Gareth J. Russell, PhD, is an assistant professor in the department of biological sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology whose research is driven in large part by an intense interest in how complex ecological systems work. This interest manifests itself in a variety of specific research activities. One such activity involves the colonial wading birds of south Florida, and of Everglades National Park in particular. There are two main themes. One is analysis of the wading bird distribution data collected by the systematic reconnaissance flights. Another interest is information-based statistics in ecology, likelihood and Bayesian methods for estimating survivorship and related curves, small-world and other network models as they apply to ecological systems.
Funding & Awards
External examiners’ special prize for undergraduate project.
Christopher Welch Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Zoology (declined in favour of a position at the University of Tennessee).
Charles Elton award from the Journal of Animal Ecology for best paper by a young author (1995).
Contract from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (UK) to the University of Tennessee (with Stuart L. Pimm as principal investigator), for research into the dynamics of small populations and communities with emphasis on prediction of times to extinction. £7000 ($10 500).
Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Professional Promise (1996).
Science Alliance awards for excellence in research ($1000 in 1994, $3000 in 1996).
Science Alliance permanent stipend upgrade.
Numerous graduate teaching assistantships.
Postdoctoral research position, from a proposal submitted initially to NCEAS, then to CPB. Research involves the synthesis of population-level and community-level models of species appearance and disappearance, and development of improved methods for estimating times to extinction. Two years of postdoctoral salary plus travel allowance.
NCEAS Working Group Sampling Curves in Ecology: Theory and Application. With Michael McKinney of the University of Tennessee. $75,000.
Grant from the National Park Service to analyse the spatiotemporal dynamics of wading birds in Everglades National Park, using survey data from the last 10–15 years. With Stuart Pimm of the University of Tennessee. $50 000.
Grant from the National Park Service to analyse current and historical breeding data on wading birds in South Florida. With Stuart Pimm of the University of Tennessee. $100,000.
RUSSELL, G. J. (1998) Turnover dynamics across ecological and geological scales. Pages 377–404 in Biodiversity Dynamics: Turnover of Populations, Taxa and Communities (M. L. McKinney and J. A. Drake, eds.). Columbia University Press, Columbia, NY.