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First Name

Last Name
Russell (she/her/hers)

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Office Address
2290P Kindschi Hall of Science

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Areas of Expertise
Biogeography, Molecular Ecology, Genetic Demography

Courses Taught at GVSU

BIO 104 Biology for the 21st Century
BIO 210 Evolution
BIO 355 Human Genetics
BIO 375 Genetics
BIO 475/575 Population Genetics
BIO 495 Perspectives in Biology (Capstone)
BIO 698 Perspectives in Biology (Graduate Capstone)

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

Miller-Butterworth, Cassandra M., Karen Vacco, Amy L. Russell, and Joseph C. Gaspard. 2021. Genetic diversity and relatedness among captive African painted dogs in North America. Genes, 12: e1463.

Bradke, Danielle R.*, Joseph T. Altobelli*, Amy L. Russell, Collin P. Jaeger, and Jennifer A. Moore. 2021. Low bottleneck detection in long-lived species despite lost genetic diversity: a case study of tuatara and eastern massasauga rattlesnakes. Journal of Heredity, 112(4): 346-356.
*GVSU Graduate Student

Miller-Butterworth, Cassandra M., Duane R. Diefenbach, Jessie Edson, Leslie A. Hansen, James D. Jordan, Tess M. Gingery, and Amy L. Russell. 2021. Demography and loss of genetic diversity in two insular populations of the bobcat (Lynx rufus). Global Ecology and Conservation, 26: e01457.

Frick, Winifred, Amy Russell, and Erin Gillam. 2021. Contributions of women and creating a culture of inclusivity at the North American Society for Bat Research. In “50 Years of Bat Research – Foundations and New Frontiers” (B. K. Lim, M. B. Fenton, R. M. Brigham, S. Mistry, A. Kurta, E. H. Gillam, A. Russell, J. Ortega, eds.), pp. 23-40. Springer International Publishing.

Lim, Burton K., M. Brock Fenton, Robert M. Brigham, Shahroukh Mistry, Allen Kurta, Erin H. Gillam, Amy L. Russell, and Jorge Ortega, eds. 2021. 50 Years of Bat Research – Foundations and New Frontiers. Springer International Publishing.

Bernard, Riley F., Jonathan D. Reichard, Jeremy T. H. Coleman, Julie C. Blackwood, Michelle L. Verant, Jordi L. Segers, Jeffery M. Lorch, John Paul White, Marianne S. Moore, Amy L. Russell, Rachel A. Katz, Daniel L. Lindner, Rickard S. Toomey, Gregory G. Turner, Winifred F. Frick, Maarten J. Vonhof, Craig K. R. Willis, and Evan H. C. Grant. 2020. Identifying research needs to inform white-nose syndrome management decisions. Conservation Science and Practice, 2(8): e220.

Woller-Skar, M. M., A. L. Russell, J. A. Gaskill*, and M. R. Luttenton. 2020. Microcystin in multiple life stages of Hexagenia limbata, implications for toxin transfer and persistence. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 46(3): 666-671.
*GVSU Graduate Student

Ammerman, Loren K., Carson M. Brown, Rodrigo A. Medellín, Arnulfo Moreno-Valdez, Russell S. Pfau, Randi Lesagonicz*, andAmy L. Russell. 2019. Genetic variation and structure in the endangered Mexican long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris nivalis): mitochondrial and nuclear perspectives. In “From Field to Laboratory: A Memorial Volume in Honor of Robert J. Baker” (R. D. Bradley, H. H. Genoways, D. J. Schmidly, L. C. Bradley, eds.), pp. 169-185. Special Publications, Museum of Texas Tech University.
*GVSU Graduate Student

Dávalos, Liliana M., Winston C. Lancaster, Miguel S. Núñez-Novas, Yolanda M. León, Bonnie Lei, Jon Flanders, and Amy L. Russell. 2019. A coalescent-based estimator of genetic drift and acoustic divergence in the Pteronotus parnellii species complex. Heredity, 122(4): 417-427.

Recent Presentations

Russell, Amy. 2021. Using made-up data in theoretical and applied conservation genetics. Department seminar at North Dakota State University.

Miller-Butterworth, Cassandra, Karen Vacco, Amy Russell, and Joseph Gaspard. 2021. Genetic diversity and relatedness among African painted dogs in North America. The Wildlife Society (virtual meeting).

Forest, Erika*, and Amy Russell. 2019. Modeling long-term genetic diversity of little brown bat populations after infection by white-nose syndrome. North American Symposium on Bat Research, Kalamazoo, MI.
*GVSU Undergraduate Student

Lesagonicz, Randi*, and Amy Russell. 2019. Detection of tarnished plantbugs, apple maggots, and codling moths in bats’ diet in Michigan apple orchards. North American Symposium on Bat Research, Kalamazoo, MI.
*GVSU Graduate Student

Fraser, Devaughn L., Thomas Lilley, Amy Russell, Maarten Vonhof, and Michael R. Buchalski. 2019. Comparative genomics as a tool for disease management in wildlife: a conceptual framework for white nose syndrome in bats. The Wildlife Society, Reno, NV.

Moore, M. S., C. M. Bure, R. P. Patrose, A. R. Rasheed, B. M. Boone, J. K. Knight, G. M. Poterewicz, V. S. Gross, A. L. Russell, and L. M. Dávalos. 2019. Analyzing the proteomes of bat wing biopsies to uncover characteristics of resistance to white-nose syndrome. Society for Integrative Biology Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL.

Dávalos, Liliana M., Winston C. Lancaster, Miguel S. Núñez-Novas, Yolanda M. Léon, Bonnie Lei, Jon Flanders, and Amy L. Russell. 2018. Using genetics to explain acoustic divergence in the Pteronotus parnellii species complex. North American Symposium on Bat Research, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.


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