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Amy Russell

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Email
russelam@gvsu.edu

Title
Associate Professor

Office Address
2290P Kindschi Hall of Science

Office Phone
616-331-8929

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.

Education

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

Recent Publications

Woller-Skar, M. M., D. Jones*, M. R. Luttenton, A. L. Russell. (In press) Microcystin detected in little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus). American Midland Naturalist.
*GVSU Graduate Student

Vonhof, Maarten J., Amy L. Russell, Cassandra M. Miller-Butterworth. (2015) Range-wide genetic analysis of little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) populations: estimating the risk of spread of white-nose syndrome. PLoS ONE, 10(7), e0128713.

Russell, Amy L., Corinna A. Pinzari, Maarten J. Vonhof, Kevin J. Olival, Frank J. Bonaccorso. (2015) Two tickets to paradise: multiple dispersal events in the founding of hoary bat populations in Hawai’i. PLoS ONE, 10(6), e0127912.

Vonhof, Maarten J., Amy L. Russell. (2015) Genetic approaches to the conservation of migratory bats: a study of the eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis). PeerJ, 3, e983.

Corthals, Angelique, Alynn Martin*, Omar M. Warsi, Megan Woller-Skar, Winston Lancaster, Amy Russell, Liliana M. Dávalos. (2015) From the field to the lab: best practices for field preservation of bat specimens for molecular analyses. PLoS ONE, 10(3), e0118994.
*GVSU Graduate Student

Wiederholt, Ruscena, Laura López-Hoffman, Colleen Svancara, Gary McCracken, Wayne Thogmartin, Jay E. Diffendorfer, Brady Mattson, Kenneth Bagstad, Paul Cryan, Amy Russell, Darius Semmens, Rodrigo A. Medellín. (2015) Optimizing conservation strategies for Mexican free-tailed bats: a population viability and ecosystem services approach. Biodiversity and Conservation, 24(1), 63-82.

Dávalos, Liliana M., Amy L. Russell. (2014) Sex-biased dispersal produces high error rates in mitochondrial distance-based and tree-based species delimitation. Journal of Mammalogy, 95(4), 781-791.

Miller-Butterworth, Cassandra M., Maarten J. Vonhof, Joel Rosenstern, Greg G. Turner, Amy L. Russell. (2014) Genetic structure of little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) correlates with spread of white-nose syndrome among hibernacula. Journal of Heredity, 105(3), 354-364.

Blair, Christopher, Kellie L. Heckman, Amy L. Russell, Anne D. Yoder. (2014) Multilocus coalescent analyses reveal demographic history and speciation patterns of mouse lemur sister species. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 14, e57.

López-Hoffman, Laura, Ruscena Wiederholt, Chris Sansone, Kenneth J. Bagstad, Paul Cryan, Jay E. Diffendorfer, Joshua Goldstein, Kelsie LaSharr, John Loomis, Gary McCracken, Rodrigo A. Medellín, Amy Russell, Darius Semmens. (2014) Market forces and technological substitutes cause fluctuations in the value of bat pest-control services for cotton. PLoS ONE, 9(2), e87912.

Wiederholt, Ruscena, Laura López-Hoffman, Jon Cline, Rodrigo A. Medellín, Paul Cryan, Amy Russell, Gary McCracken, James Diffendorfer, Darius Semmens. (2013) Moving across the border: modeling migratory bat populations. Ecosphere, 4(9), e114.

Dávalos, Liliana M., Amy L. Russell. (2012) Deglaciation explains bat extinction in the Caribbean. Ecology and Evolution, 2(12), 3045-3051.

Russell, Amy L., Murray P. Cox, Veronica A. Brown, Gary F. McCracken. (2011) Population growth of Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicana) predates human agricultural activity. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 11, e88.

Muscarella, Robert A., Kevin L. Murray, Derek Ortt, Amy L. Russell, Theodore H. Fleming. (2011) Exploring demographic, physical, and historical explanations for the genetic structure of two lineages of Greater Antillean bats. PLoS ONE, 6(3), e17704.

Russell, Amy L., Calvin M. Butchkoski, Leslie Saidak, Gary F. McCracken. (2009) Road-killed bats, highway design, and the commuting ecology of bats. Endangered Species Research, 8, 49-60.

Amelon, S., T.L. King, S. Oyler-McCance, M. Barton, D. Iwanowicz, J. Switzer, A. Russell. (2009) White paper: Sampling protocols. U.S. Forest Service.

O’Brien, John, Carol Mariani, Link Olson, Amy L. Russell, Ludovic Say, Anne Yoder, Tom J. Hayden. (2009) Multiple colonisations of the Western Indian Ocean by Pteropus fruit bats (Megachiroptera: Pteropodidae): the furthest islands were colonised first. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 51(2), 294-303.

Recent Presentations

Russell, Amy, Corinna Pinzari, Maarten Vonhof, Kevin Olival, Frank Bonaccorso. (2015) Two tickets to paradise: multiple dispersal events in the founding of hoary bat populations in Hawai'i. Symposium on Hawaiian Hoary Bats, North American Symposium on Bat Research, Monterey, CA.
Invited oral presentation

Russell, A.L. A. M. Martin*, C. M. Miller-Butterworth, M. J. Vonhof. (2015) Using multispecies genetic landscapes to inform the spread of white-nose syndrome. North American Joint Bat Working Group Meeting, St. Louis, MO.
*GVSU Graduate Student
Oral presentation

Munster, Susan*, Maarten J. Vonhof, Amy L. Russell. (2015) Using simulated microsatellite loci to test the efficacy of genetic methods to detect population declines. North American Joint Bat Working Group Meeting, St. Louis, MO.
*GVSU Graduate Student
Oral presentation

Russell, Amy. (2014) Speciation and trait evolution in island bats. Department Seminar Series, Hope College. Holland, MI.
Oral presentation

Jones, Devin*, Meg Woller-Skar, Amy Russell. (2014) Are little brown bats ingesting microcystin through Hexagenia mayflies? North American Symposium on Bat Research, Albany, NY.
*GVSU Graduate Student
Poster presentation

Kaneshiro, April*, Ted Weller, Maarten Vonhof, Amy Russell. (2014) Relatedness of co-migrating male hoary bats in northwestern California. North American Symposium on Bat Research, Albany, NY.
*GVSU Undergraduate Student
Poster presentation

Russell, Amy, Annie Tibbels, Antoinette Piaggio. (2014) Estimating the effective population size of the common vampire bat at the edge of their range. North American Symposium on Bat Research, Albany, NY.
Oral presentation

Munster, Susan*, Maarten Vonhof, Amy Russell. (2014) Testing the efficacy of coalescent-based estimates of eastern red bat populations in decline using msvar. North American Symposium on Bat Research, Albany, NY.
*GVSU Graduate Student
Oral presentation

Russell, Amy, Maarten Vonhof, Corinna Pinzari, Kevin Olival, Frank Bonaccorso. (2014) Reconstructing the biogeographic history of the Hawaiian hoary bat. Symposium on Lpe’a’pea: Conserving Hawaii’s Native Land Mammal Through Research, Restoration, and Adaptive Management, Hawaii Conservation Conference. Honolulu, HI.
Invited oral presentation

Russell, Amy L., Liliana M. Dávalos. (2013) Sex-biased dispersal drives high error rates in mitochondrial tree-based and distance-based species delimitation. Annual Symposium in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Allendale, MI.
Oral presentation

Russell, Amy L., Liliana M. Dávalos. (2013) Sex-biased dispersal drives high error rates in mitochondrial tree-based and distance-based species delimitation. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogy, Philadelphia, PA.
Oral presentation

Martin, Alynn*, Maarten Vonhof, Amy Russell. (2013) Regional extinction risks of the eastern pipistrelle bat. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogy, Philadelphia, PA.
*GVSU Graduate Student
Oral presentation

Munster, Susan K.*, Veronica A. Brown, Ruth C. B. Utzurrum, Anne P. Brooke, Gary F. McCracken, Amy L. Russell. (2013) Differential dispersal of two codistributed species of Pteropus in the South Pacific. American Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
*GVSU Graduate Student
Poster presentation

Kirby, Laura*, Maarten Vonhof, Frank Bonaccorso, Kevin Olival, Corinna Pinzari, Amy Russell. (2013) Reconstructing the biogeography of Hawaiian hoary bats (Lasiurus cinereus). Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogy, Philadelphia, PA.
*GVSU Undergraduate Student
Poster presentation

Russell, Amy, Frank Bonaccorso, Maarten Vonhof, Corinna Pinzari, Kevin Olival, Liliana Dávalos. (2013) Cautionary tales in reconstructing the evolutionary history of island bats. Symposium on Advances in Bat Phylogeography and Population Genomics, International Bat Research Conference. San Jose, Costa Rica.
Invited oral presentation

Russell, Amy, Maarten Vonhof, Cassandra Miller-Butterworth. (2012) Phylogeographic analyses reveal cryptic subdivisions and unexpected connections among Myotis lucifugus populations. North American Symposium on Bat Research, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Oral presentation

Martin, Alynn*, Liliana Dávalos, Winston Lancaster, Amy Russell, Megan Woller-Skar, Angelique Corthals. (2012) A comparison of DNA yields from different tissue types and storage media. North American Symposium on Bat Research, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
*GVSU Graduate Student
Oral presentation

Martin, Alynn*, Maarten Vonhof, Amy Russell. (2012) From phylogeography to multispecies genetic landscapes: A case study of Perimyotis subflavus and an argument for collaboration. White-Nose Syndrome Symposium, Madison, WI.
*GVSU Graduate Student
Invited oral presentation

Russell, Amy L. (2012) Modeling the population genetic effects of wind turbine-related mortalities in red bats. Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative (BWEC) meeting. Austin, TX.
Invited oral presentation

Russell, Amy, Winston Lancaster, Liliana Dávalos. (2011) Genetic demography of Pteronotus parnellii reveals historic isolation of island populations. North American Symposium on Bat Research, Toronto, Canada.
Oral presentation

Martin, Alynn*, Amy Russell, Maarten Vonhof. (2011) Genetic demography of Perimyotis subflavus reveals regional population trends. North American Symposium on Bat Research, Toronto, Canada.
*GVSU Graduate Student
Poster presentation

Russell, Amy L., Kim Briones. (2011) Sampling hair and tissues for population studies of bats. Bat Techniques Workshop, Joint meeting of the Northeastern Bat Working Group, Midwest Bat Working Group, Southeastern Bat Diversity Network, and Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals, Louisville, KY.
Invited oral presentation

Russell, Amy L. (2010) Assessing short-term extinction risks using genetic simulation analyses. Symposium on Bat Extinctions: Past, Present, and Future, International Bat Research Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.
Invited oral presentation

Russell, Amy L., Murray P. Cox, Veronica A. Brown, Gary F. McCracken. (2010) Hypothesis testing in genetic demography: using multilocus data to reconstruct evolutionary history. Symposium on Integrating Information Across Multiple Molecular Markers – Current and Future Studies in Bat Genetic Research, International Bat Research Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.
Invited oral presentation

Russell, Amy L. (2010) The contribution of population genetics to the valuation and conservation of bats. Department seminar series, Indiana State University.
Invited oral presentation

McNeely, Anne*, Amy L. Russell. (2009) Assessing the utility of genetic data as a monitoring tool: a case study of eastern red bats (Lasiurus borealis). North American Symposium on Bat Research, Portland, OR.
*GVSU Undergraduate Student
Poster presentation

Russell, Amy L., Murray P. Cox, Veronica A. Brown, Gary F. McCracken. (2009) Population growth of Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicana) predates human agricultural activity. North American Symposium on Bat Research, Portland, OR.
Oral presentation

Russell, Amy L. (2009) What can population genetics tell us about Caribbean bats? Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Dominican Republic.
Invited oral presentation

Russell, Amy L., Kevin J. Olival. (2009) Genetics of the Hawaiian hoary bat. Hawaiian Hoary Bat and Climate Change Modeling Workshop, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center.
Invited oral presentation

Russell, Amy L., Liliana M. Dávalos. (2008) Dynamics of gene flow and extinction in island metapopulations under climate change: model discrimination through population genetic simulations. North American Symposium on Bat Research, Scranton, PA.
Oral presentation

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