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Associate Professor

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2290P Kindschi Hall of Science

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Areas of Expertise
Biogeography, Molecular Ecology, Genetic Demography

Courses Taught at GVSU

BIO 375 General Genetics
BIO 376 Genetics Lab
BIO 480/580 Population Genetics
BIO 495 Evolution

Research Interests

My interests lie at the point of intersection of multiple fields: where phylogenetic and population genetic approaches can inform questions of recent speciation, where coalescent approaches can help to discriminate among biogeographic hypotheses, and where molecular ecology and simulation-based analyses can discriminate among demographic scenarios. Organisms of interest in my lab have tended to focus on mammals including bats and primates, but I am open to interesting questions of molecular ecology, phylogeography, population genetics, mating systems, phylogenetics, and molecular evolution in any system.


Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee Knoxville, 2003
M.S. in Biology, Bowling Green State University, 1997
B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science, Bowling Green State University, 1994

Select Publications

Dávalos, Liliana M., Winston C. Lancaster, Miguel S. Núñez-Novas, Yolanda M. León, Bonnie Lei, Jon Flanders, and Amy L. Russell. In press. A coalescent-based estimator of genetic drift and acoustic divergence in the Pteronotus parnellii species complex. Heredity.

McCracken, Gary F., Riley F. Bernard, Melquisidec Gamba-Rios, Randy Wolfe, Jennifer J. Krauel, Devin N. Jones*, Amy L. Russell, and Veronica A. Brown. 2018. Rapid range expansion of the Brazilian free-tailed bat in the southeastern United States, 2008-2016. Journal of Mammalogy, 99(2): 312-320.  *GVSU Graduate Student

López-Hoffman, Laura, Jay Diffendorfer, Ruscena Wiederholt, Kenneth J. Bagstad, Wayne E. Thogmartin, Gary McCracken, Rodrigo L. Medellín, Amy Russell, and Darius Semmens. 2017. Operationalizing the telecoupling framework for migratory species using the spatial subsidies approach to examine ecosystem services provided by Mexican free-tailed bats. Ecology and Society, 22(4): e23.

Piaggio, Antoinette J., Amy L. Russell, Ignacio A. Osorio, Alejandro Jiménez Ramírez, Justin W. Fischer, Jennifer L. Neuwald, Annie E. Tibbels, Luis Lecuona, and Gary F. McCracken. 2017. Genetic demography at the leading edge of the distribution of a rabies virus vector. Ecology and Evolution, 7: 5343-5351.

Frick, W. F., E. F. Baerwald, R. M. R. Barclay, S. C. Loeb, R. A. Medellín, J. F. Pollock, J. A. Szymanski, A. L. Russell, T. J. Weller, and L. P. McGuire. 2017. Fatalities at wind turbines may threaten population viability of a migratory bat. Biological Conservation, 209: 172-177.

Wiederholt, Ruscena, Kenneth J. Bagstad, Gary F. McCracken, Jay E. Diffendorfer, John Loomis, Darius Semmens, Amy Russell, Chris Sansone, Kelsie LaSharr, Paul Cryan, Claudia Reynoso, Rodrigo A. Medellín, and Laura López-Hoffman. 2016. Improving spatio-temporal benefit transfers for pest control by generalist predators in cotton in the southwestern US. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, 13(1): 27-39.

Russell, Amy L., Veronica A. Brown, Ruth C. B. Utzurrum, Anne P. Brooke, Lisa A. Wolf, and Gary F. McCracken. 2016. Comparative phylogeography of Pteropus samoensis and P. tonganus in the South Pacific. Acta Chiropterologica, 18(2): 325-335.

Woller-Skar, M. Megan, Devin N. Jones*, Mark R. Luttenton, and Amy L. Russell. 2015. Microcystin detected in little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus). American Midland Naturalist, 174(2): 331-334.  *GVSU Graduate Student

Recent Presentations

Martin, Alynn*, Maarten Vonhof, and Amy Russell. 2018. Population genetic demography of the tricolored bat and implications for the impact of white-nose syndrome. North American Symposium on Bat Research, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  *GVSU Graduate Student

Forest, Erika*, and Amy Russell. 2018. Modeling long-term genetic diversity of little brown bat populations after declines due to white-nose syndrome. The Wildlife Society Conference, Cleveland, OH.  *GVSU Undergraduate Student

Woller-Skar, Megan, Amy Russell. 2018. Characterization of epiphytic bacterial communities using next-generation DNA sequencing. IAGLR Conference on Great Lakes Research, Toronto, ON.

Miller-Butterworth, Cassandra, Leslie Hansen, Doug Hoffman, Jim Jordan, Amy Russell, Jessie Edson, and Duane Diefenbach. 2018. Population genetics of two contrasting island populations of bobcats. The Wildlife Society Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Russell, Amy L., Veronica A. Brown, Justin G. Boyles, Esmarie Boyles, and Gary F. McCracken. 2017. Population genetics of Myotis in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska. North American Symposium on Bat Research, Knoxville, TN.

Ureel, Faith L.*, Marianne S. Moore, Liliana M. Dávalos, and Amy L. Russell. 2017. The phylogeography and genetic demography of Myotis austroriparius, a new host of white-nose syndrome. North American Symposium on Bat Research, Knoxville, TN.  *GVSU Undergraduate Student

Jones, Devin*, Veronica Brown, Amy Russell. 2016. Use of next-generation sequencing vs. cloning in the molecular characterization of bat diets: can new technologies give us new answers? Symposium on Genetic and Genomic insights into Bat Ecology and Conservation, International Bat Research Conference. Durban, South Africa.  *GVSU Graduate Student

Russell, Amy. 2016. Bats and conservation genetics. Plenary address at Southeastern Bat Diversity Network, Lake Guntersville State Park, AL.

Martin, Alynn M.*, Maarten J. Vonhof, and Amy L. Russell. 2016. Genetic structure of the migratory eastern pipistrelle bat, with implications for sex-biased dispersal. North American Symposium on Bat Research, San Antonio, TX.  *GVSU Graduate Student

Miller-Butterworth, Cassandra, Amy Russell, Greg Turner, and Maarten Vonhof. 2016. Range-wide population genetic structure of little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) and its potential influence on the spread of white-nose syndrome. International Bat Research Conference, Durban, South Africa.

Moore, Marianne, Amy Russell, Gregory Poterewicz, Geoffrey Gideon, Joshua McLaughlin, and Liliana Dávalos. 2016. Uncovering skin immune proteins as predictors of resistance against white-nose syndrome. White-Nose Syndrome Symposium, Denver, CO.

Jones, D. N.*, M. M. Woller-Skar, and A. L. Russell. 2016. Trophic transfer of microcystin from a freshwater lake to little brown bats. Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals, Lake Gunderson State Park, AL.  *GVSU Graduate Student

Denney, Kaity M.*, Devin N. Jones**, M. Megan Woller-Skar, and Amy L. Russell. 2016. Bioaccumulation of the liver toxin microcystin in Eptesicus fuscus from southern Michigan. North American Symposium on Bat Research, San Antonio, TX.  *GVSU Undergraduate Student  **GVSU Graduate Student

Bradke, Danielle R.*, Joseph T. Altobelli*, Susan K. Munster*, Amy L. Russell, and Jennifer A. Moore. 2016. Are standard genetic tests effective for detecting bottlenecks in long-lived reptiles? A case study of tuatara and eastern massasauga rattlesnakes. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, New Orleans, LA.  *GVSU Graduate Student