Leonard Munstermann, PhD, MA, BA

Senior Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Head Curator of Entomology (Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History)

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Downs International Health Student Travel Fellowship | Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

Yale Institute for Global Health

Global Health Studies

MacMillan Center


After graduating from the University of Minnesota Morris, a small campus in western Minnesota, he joined the Peace Corps and taught biology in a "bush school" in western Ghana as well as an exposure to the tropical insect environment. After a year at U of M, Minneapolis, and a stint in the U.S. Army, he lived in Japan for two years studying Japanese language and culture. He returned to USA to the University of Notre Dame, studying mosquito genetics, ecology and evolution. After 20 years at Notre Dame as a graduate student and research faculty, he was invited to Yale School of Medicine as a research scientist to work on the population genetics and taxonomic relationships amongst the 400 species of South American phlebotomine sand flies. Currently, he continues the sandfly work and is completing a 15-year set of education grants translating current research in medical entomology into K-12 teaching curricula.

Education & Training

PhD University of Notre Dame (1979)
MA University of Minnesota, Zoology (1968)
BA University of Minnesota, Morris, Psychology (1964)

Honors & Recognition

  • Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, University of Minnesota, Morris (2004)

  • Elected President, Connecticut Entomological Society (2001)

  • Team Research Award (with M. Braks, J. Birungi, S. Juliano, L. Lounibos, R. Lourenco de Oliveira, G. O’Meara), Florida Entomological Society (2000)

  • 14th Rozeboom Lecturer in Medical Entomology, John Hopkins University (1998)

  • Published photographs of Insect Vectors of Disease in 42 newspapers, research journals and books, including Science, New York Times and Yale Medicine (1979, 2007)

Professional Service

  • Connecticut Entomology Society (2000 - 2008) Society secretary--minutes, membership


  • Biological Research in Colombia Colombia (2008)

    Professor Munstermann is on the editorial board of Biomedica, the internationally recognized research journal of the National Institute of Health (Instituto Nacional de Salud), Bogotá, Colombia.

  • Biology and Genetics - Consultant to US Army Guatemala; Honduras; El Salvador (2008)

    Professor Munstermann is a consultant to the civilian research arm of the US military - the US Army Center of Health for Promotion and Preventive Medicine - West. He advises on issues of biology and genetics research in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

  • Taxonomy of Sand Flies (Lutzomyia Verrucarum Group) in South America Colombia (2007)

    Professor Munstermann works to establish a new taxonomy for the 400 sand fly species in the genus Lutzomyia.

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Contact Info

Leonard Munstermann, PhD, MA, BA
Mailing Address
Epidemiology of Microbial DiseasesPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034

Curriculum Vitae

Research Image 1

New version (UV-LED, on right) of CDC llight trap

Research Image 2

bloodfeeding phlebotomine sand fly