Mike Russello

Associate Professor
Department of Biology
The University of British Columbia
Okanagan Campus
3333 University Way, FIP346
Kelowna, British Columbia V1V 1V7
Phone: (250) 807-8762
Fax: (250) 807-8005

Michael A. Russello, PhD
2003 Doctor of Philosophy (with distinction)
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Columbia University
2002 Advance Certificate in Environmental Policy
Columbia University
1997 Bachelor of Arts, Biology cum laude
University of San Diego
2015 - Associate Head (Graduate Studies & Research)
  Biology, University of British Columbia (Okanagan)
2013 Sarah & Daniel Hrdy Fellow of Conservation Biology
  Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
2011- Associate Professor (tenure)
  Biology, University of British Columbia (Okanagan)
2008-2009 Acting Director
  Centre for Species at Risk and Habitat Studies,
  University of British Columbia (Okanagan)
2006-2011 Assistant Professor
  Biology, University of British Columbia (Okanagan)
2003-2006 Postdoctoral Fellow
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
1998-2003 Doctoral Fellow
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Columbia University
Seletcted affiliations
  • Associate Editor, Conservation Genetics
  • Associate Editor, PLoS ONE
  • Member, COSEWIC Amphibians & Reptiles Specialist Subcommittee
  • Member, Biodiversity Research Centre (UBC)
  • Member, The Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services (UBCO)
Selected funding sources
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Canadian Foundation for Innovation
  • Genome British Columbia
  • National Geographic Society
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
Selected recent publications
  • Russello, M., M. Waterhouse, P. Etter and E. Johnson (2015) From promise to practice: pairing non-invasive sampling with genomics in conservation. PeerJ 3: e1106 (18 pages).
  • Lemay, M. and M. Russello (2015) Genetic evidence for early ecological divergence in kokanee. Molecular Ecology 24: 798–811.
  • Jensen, E., W. Tapia, A. Caccone and M. Russello (2015) Genetics of a head-start program to guide conservation of an endangered Galápagos tortoise (Chelonoidis ephippium). Conservation Genetics 16: 823-832.
  • Milián-García, Y., R. Ramos-Targarona, E. Pérez-Fleitas, G. Sosa-Rodríguez, L. Guerra-Manchena, M. Alonso-Tabet, G. Espinosa-López and M. Russello (2015) Genetic evidence of hybridization between the critically endangered Cuban crocodile and the American crocodile: implications for population history and in situ/ex situ conservation. Heredity 114: 272–280
  • Garrick, R., E. Benavides, M. Russello, C. Hyseni, D. Edwards, J. Gibbs, W. Tapia, C. Ciofi and A. Caccone (2014) Lineage fusion in Galápagos giant tortoises. Molecular Ecology 23: 5276-5290.
  • Russello, M. and G. Amato (2014) Operationalism matters in conservation: comments on Frankham et al. (2012). Biological Conservation 170:332-333.
Dr. Russello on Espanola Island