I love insects, which is probably why I became a scientist, focusing on these extraordinary critters and their relationships with plants in the forest canopy. But insects also love me -- and a recent research trip to Ethiopia proved no exception.
The fight against mosquito bites can take many forms, from the myriad sartorial options available (for the fashion-challenged) to the stuff you spray or smooth on to your skin. But which are the safest?
I was recently asked the question of why Africa has one of the highest rates of malaria-related deaths. That is when I realized sometimes I take for granted the education I have received through my work in Uganda.
Malaria isn't trendy, it isn't sexy, and it isn't on the cover of every magazine this week. But, in comparison with even the most villainous vampire in the "Twilight Saga", malaria wins one contest: it's definitely scarier.