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December 1, 2022

This summer, a special issue of the journal, Animals was dedicated to Dr. Winton.

Dr. James R. Winton, Scientist Emeritus
Dr. James “Jim” Winton, Scientist Emeritus

Dr. James “Jim” Winton, now a Scientist Emeritus at WFRC, has committed his career to aquatic fish health. Throughout his distinguished career, Winton made many scientific discoveries, mentored young scientists, formed long-term partnerships, and played a major role in shaping the WFRC’s Fish Health Section, which is recognized as an international leader in the field of aquatic pathogens and disease.

Dr. Winton has played a significant role in addressing high-profile fish health threats in the Pacific Northwest, Great Lakes, and areas in Europe and Asia. Winton began his tenure at the Center in 1986, becoming the section lead in 1996, and retired in 2017. As a Scientist Emeritus, Dr. Winton continues his service with the USGS and his contribution to fisheries science. His expertise and dedication have not gone unnoticed.

This summer, a special issue of the journal, Animals was dedicated to Dr. Winton. The special issue title "Emerging and Re-emerging Fish and Shellfish Viruses” includes contributions that further our understanding of fish and shellfish viruses’ pathogenicity, immunology, epidemiology, improved diagnostics, newly developed vaccines, taxonomy, and host susceptibility.

The special issue contains several articles from Dr. Winton’s fish health colleagues. They demonstrate the variety and depth of fish health topics scientists are exploring to learn more about disease and health concerns in aquatic environments.

To learn more about Dr. Winton and the special issue and articles, visit:

Animals | Special Issue: Emerging and Re-emerging Fish and Shellfish Viruses - Special Issue Dedicated to Dr. James R. Winton ( 

Batts, W.N., T.R. Capps, L.M. Crosson, R.L. Powers, R. Breyta, and M.K. Purcell. 2022. Rapid Diagnostic Test to Detect and Discriminate Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis Virus (IHNV) Genogroups U and M to Aid Management of Pacific Northwest Salmonid Populations. Animals 12(14), 1761. DOI:

Bendorf, C.M., S.C. Yun, G. Kurath, and R.P. Hedrick. 2022. Comparative Susceptibilities of Selected California Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Populations to Isolates of L Genogroup Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis Virus (IHNV). Animals 12(13), 1733. DOI:

Breyta, R., W.N. Batts, and G. Kurath. 2022. Genetics Reveal Long-Distance Virus Transmission Links in Pacific Salmon. Animals 12(16), 2120. DOI:

Chérif, N., F. Amdouni, B. Bessadok, G. Tagorti, and S. Sadok. 2021. Chitosan Treatment of E-11 Cells Modulates Transcription of Nonspecific Immune Genes and Reduces Nodavirus Capsid Protein Gene Expression. Animals 2021, 11(11), 3097: DOI:

Hernandez, D., and G. Kurath. 2022. Shedding Kinetics of Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis Virus (IHNV) in Juvenile Spring- and Fall-Run Chinook Salmon of the Columbia River Basin. Animals 12(15), 1887. DOI:

Hershberger, P.K., T.R. Meyers, J.L. Gregg, M.L. Groner, S.A. Hall, H.T. Jayasekera, A.H. MacKenzie, A.S. Neat, E.N. Piatt, and K.A. Garver. 2021. Annual Recurrences of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Epizootics in Age 0 Pacific Herring Clupea pallasii Valenciennes, 1847. Animals 11(8), 2426. DOI:

Johnston, A.E., M.A. Shavalier, K.T. Scribner, E. Soto, M.J. Griffin, G.C. Waldbieser, B.M. Richardson, A.D. Winters, S. Yun, E.A. Baker, D.L. Larson, M. Kiupel, and T.P. Loch. 2022. First Isolation of a Herpesvirus (Family Alloherpesviridae) from Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens). Animals 12(23), 3230. DOI:

Kim, R., S. Fitzgerald, M. Kiupel, and M. Faisal. 2022. Tissue Distribution of the Piscine Novirhabdovirus Genotype IVb in Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy). Animals 12(13), 1624. DOI:

Meng, F., Y. Wang, G. Wang, T. Hu, L. Xu, K. Tang, W. Shi, F. Zhang, X. Dong, and J. Huang. 2022. Complete Genome Sequence of Macrobrachium rosenbergii Golda Virus (MrGV) from China. Animals 12(1), 27. DOI:

Shahin, K., K. Subramaniam, A. Camus, Z. Yazdi, S. Yun, S. Koda, T. Waltzek, F. Pierezan, R. Hu, and E. Soto. 2021. Isolation, Identification and Characterization of a Novel Megalocytivirus from Cultured Tilapia (Oreochromis spp.) from Southern California, USA. Animals 11(12), 3524. DOI:

Shawky, M., E. Taha, B. Ahmed, M. Mahmoud, M. Abdelaziz, M. Faisal, and A. Yousif. 2021. Initial Evidence That Gilthead Seabream (Sparus aurata L.) Is a Host for Lymphocystis Disease Virus Genotype I. Animals 11(11), 3032. DOIP

Tolo, I., P. Bajer, T. Wolf, S. Mor, and N. Phelps. 2022. Investigation of Cyprinid Herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) Disease Periods and Factors Influencing CyHV-3 Transmission in A Low Stocking Density Infection Trial. Animals 12(1), 2. DOI:

Walker, P., L. Bigarré, G. Kurath, L. Dacheux, and L. Pallandre. 2022. Revised Taxonomy of Rhabdoviruses Infecting Fish and Marine Mammals. Animals 2022, 12(11), 1363. DOI:

Wang, F., S. Li, and F. Li. 2021. Different Immune Responses of the Lymphoid Organ in Shrimp at Early Challenge Stage of Vibrio parahaemolyticus and WSSV. Animals 11(8), 2160. DOI:

Xia, J., C. Wang, L. Yao, W. Wang, W. Zhao, T. Jia, X. Yu, G. Yang, and Q. Zhang. 2022. Investigation on Natural Infection of Covert Mortality Nodavirus in Farmed Giant Freshwater Prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii). Animals 12(11), 1370. DOI:

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