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Research interests

Molecular population genetics of mosquitoes and biodiversity in Southeast Asia

Research on mosquito vectors of disease can have important applications to the control of diseases such as malaria and dengue. Population genetic studies of mosquitoes can also increase our fundamental understanding of interpreting genetic diversity in terms of random genetic drift, population history, selection and barriers to gene flow both within and between species. These research interests extend to encompass molecular evolution, conservation genetics and biodiversity in Southeast Asia.

Selected Publications

  • Walton, C., Handley, J.M., Kuvangkadilok, C., Collins, F.H., Harbach, R.E., Baimai, V. and Butlin, R.K. (1999) Identification of five species of the Anopheles dirus complex from Thailand, using allele-specific polymerase chain reaction. Med. Vet. Entomol.13, pp.24-32.
  • Walton, C., Sharpe, R.G., Pritchard, S.J., Thelwell, N.J. and Butlin, R.K. (1999) Molecular identification of mosquito species. Biol. J. Linnean Soc.68, pp.241-56.
  • Walton, C., Chang, M.S., Handley, J.M., Harbach, R.E., Collins, F.H., Baimai, V. and Butlin, R.K. (2000) PRIMER NOTE: the isolation and characterization of microsatellites from Anopheles dirus mosquitoes. Mol. Ecol.9, pp.1665-7.
  • Walton, C., Handley, J.M., Tun-Lin, W., Collins, F.H., Harbach, R.E., Baimai, V. and Butlin, R.K. (2000) Population structure and population history of Anopheles dirus mosquitoes in Southeast Asia. Mol. Biol. Evol. 17, pp.962-74.
  • Walton, C., Handley, J.M., Collins, F.H., Baimai, V., Harbach, R.E., Deesin, V. and Butlin, R.K. (2001) Genetic population structure and introgression in Anopheles dirus mosquitoes in South-east Asia. Mol. Ecol. 10, pp.569-580.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Lydia Becker Institute
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


  • population genetics
  • arbovirus
  • mosquito
  • dengue
  • malaria


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