MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Willmot

- Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced today that a research article co-authored by County Mosquito Control Superintendent Ary Farajollahi has been selected for a new Public Library of Science (PLOS) collection titled “The Ecological Impacts of Climate Change.”

The paper written by Farajollahi and three other researchers focused on the Northeastern Range expansion of the Asian tiger mosquito and its impact on public health. It was chosen as one of the 16 most influential and prescient articles published in the journals PLOS One and PLOS Biology; the former published more than 23,000 papers online last year.

“I congratulate Ary on this well-deserved recognition,” Hughes said. “Asian tiger mosquitoes present an ongoing public health concern for Mercer County, and the expertise of Ary and his staff ensures that even during this historically wet season, our mosquito control efforts are second to none.”

Hughes said Mercer County Mosquito Control remains on the “cutting edge” of mosquito surveillance and control operations.

“Mosquito districts can be thought of as climate change sentinels because of our long-term, standardized sampling, and as climate change first responders; because when ecological conditions change, such as invasion by Asian tiger mosquitoes, we have to respond,” Farajollahi said.

“The Ecological Impacts of Climate Change” by the San Francisco-based nonprofit PLOS will formally launch on Aug. 5, when it will be posted at