SJR State Science Café lecture series continues with “The Birds, the Bees, and the Skeeters: Sex, Bugs and Disease”


St. Johns River State College science professor Karen Meyer said this semester’s new Science Café is a trendy way to get more people involved with science. “We’re continuing the series in October with entomologist Dr. Nathan Burkett-Cadena, who will discuss various aspects of mosquito and wild animal ecology, including how interactions between birds and mosquitoes shape virus transmissions,” she said.

Dr. Burkett-Cadena is an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Florida’s Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach. His research interests focus on the surveillance and ecology of vector-borne diseases including Eastern equine encephalitis virus, Everglades virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus, West Nile virus and river blindness. Dr. Burkett-Cadena has co-authored 38 scientific publications related to medically important insects and the pathogens that they transmit. He also authored the book “Mosquitoes of the Southeastern United States.”

The Science Café will be held Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. on the SJR State Orange Park campus in room D14. Participants will experience a casual evening filled with interesting topics, tasty treats and engaging conversation. The event is free and open to the public.  



Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
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