James Winton, Ph.D.

Jim works with scientists, technicians, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students and visiting scientists working to improve methods for the detection of fish pathogens, determine factors affecting the epidemiology of fish diseases, and develop novel control strategies for reducing losses among both hatchery-reared and wild fish.



Ph.D. 1981. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

B.A. 1967. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO


Research Interests:           

Infectious diseases of fish, fish cell and tissue culture, molecular taxonomy and epidemiology of fish pathogens, ecology of fish diseases in wild populations.



2017 to Present - Senior Scientists, Emeritus

1996-2017 - Chief, Fish Health Section, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, WA

1995 to Present - Professor (Affiliate Faculty), University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Seattle, WA

1986-1996 - Project Leader, Infectious Diseases of Fish. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, WA

1983-1986 - Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, Department of Microbiology, Corvallis, OR


Honors, Awards, Recognition, Elected Memberships:

2015 - Senior Scientist – U.S. Geological Survey

2006 - Department of Interior Distinguished Service Award

2000 - American Fisheries Society Fish Health Section S. F. Snieszko Distinguished Service Award

1999 - Department of Interior Meritorious Service Award


Academic and Professional Service:

1984 to Present - Canadian Fish Health Official - International shipments of salmonid fish and gametes

1981 to Present - U.S. Title 50 Inspector - International shipments of salmonid fish and gametes

2010 - Pacific Salmon Commission - Invited expert to panel investigating Fraser River sockeye declines

1991-2000 - Office International des Epizooties (OIE), Paris - Elected to Fish Diseases Commission

1990-2003 - American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) - Animal Virus Advisory Group

1988-2000 - International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) - Reovirus Study Group


Professional Societies:

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Society for Microbiology

American Fisheries Society

European Association of Fish Pathologists

Japanese Society of Fish Pathologists

Wildlife Disease Association