full by January 31st each year to guarantee their seat in the course.

We CANNOT accept credit cards. We CANNOT accept cash. We CANNOT accept out-of-country checks.

ONLY CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS ARE ACCEPTED.

 

Housing

Hotels: Click here for 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, as these are first come, first served. Residents must bring towels and pillow. Sheets and blankets are provided. Hot plates are not permitted. CONTACT DEBRA WAGNER FOR BUNKHOUSE RESERVATIONS at 772-778-7200 X125 or dewagner@ufl.edu. Do not contact Dr. Burkett-Cadena for bunkhouse reservations.  Click here for more details of the bunkhouse

Cancellation policy

We enforce a registration fee cancellation policy due to our long waiting list each year. Last-minute cancellations do not leave time for filling empty seats. Additionally, we purchase the text books and supplies based on reservations for the course.

Cancellations must be made in writing, nburkettcadena@ufl.edu. The 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, 100% ($500.00)

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

Cancel after February 20th, No refund

Materials

Microscopes are provided. Students who wish to bring their own microscopes may do so, however this is not recommended. Textbooks are included in the course fees and will be provided to each student upon arrival.

Meals: Morning and mid-afternoon refreshments provided daily. An end-of-course dinner is included in the tuition.

Contact Dr. Nathan Burkett-Cadena at 772-778-7200 or nburkettcadena@ufl.edu.