Brock mosquito expert part of documentary on national TV this week
Published on January 14 2013
A Brock University medical entomologist will be part of a new Canadian-made documentary about mosquitoes airing this week on the CBC’s long-running science series The Nature of Things with David Suzuki.
The episode, ZAPPED: The Buzz About Mosquitoes, featuring Fiona Hunter, professor of biological sciences, will air this Thursday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m.
The show, which has been more than two years in the making, will provide an up-close look at the increasing power these tiny insects have to survive, adapt and unwittingly spread disease around the world in the process.
“The focus of the program is that there are hundreds of mosquito species out there and not all of them carry diseases, some of them are just pests,” says Hunter. “But some of them we definitely need to watch out for.”
During the summer of 2011, Hunter took part in filming for the project in her old lab in the Mackenzie Chown Complex, at her farm, and at Entomogen, a St. Catharines-based environmental consulting and scientific research firm established in 1999 by Hunter and Mike Bidochka, also a professor of biological sciences at Brock.
This past summer, the film crew came back to town to get a few last-minute shots of Hunter in action in order to finish off the project.