Lengxob 'Lenny' Yong

Assistant Marine Scientist, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Address: Marine Resources Research Institute, 217 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
E-mail: yongl@dnr.sc


Ph.D., 2015, Biology (Interdisciplinary Biology), East Carolina University

M.S., 2009, Biology (Neurobiology/Behavior), Georgia State University

B.S., 2005, Biology, Berry College

B.A., 2005, Psychology, Berry College

Research Interests

  • population genetics and distribution of marine organisms
  • genomics of sex differences in natural populations
  • phenotypic evolution and adaptation of fishes
  • molecular and conservation genetics
  • genotype-phenotype mapping/GWAS

Current research project

  • Genomic approaches for identifying sex-specific and population-level differences in marine organisms
  • Genetic and stock assessment of local fish species
  • Molecular tool development for detecting invasive species and marine diseases

Past research projects

  • Using phenotypic and genetic data to study morphological variation in Trinidadian guppies
  • Examining the genetic basis of Malawi cichlid behavioral variation
  • Investigating the evolution of color polymorphism in threespine stickleback


  • Yong, L., D. Croft, J. Troscianko, I. Ramnarine, & A. Wilson. 2022. Sensory-based quantification of male colour patterns in Trinidadian guppies reveals nonparallel phenotypic evolution across an ecological transition in multivariate trait space. Molecular Ecology 31(5):1337-1357. doi.org/10.1111/mec.16039
  • Carver, J.J., M.W. Chilton, J.N. Brown, S.C. Carrell, L. Yong, Y. Zhu, & F.A. Issa. 2021. Nuclear androgen and progestin receptors inversely affect aggression and social dominance in male zebrafish. Hormones & Behavior 134:105012. doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2021.105012
  • Charlesworth, D., Bergero R, Gardner J, Graham C, Yong L. 2020. Locating the sex determining region of linkage 12 of guppy (Poecilia reticulata). G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 10(10):3639-3649. doi.org/10.1534/g3.120.401573
  • Charlesworth, D., Y. Zhang, R. Bergero, J. Gardner, C. Graham, & L. Yong. 2020. Using GC content to compare recombination patterns on the sex chromosomes and autosomes of the guppy, Poecilia reticulata, and its close outgroup species. Molecular Biology and Evolution 37(12):3550-3562. doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msaa187
  • Bergero, R., J. Gardner, B. Bader, L. Yong, & D. Charlesworth. 2019. Exaggerated heterochiasmy in a fish with sex-linked male coloration polymorphisms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(14):6924-6931. doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1818486116
  • Connallon, T., C. Olito, L. Dutoit, H. Papoli, F. Ruzicka, & L. Yong. 2018. Local adaptation and the evolution of inversions on sex chromosomes and autosomes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 373:20170423. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2017.0423
  • Yong, L., B. Lee, & J.S. McKinnon. 2018. Variation in female aggression in two threespine stickleback populations with female throat and spine colouration. Current Zoology 3(1):345-350, doi.org/10.1093/cz/zoy020
  • Yong, L., Z. Thet, & Y. Zhu. 2017. Genetic editing of the androgen receptor contributes to impaired male courtship behavior in male zebrafish. Journal of Experimental Biology 220:3017-3021. doi.org/10.1242/jeb.161596
  • Yong, L., C.L. Peichel, & J.S. McKinnon. 2016. Genetic architecture of conspicuous red ornaments in female threespine sticklebacks. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 6:579-588. doi.org/10.1534/g3.115.024505