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Dr. William Petrie appointed as new Director of Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control and Habitat Management

Mosquito Control’s new director brings more than 30 years of mosquito research and vector control experience

MIAMI (July 28, 2017)

The Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management is proud to announce that Dr. William Petrie has been appointed the new director of Mosquito Control and Habitat Management. Dr. Petrie brings to the position more than 30 years of experience in the areas of mosquito research and vector control.

As the Mosquito Control director, he will be responsible for steering the countywide mosquito control program, leading a staff of more than 50 employees and administering an annual budget of $16.7 million. Dr. Petrie will officially begin his new role on Monday, August 14, 2017. 

“Dr. Petrie is a leading expert on mosquito control and is highly regarded and respected throughout the world for his research and work in the field,” said Deputy Mayor and Solid Waste Management Director Alina Hudak. “With more than three decades of experience understanding mosquitoes and the diseases they can transmit, Dr. Petrie is poised to provide the strategic, administrative and operational leadership that will help to position the County’s Mosquito Control program as a leader in the mosquito control arena,” Hudak added.

Most recently, Dr. Petrie served as the director of the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) in the Cayman Islands, where he was instrumental in identifying alternatives to the pesticides used to combat the invasive Aedes aegypti mosquito.                   

Dr. Petrie has worked at MRCU since 1984, when he joined as a research assistant after graduating from the University of Dundee in Scotland with a biology-zoology degree. He obtained his PhD through his research into the reproductive biology of the Cayman Islands’ swamp mosquito. Upon completion of his research work, he became the deputy director of MRCU and was promoted to the chief position in 1998.    

His published works include articles featured in Nature Biotechnology Journal on engineered male mosquitoes and the successful suppression of the field mosquito population. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Mosquito Control Association, and the Society of Vector Ecology. 

“I am very excited to have been selected to lead Miami-Dade’s Mosquito Control and Habitat Management Division,” stated Dr. Petrie. “I look forward to this new challenge and to the opportunity to further enhance the County’s program that has successfully responded to mosquito-borne illnesses,” he added.

Miami-Dade Mosquito Control and Habitat Management proactively monitors and addresses mosquito activity year-round as part of an Integrated Vector Management Program, which includes surveillance, inspections, vector control as well as education and outreach. For more information about Miami-Dade County’s Mosquito Control program, visit www.miamidade.gov/mosquito.

Note to media: A high-resolution photograph of Dr. Petrie is available upon request.