Kenya is home to a pest called the tsetse fly. They can carry and transmit a disease called “sleeping sickness” through their bite. Figuring out where they live is crucial, especially for farmers who spend a lot of time outside.
But tsetse flies cannot swarm a new habitat like other insects do. When they find a suitable place to live, that population of flies is constrained to that area.
Mark Devisser is a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at Michigan State University. His research focuses on the livestock version of the disease, which impacts East Africa’s beef production.
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