Michael A. Russello, PhD
CONTACT

Department of Biology
The University of British Columbia-Okanagan Campus
3333 University Way
Kelowna, British Columbia V1V 1V7
Canada
Phone: (250) 807-8762 Fax: (250) 807-8005
michael.russello@ubc.ca

EDUCATION
10/03 Doctor of Philosophy, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Columbia University
10/02 Master of Philosophy, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Columbia University
05/02 Advanced Certificate in Environmental Policy, Columbia University
10/99 Master of Arts, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Columbia University
1/94-5/97 Bachelor of Arts, Biology, University of San Diego - Minor in Environmental Studies
RESEARCH POSITIONS
06/11 - Associate Professor (tenure), Biology, The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
08/06 - 06/11 Assistant Professor, Biology, The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
06/08 - 08/09 Acting Director, Centre for Species at Risk and Habitat Studies, The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
08/06 - present Faculty Affiliate, The Biodiversity Research Centre, The University of British Columbia
08/03 - 07/06 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
Yale University
06/99 - 08/05 Research Associate, Conservation & Science Programs, Wildlife Conservation Society
01/99 - 07/03 Graduate Student Research Associate, Molecular Systematics Laboratory,
American Museum of Natural History
COURSES TAUGHT
BIOL 250: Evolutionary Biology, UBC Okanagan
BIOL 468/568: Molecular Approaches in Ecology and Evolution, UBC Okanagan
BIOL 203: Introduction to Ecology, UBC Okanagan
BIOL 460/560: Population Genetics, UBC Okanagan
EEB 720: Conservation Genetics, Yale University
EEB 375: Molecular Approaches to Systematics, Conservation Biology & Behavioral Ecology, Yale University
EEEB W4601 Biological Systematics, Columbia University (Graduate TA)
Issues in Conservation Biology, Columbia University
FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS
2013 Hrdy Fellowship in Conservation Biology, Harvard University
1998 – 2003 CERC Doctoral Fellow of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Columbia University
2003 Ph. D. with Distinction, Columbia University
1997 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges
1997 Cum Laude, University of San Diego
1994 - 1997 Dean's List and Departmental Homors (Biology), University of San Diego
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
WORKSHOPS/SYMPOSIA ORGANIZED
Introduccion a la Genetica de la Conservacion y sus aplicaciones. Laboratorio de Epidemiologia, Patologia y genetica de Galapagos LEPG-G. Puerto Ayora, Galapagos. December 9-19, 2007. (co-organizer/instructor).

Conservation Genetics Symposium. Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA. September 25-29, 2005. (participant).

Does captive breeding for commercial purposes and by private individuals contribute to conservation of wild populations? White Oak Conservation Center, FL. June 3-6, 2004 (co-organizer/participant).

Interactive in situ and ex situ conservation: workshop in field survey methods and captive population management. Division of Forestry, Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. October 20-22, 2002 (co-organizer/participant).

Microsatellite development: theory and practice. American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY. June 6-7, 2001 (co-organizer/instructor).

Ancient DNA Discussion Group. Columbia University, New York, NY. January-May, 2000 (co-organizer/participant).

MANUSCRIPT & PROPOSAL REVIEWER
Associate Editor: Conservation Genetics
Reviewer: American Philosophical Society, Amphibia-Reptilia, Animal Conservation, Australian Journal of Zoology, Biological Conservation, Biological Invasions, BMC Ecology, Bulletin of Entomological Research, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Conservation Biology, Conservation Genetics, Frontiers in Zoology, Genetica, Ibis, Integrative Zoology, Journal of Experimental Zoology, Journal of Heredity, Journal of Mammalogy, Mammalian Biology, Medical Research Council, Mitochondrial DNA, Molecular Biology Reports, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, National Science Foundation, Ornitología Neotropical, PLoS One, Zoo Biology, Zootaxa
STUDENT MENTEES
Undergraduate:
N’Goundo Magassa, B.A., 2001; Kevin Lin, B.S., 2004; Rebecca Catapano-Friedman, B.S., 2005; Liza Young, B.S., 2006; Miles Farmer, B.S., 2007; Greg Mulvey, B.S., 2007; Chaz Hyseni, B.S., 2007; Danielle Lalonde, BSc Honours, 2008; Christine Braun, BSc, 2009; Dan Rissling, BSc, 2009; Zijan Sim, BSc Honours, 2011; Dave Donnelly, BSc Honours, 2011; Jeanette Madsen, BSc Honours, 2011; Clayton Lamb, BSc Honours, 2012.
Graduate:
Stephanie Kirk, MSc (2009); Philippe Henry, PhD (2011); Karen Frazer, MSc (2012); Matt Lemay, PhD; Evelyn Jensen, MSc; Kelsey Robson, MSc.
Post-Doctoral:
Anders Gonçalves da Silva, Claudia Hollatz
FUNDING
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Genome BC, British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society, National Geographic, Mohammed bin Zayed Conservation Fund, Environment Canada, British Columbia Ministry of Environment, BC Hydro
PUBLICATIONS (mentored students in bold)
PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES

48) Frazer, K. and M. Russello. Lack of parallel genetic patterns underlying the repeated ecological divergence of beach and stream spawning kokanee salmon. Journal of Evolutionary Biology (accepted; August 25, 2013).

47) Henry, P., and M. Russello. Adaptive population divergence along altitudinal gradients in the climate-change sensitive American pika. Ecology and Evolution(accepted; August 21, 2013).

46) Lamb, C., K. Robson and M. Russello. Development and application of a molecular sexing protocol in the climate change-sensitive American pika. Conservation Genetics Resources (accepted; August 19, 2013).

45) Lemay, M., P. Henry, C. Lamb, K. Robson and M. Russello. Novel genomic resources for a climate change sensitive mammal: Characterization of the American pika transcriptome. BMC Genomics 14:311 (11 pages).

44) Lemay, M., D. Donnelly, and M. Russello. 2013. Transcriptome-wide comparison of sequence variation in divergent ecotypes of kokanee salmon. BMC Genomics 14:308 (11 pages).

43) Edwards, D., E. Benavides, R. Garrick, J. Gibbs, M. Russello, et al. 2013. The genetic legacy of Lonesome George survives: giant tortoises with Pinta Island ancestry identified in Galápagos. Biological Conservation 157: 225-228.

42) Wenner, T., M. Russello and T. Wright. Cryptic species in a Neotropical parrot: genetic variation within the Amazona farinosa species complex and its conservation implications. Conservation Genetics 13: 1427-1433.

41) Henry, P., A. Henry and M. Russello. Variation in habitat characteristics of American pikas along an elevation gradient at their northern range margin. Northwest Science 86: 346-350.

40) Henry, P., Z. Sim and M. Russello. 2012. Genetic evidence for highly restricted dispersal along continuous altitudinal gradients in the climate-change sensitive American pika (Ochotona princeps). PLoS One 7:e390777

39) Lemay, M. and M. Russello. 2012. Genetic stock structure by geography, not ecotype, in Kootenay Lake kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka). North American Journal of Fisheries Management 32: 282-291.

38) Garrick, R., E. Benavides, M. Russello, et al. 2012. Genetic rediscovery of an ‘extinct’ Galápagos giant tortoise species’. Current Biology 22: R10–R11.

37) Poulakakis, N., M. Russello, D. Geist and A. Caccone. 2012. Unraveling the peculiarities of island life: vicariance, dispersal and the diversification of the extinct and extant giant Galápagos tortoises. Molecular Ecology 21:160-173.

36) Russello, M., S. Kirk, K. Frazer and P. Askey. 2012. Detection of outlier loci and their utility for fisheries management. Evolutionary Applications 5: 39-52.

35) Miño, C., I. Pollet, C. Bishop and M. Russello. 2011. Genetic mating system and population history of the red-listed Yellow-breasted chat (Icteria virens auricollis). Canadian Journal of Zoology 89:881-891.

34) Miño, C., M. Russello, P. Mussi Gonçalves and S. Del Lama. 2011. Reconstructing genetic mating system in the absence of parental information in colonially breeding waterbirds. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:196 (13 pages).

33) Benavides, E., M. Russello, D. Boyer, B. Wiese, B. Kajdacsi, L. Marquez, R. Garrick, A. Caccone. 2011. Lineage identification and genealogical relationships among captive Galápagos tortoises. Zoo Biology 30:1-14.

32) Henry, P., A. Henry and M. Russello. 2011. A noninvasive hair sampling technique to obtain high quality DNA from elusive small mammals. Journal of Visulaized Experiments 49.

31) Henry, P. and M. Russello. 2011. Obtaining high quality DNA from elusive small mammals using low-tech hair snares. European Journal of Wildlife Research.

30) Gonçalves da Silva, A. and M. Russello. 2011. iREL: software for implementing pairwise relatedness estimators and evaluating their performance. Conservation Genetics Resources 3: 69-71.

29) Russello, M., C. Stahala, D. Lalonde, K. Schmidt, and G. Amato. 2010. Cryptic diversity and conservation units in the Bahama parrot. Conservation Genetics 11: 1809–1821.

28) Gonçalves da Silva, A., K. Williams, S. Kirk, C. Bishop, K. Hodges, and M. Russello. 2010. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in two species-at-risk in British Columbia: Great Basin spadefoot (Spea intermontana) and Western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii). Conservation Genetics Resources 2: 37–40.

27) Wright, T., J. Eberhard, E. Moseman, M. Avery and M. Russello. 2010. Behavioral flexibility and species invasions: the adaptive flexibility hypothesis. Ethology, Ecology and Evolution 22: 393–404.

26) Gonçalves da Silva, A., J. Eberhard, T. Wright, M. Avery and M. Russello. 2010. Genetic evidence for high propagule pressure and long-distance dispersal in monk parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) invasive populations. Molecular Ecology 19: 3336-3350. [COVER]

25) Gonçalves da Silva, A., D. Lalonde, V. Quse, A. Shoemaker and M. Russello. 2010. Genetic approaches refine ex situ lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris) conservation. Journal of Heredity 101: 581-590.

24) Russello M., N. Poulakakis, J. Gibbs, W. Tapia, J. Powell and A. Caccone. 2010. DNA from the past informs ex situ conservation for the future: an “extinct” species of Galápagos tortoise identified in captivity. PLOS One 5: e8683.

23) Steinfartz, S., S. Glaberman, D. Lanterbecq, M. Russello, S. Rosa, T. Hanley, C. Marquez, H. Snell, H. Snell, G. Gentile, G. Dell’Olmo, A. Powell and A. Caccone. 2009. Progressive colonization and restricted gene flow shape island-dependent population structure in Galápagos marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus). BMC Evolutionary Biology 9: 297.

22) Gonçalves da Silva, A., D. Lalonde, and M. A. Russello. 2009. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in a Neotropical ungulate, the lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris). Conservation Genetics Resources 1: 39-40.

21) Henry, P., D. Miquelle, T. Sugimoto, D. McCullough, A. Caccone and M. A. Russello. 2009. In situ population structure and ex situ representation of the endangered Amur tiger. Molecular Ecology 18: 3173–3184.

20) Olson, M., R. Zajac and M. A. Russello. 2009. Estuarine-scale genetic variation in the polychaete Hobsonia florida in Long Island Sound and relationships to Pleistocene glaciations. Biological Bulletin 217: 86–94.

19) Poulakakis, N.*, S. Glaberman*, M. Russello*, L. Beheregeray, C. Ciofi, J. Powell and A. Caccone. 2008. Historical DNA analysis reveals living descendants of an extinct species of Galápagos tortoise. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States 105: 15464–15469.
*These authors contributed equally to this work.

18) Russello, M., M. Avery and T. Wright. 2008. Genetic evidence links invasive Monk parakeet populations in the United States to the international pet trade. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8: 217.

17) Russello, M., V. Saranathan, S. Burman, J. Eberhard and A. Caccone. 2008. Characterization of microsatellite loci in the invasive Monk parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus). Molecular Ecology Notes 7:990-992.

16) Parmakelis, A., M. Russello, A. Caccone, C. Marcondes Brisola, J. Costa, O. Forattini, M. Mureb Sallum, R. Wilkerson and J. Powell. 2008. Historical Analysis of a Near Disaster: Anopheles gambiae in Brazil. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 78:176-178.

15) Russello, M., L. Beheregeray, J. Gibbs, T. Fritts, N. Havill, J. Powell, and A. Caccone. 2007. Lonesome George is not alone among Galápagos tortoises. Current Biology 17:R317-318.

14) Russello, M. and G. Amato. 2007. On the horns of a dilemma: molecular approaches refine ex situ conservation in crisis. Molecular Ecology 16:2405-2406.

13) Russello, M., C. Hyseni, J. Gibbs, S. Cruz, C. Marquez, W. Tapia, P. Velensky, J. Powell and A. Caccone. Lineage identification of Galápagos tortoises in captivity worldwide. Animal Conservation 10:304-311.

12) Russello, M., P. Brazaitis, J. Gratten, G.J. Watkins-Colwell, and A. Caccone. 2007. Molecular assessment of the genetic integrity, distinctiveness and phylogeographic context of the Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) on Palau. Conservation Genetics 8:777-787.

11) Milinkovitch, M., D. Monteyne, M. Russello, J. Gibbs, H. Snell, W. Tapia, C. Marquez, A. Caccone and J. Powell. 2007. Giant Galápagos tortoises: molecular genetic analysis reveals contamination in a repatriation program of an endangered taxon. BMC Ecology 7:2.

10) Olson, M., R. Zajac, A. Caccone and M. Russello. 2006. Characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci for the polychaete tubeworm Hobsonia florida. Molecular Ecology Notes 6:390-392.

9) Russello, M., S. Glaberman, J. Gibbs, C. Marquez, J. Powell and A. Caccone. 2005. A cryptic taxon of Galápagos tortoise in conservation peril. Biology Letters 1:287-290.

8) Russello, M., K. Lin, A. Caccone and G. Amato. 2005. Additional microsatellite loci for the endangered St. Vincent parrot, Amazona guildingii. Conservation Genetics 6:643-645.

7) Russello, M., E. Gladyshev, D. Miquelle and A. Caccone. 2004. Potential genetic consequences of a recent bottleneck in the Amur Tiger of the Russian Far East. Conservation Genetics 5:707-713.

6) Russello, M. and G. Amato. 2004. Ex situ population management in the absence of pedigree information. Molecular Ecology 13:2829-2840.

5) Russello, M. and G. Amato. 2004. A molecular phylogeny of Amazona: implications for Neotropical parrot biogeography, taxonomy and conservation. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 30:421-437.

4) Russello, M. and G. Amato. 2001. Application of a non-invasive, PCR-based test for sex identification in an endangered parrot, Amazona guildingii. Zoo Biology 20:41-45.

3) Russello, M., D. Calcagnotto, R. DeSalle and G. Amato. 2001. Characterization of microsatellite loci in the endangered St. Vincent Parrot, Amazona guildingii. Molecular Ecology Notes 1:162-164.

2) Calcagnotto, D., M. Russello and R. DeSalle. 2001. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in Piaractus mesopotamicus and their applicability in other Serrasalminae fish. Molecular Ecology Notes 1:245-247.

1) Garcia-Guzman, M., F. Dolfi, M. Russello and K. Vuori. 1999. Cell Adhesion regulates the interaction between the docking protein p130Cas and the 14-3-3 proteins. Journal of Biological Chemistry 274: 5762-5768.

BOOK CHAPTERS
Ciofi, C., A. Caccone, L. Beheregeray, M. Milinkovitch, M. Russello and J. Powell. Genetics and conservation on islands: the Galápagos giant tortoise as a case study In: Population Genetics for Animal Conservation. Cambridge University Press, in press.
INVITED TALKS

Provincial Fisheries Meeting, Kelowna, BC, January 2012.

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, May 5, 2011

Plant and Animal Genome XVIII Conference, San Diego, CA, January 11, 2010

VII International Congress and the IV Symposium on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oct. 14, 2009

Biodiversity Research Centre, University of British Columbia, November 7, 2007

AGA Conservation Genetics Meeting, American Museum of Natural History, September 28, 2007

Celebrate Research Week, University of British Columbia Okanagan, March 7, 2007

Department of Biology, Binghamton University, February 23, 2006

Department of Biology, California State University-Fresno, February 17, 2006

Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, Yale University. December 9, 2005

Department of Biology, University of Vermont, November 14, 2005

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, United States Geological Survey, February 18, 2005

Northeast Utilities, Connecticut, February 7, 2005

Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, February 1, 2005

Department of Biology, Montclair State University, December 9, 2004

College of St. Vincent, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, March 29, 2003

Instituto Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo, September 10, 2002

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS 2002 - (mentored students in bold)

Russello, M., S. Kirk, K. Frazer, and P. Askey. 2011. Challenges and Opportunities for Genetics-Based Fisheries Management of Recently Diverged Stocks. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, USA.

Frazer, K., M. Lemay, P. Askey and M. Russello. 2011. Stream or Shore? Outlier Loci Distinguish Kokanee Ecotypes to Inform Fisheries Management. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, USA.

Henry, P. and M. Russello. 2011. Conservation Genomics of the America Pika. Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution, Banff, AB, Canada.

Frazer, K. and M. Russello. 2011. Parallel divergence of sympatric reproductive ecotypes of kokanee salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution, Banff, AB, Canada.

Henry, P. and M. Russello. Adaption to Climate Change: A Genetic Perspective from a Small Mammal in the Coast Mountains of BC. BC Studies Conference.

Russello, M. 2011. Challenges and Opportunities for Genetics-Based Fisheries Management of Recently Diverged Stocks. International Kokanee Workshop, Kelowna, BC, Canada.

Frazer, K., P. Askey and M. Russello. 2011. Using Adaptive Genetic Markers to Inform Kokanee Fisheries Management in Wood Lake. International Kokanee Workshop, Kelowna, BC, Canada.

Russello, M., C. Stahala, D. Lalonde, K. Schmidt, and G. Amato. 2010. Cryptic diversity and conservation units in the Bahama parrot. Joint Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society for Systematic Biology, Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA.

Henry, P. and M. Russello. 2010. Investigating the genetic basis of adaptation in American pikas. 1st North American Pika Conference, Teton Science Schools, Jackson, WY, USA.

Goncalves da Silva, A., T. Wright, J. Eberhard, M. Avery, and M. Russello. 2009. Genetics and behavior of an invasive species: Monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus). Joint Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society for Systematic Biology.

Kirk, S. and M. Russello. 2009. Outlier loci detection in two reproductive ecotypes of Okanagan Lake kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka). Joint Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society for Systematic Biology.

Lalonde, D., A. Goncalves da Silva, V. Quse, and M. Russello. 2009. Ex Situ Conservation Genetics of the Lowland Tapir (Tapirus terrestris) in Argentina. 4th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference – IKBSAS, Kelowna, BC, Canada.

Russello, M., A. Goncalves da Silva, M. Avery and T. Wright. 2008. Colonization and demographic history of the invasive Monk parakeet in the United States. Joint Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society for Systematic Biology.

Goncalves da Silva, A. and M. Russello. 2008. Evaluating Preservation and Extraction of DNA from Tapir Dung: Tools to Facilitate Conservation Genetic Studies from Non-Invasive Samples. Fourth International Tapir Symposium-IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group.
                                                              
Goncalves da Silva, A., V. Quse and M. Russello. 2008. Genetic Diversity and Management of a Captive Population of Lowland Tapir (Tapirus terrestris), in Argentina. Fourth International Tapir Symposium-IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group.
                                                              
Goncalves da Silva, A and M. Russello. 2008. Population genetics of the Monk parakeet in native and naturalized ranges: implications for invasion success'. Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Henry, P. and M. Russello. 2008. In situ and ex situ conservation genetics of the endangered Amur tige. Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Kirk, S. and M. Russello. 2008. Population genomics in species conservation: implications for Okanagan Lake kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka). Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Poulakakis, N., M. Russello, S. Glaberman and A. Caccone. 2007. Historical DNA analysis sheds light on the evolutionary history of the vulnerable Galápagos tortoise. Third International Conservation Genetics Symposium. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA.

Russello, M., A. Caccone, P. Brazaitis, and G. Watkins-Colwell. 2006. Population genetics of the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) in the Republic of Palau. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, New Orleans, Louisiana. Poster.

*Saranathan, V. and M. Russello. 2006. Molecular assessment of taxonomic and lineage diversity of the invasive Monk parakeet. Conserving Birds in Human-Dominated Landscapes. American Museum of Natural History. Poster.

Russello, M., S. Glaberman, J. Gibbs, C. Marquez, J. Powell and A. Caccone. 2005. A cryptic taxon of Galápagos tortoise in conservation peril. Evolution-Joint Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society for Systematic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Spoken.

*Catapano-Friedman, R., *L. Young, D. Miquelle, A. Caccone and M. Russello. 2005. Monitoring population dynamics of the endangered Amur tiger using molecular scatology. Evolution-Joint Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society for Systematic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Poster.

Russello, M., E. Gladyshev, D. Miquelle and A. Caccone. 2004. Potential genetic consequences of a recent bottleneck in the Amur Tiger of the Russian Far East. Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, Columbia University, New
York. Spoken.

Russello, M. and G. Amato. 2003. Molecular phylogenetics reveals taxonomic uncertainty and evolutionary novelty at risk in Amazona parrots. Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, Duluth. Spoken. Abstract.

Russello, M., R. DeSalle and G. Amato. 2002. Patterns of speciation and continental affinities of Antillean Amazona. Evolution-Joint Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society for Systematic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Spoken.

Russello, M. and G. Amato. 2002. Ex situ management in the absence of pedigree information: a conservation genetic strategy for Amazona guildingii. Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, University of Kent, Canterbury. Spoken. Abstract.

Willis, K., M. Russello and G. Amato. 2002. Incorporating DNA information into genetic management: cost-benefit considerations when assigning relatedness. Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, University of Kent, Canterbury. Poster. Abstract.