Dr. Yvonne-Marie Linton, PhD., BSc. (Hons.)

Research Director

Dr. Linton was educated in Scotland, United Kingdom. She was awarded her BSc (First Class Honors) in Zoology (Environmental Physiology) in 1995, and her PhD in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland in 1999. In 1998, she acquired a tenured position in Mosquito Systematics at the Natural History Museum in London, England, where she grew an active research team in Molecular Systematics and spearheaded the global Mosquito Barcoding Initiative. In 2011, she moved to the United States to undertake a National Research Council Senior Fellowship at the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit (WRBU), through the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR).

Dr. Linton has served as Research Director for WRBU since February 2017. She holds a Trust position within the Department of Entomology in the Smithsonian Institution-National Museum of Natural History. She serves as Curator of the USNM Mosquito Collection comprising over 1.7 million specimens, in addition to the following families: Ceratopogonidae, Corethrellidade, Chironomidae, Dixidae, Hippoboscidae, Psychodidae, and Tabanidae. She has conducted field collections in 30+ countries worldwide and has published 80+ publications, centered on integrated systematics, DNA taxonomy, phylogenetics and population genetics of mosquitoes, ticks and other vectors, as well as global biosurveillance and pathogen detection studies. Her first book—Mosquitoes of the World (Vol. 1 & 2) by Richard C. Wilkerson, Yvonne-Marie Linton, and Daniel Strickman—will be published by Johns Hopkins Press, on 15 December 2020.


Selected Publications:

Koray Ergünay, Ender Dinçerb, Sırrı Kar, Nergis Emanet, Deniz Yalçınkaya, Pelin Fatoş Polat Dinçer, Annika Brinkmann, Sabri Hacıoğlu, Andreas Nitsche, Aykut Özkul, Yvonne-Marie Linton. 2020. Multiple orthonairoviruses including Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus, Tamdy virus and the novel Meram virus in Anatolia. Ticks and tick-borne diseases, DOI: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2020.101448

Diana L. Huestis, Adama Dao, Moussa Diallo, Zana L. Sanogo, Djibril Samake, Alpha S. Yaro, Yossi Ousman, Yvonne-Marie Linton, Asha Krishna, Laura Veru, Benjamin J. Krajacich, Roy Faiman, Jenna Florio, Jason W. Chapman, Don R. Reynolds, David Weetman, Reed Mitchell, Martin J. Donnelly, Elijah Talamas, Lourdes Chamorro, Ehud Strobach & Tovi Lehmann. 2019. Windborne long-distance migration of malaria mosquitoes in the Sahel. Nature, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1622-4

Ender Dinçer, Sabri Hacıoğlu, Sırrı Kar, Nergis Emanet, Annika Brinkmann, Andreas Nitsche, Aykut Özkul, Yvonne Marie Linton, Koray Ergünay 2019. Survey and Characterization of Jingmen Tick Virus Variants. Viruses 2019, 11(11), 1071; https://doi.org/10.3390/v11111071

Ozge Erisoz Kasap, Yvonne-Marie Linton, Mehmet Karakus, Yusuf Ozbel and Bulent Alten. 2019. Revision of the species composition and distribution of Turkish sand flies using DNA barcodes. Parasites and Vectors, 12:410. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-019-3669-3

Akıner MM, Öztürk M, Başer AB, Günay F, Hacıoğlu S, Brinkmann A, Emanet N, Alten B, Özkul A, Nitsche A, Linton YM, Ergünay K. 2019. Arboviral screening of invasive Aedes species in northeastern Turkey: West Nile virus circulation and detection of insect-only viruses. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 2019 May 6;13(5):e0007334.


Currently in press:

Richard C. Wilkerson, Yvonne-Marie Linton, Daniel Strickman. 2020. Mosquitoes of the World, Volumes 1 & 2. Johns Hopkins Press. In Press Publication date 15 December 2020.

Maysa T. Motoki, Yvonne-Marie Linton, Jan E. Conn, Fredy Ruiz-Lopez & Richard C. Wilkerson 2020. Phylogenetic network of mitochondrial COI gene sequences distinguishes ten taxa within the Neotropical Albitarsis Group (Diptera: Culicidae), confirming the separate species status of albitarsis H and revealing yet another new cryptic taxon albitarsis J. Molecular Ecology, in press.

Benedict B. Pagac, Alexandra R. Spring, Jonathan R. Stawicki, Thien L. Dinh, Michael D. Kavanaugh, David B. Pecor, Silvia A. Justi & Yvonne-Marie Linton. 2020. Incursion and establishment of the Old World arbovirus vector Aedes (Fredwardsius) vittatus (Bigot, 1861) in the Americas. Acta Tropica, under review.