About

I perform research, funded by Verily Life Sciences (an Alphabet company and Google affiliate) developing a male Aedes mosquito sentinel surveillance trap. This tool is being field trialled throughout locations such as: Cairns, Torres Strait, Pupua New Guinea, Mexico and Belize.

Additionally, I enjoy investigating the environmental influences on Aedes aegypti catches in mosquito traps, to better understand how such traps should be deployed throughout urban environments. I'm also passionate about male Aedes ecology and deploy a vairety of traps, including those with sounds lures, to contribute to this knowledge gap. 

I am also currently engaged to collaborate in monitoring the potential transmission of Kunjin virus by mosquitoes and determining the prospective efficacy of Attractive Targeted Sugar Baits as a regional Aedes mosquito control method. 

 

 

 

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Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 21+ research outputs authored by Dr Kyran Staunton from 2011 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Seed Grants

Protecting north Queensland from Aedes albopictus, an exotic dengue vector, with Attractive Targeted Sugar Baits (ATSB)

Indicative Funding
$50,000 over 2 years
Summary
Aedes albopictus, a documented vector of dengue, Zika and chikungunya, is one of the fastest spreading invasive species worldwide, and was first detected in the Torres Strait in 2005. This pilot project will lay the foundation required to assess the feasibility of Attractive Targeted Sugar Baits (ATSB) to control Aedes albopictus. The overall objective is to determine the frequency that mosquitos? sugar feed, a parameter critical to the success of ATSBs. This pilot data will be leveraged for funding to trial the use of ATSBs to stop Ae. albopictus from reaching the mainland.
Investigators
Tanya Russell, Tom Burkot, Kyran Staunton, Scott Ritchie and Thomas Swan in collaboration with Mutizwa Muzari (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Aedes Albopictus; Attractive Toxic Sugar Bait; Torres Strait; Dengue

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - Pacific Infectious Disease Prevention (PIDP) Program

Building Capacity for Evidence Based Sustainable Vector Surveillance and Control in the Pacific

Indicative Funding
$5,124,884 over 2 years
Summary
This proposal will build the capacity of country-led programs for Aedes and anopheline borne disease control across Pacific Island countries to implement sustainable best practice surveillance and response plans based on a foundation of improved capacity and community engagement
Investigators
Tom Burkot, Tanya Russell, Stephan Karl, Kyran Staunton, Tessa Knox, Rabindra Abeyasinghe, Angela Merianos, Gregor Devine, Michael Nunan, Gerard Kelly, Lisa Natoli, Veronica Bell, Moses LAMAN, Adam Craig, Nigel Beebe and Leanne Robinson (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, World Health Organisation (Switzerland), Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Beyond Essential Systems, Red Cross Australia, Institute of Medical Research (PNG), The University of New South Wales, The University of Queensland and Burnet Insitute)
Keywords
Dengue; Aedes; Capacity Building; Ministry of Health; Pacific region; Anopheles

Verily Life Sciences - Contract Research

Verily Life Sciences LLC

Indicative Funding
$156,891 over 2 years
Summary
Design and validate traps and associated sensor packages (if available) that are low cost and sensitive enough to capture Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes that they can be deployed for both Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) release surveillance during suppression and elimination operations, and also for sentinel surveillance after elimination.
Investigators
Tom Burkot and Kyran Staunton in collaboration with Michael Townsend (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Dengue; Mosquito Trap; Aedes aegypti (Culcidae); Aedes Albopictus

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Stopping the Asian Tiger Mosquito from reaching mainland Australia with sugar baits

Indicative Funding
$5,000
Summary
Aedes albopictus, a documented vector of dengue, Zika and chikungunya, is one of the fastest spreading invasive species worldwide, and was first detected in the Torres Strait in 2005. This pilot project will lay the foundation required to assess the feasibility of Attractive Targeted Sugar Baits (ATSB) to control Aedes albopictus. The overall objective is to determine the frequency that mosquitos? sugar feed, a parameter critical to the success of ATSBs. This pilot data will be leveraged for funding to trial the use of ATSBs to stop Ae. albopictus from reaching the mainland.
Investigators
Tanya Russell, Tom Burkot, Kyran Staunton and Thomas Swan (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Keywords
Aedes Albopictus; Attractive Toxic Sugar Bait; Torres Strait; Dengue

Verily Life Sciences - Contract Research

JCU Mosquito Trap Development

Indicative Funding
$544,184 over 2 years
Summary
To design and validate traps that are low cost and sensitive enough for Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes that they can be deployed for both SIT release surveillance during suppression and elimination operations, and also for sentinel surveillance after elimination.
Investigators
Kyran Staunton, Tom Burkot and Wei Xiang (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Dengue; Mosquito; trap; Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

CRC for Developing Northern Australia Scheme - Projects

Strategies to prevent two viruses devaluing Australian crocodile skins

Indicative Funding
$39,000 over 4 years (administered by Porosus Pty Ltd - Centre for Crocodile Research)
Summary
Two viruses have been shown recently to infect crocodiles and damage their skins, resulting in losses to the economic value of the animals. There is evidence that the viruses are mosquito borne. JCU Cairns will set mosquito traps and monitor virus infection at a crocodile farm near Cairns, and provide trapping technology to be used at a farm near Darwin in order to better understand the natural history of the viruses and the risk they pose to the crocodile industry.
Investigators
Kyran Staunton, Sally Isberg, Roy Hall, David Tscharke and Karla Helbig (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Centre for Crocodile Research, The University of Queensland, Australian National University and La Trobe University)
Keywords
Kunjin virus; Mosquito; crocodile
Supervision

Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Primary or Secondary Advisor.

These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • Defining the risk to Humans of Emerging Zoonotic Malaria in Indonesia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Ecological Investigations and Control of Mosquito Disease Vectors (Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus) in the Torres Strait (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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