Roxanne Connelly Rises to AMCA Presidency

Dr. Roxanne Connelly received the gavel for the presidency of the American Mosquito Control Association at the business meeting on Feb. 27th, during the organization’s 79th annual meeting at Atlantic City New Jersey.

The American Mosquito Control Association, an international organization founded in 1935, is a scientific/educational, not-for-profit public service association. It is world-wide in scope, with members or subscribers to its publications in over 50 countries, although the majority of its members are in the United States. The mission of the AMCA is to provide leadership, information, and education leading to the enhancement of health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquitoes and other vector-transmitted diseases, and the reduction of annoyance levels caused by mosquitoes and other vectors and pests of public health importance.

A native of Birmingham AL., Dr. Connelly received her Master’s degree and her PhD in Medical Entomology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge LA.  She was hired by the University of Florida in 1999 as Extension Medical Entomologist and has worked at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory
(FMEL) in Vero Beach for over 13 years. 

Dr. Connelly works with mosquito control and Public Health programs in Florida, around the US, and in several countries around the world. Her duties include communications with media, assisting in developing best management practices for mosquito control, and other programs involved in protecting the Public Health. Since starting at FMEL in 1999, she has instructed hundreds of mosquito control professionals from around the world in a two week advanced mosquito identification course held at the FMEL Campus in Vero Beach. 

Dr. Connelly has mentored several MS and PhD  students in obtaining their advanced degrees and has authored many peer-reviewed publications on the subject of insects of medical importance to humans.  Dr. Connelly lives with her husband and their three dogs in Vero Beach FL.