Dr Tanya Russell
BSC (UQ), PhD (UQ)
Principal Research Officer
School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences
(07) 54565415 (Australia)
+61 7 54565415 (International)
Tanya Russell a research scientist trained in Medical Entomology as well as Environmental Ecology. Her interests are to conduct applied research that aims to develop, evaluate and promote the delivery of mosquito control interventions that are affordable, effective and environmentally sound. Her research focus is to support vector control operations by understanding the population ecology of mosquito vectors and the impact of vector phenotypes on effectiveness of malaria control interventions. She has worked in Australia, Asia, The Pacific and Africa and her research lead directly to improved health outcomes of vulnerable communities through promotion of the most effective vector control tools, including long-lasting insecticidal bednets. Her continuing research aims to fill knowledge gaps with both empirical (field-based) and theoretical (modelling) support.
Research and Professional Interests
Malaria control and elimination
The ecology of mosquito vectors in the Asia-Pacific
Digital libraries and databases for ecological datasets
Modelling the spatial and temporal extent of malaria transmission
Basic biology of anophelines and other mosquitoes
There are many potential research projects and opportunities within the research areas listed above. Researchers at all levels (undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral) are welcome to contact Tanya and discuss projects that may either integrate with the projects mentioned above, or represent new areas of research.
2012-2016 : Dynamics of malaria transmission stages in host and vector: bottlenecks and their impact on transmission and parasite population diversity. National Health and Medical Research Council. (PI=Muller I).
2011 – 2012 : Malaria Transmission Consortium – Solomon Islands. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (PI=Burkot T).
2011 – 2012 : Vector Control Disease Network. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (PI=Burkot T)
2011 : Community acceptability of DuraLining. PNGIMR Internal Competitive Research Award Scheme (ICRAS) (PI=Hetzel M).
2011 : Research Incentive Scheme Award from the University of Queensland.
Russell TL, Lwetoijera DW, Knols BGJ, Takken W, Killeen GF, Ferguson HM. 2011. Linking individual phenotype to density-dependent population growth: the influence of body size on the population dynamics of malaria vectors. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 278:3142-3151.
Russell TL, Govella NJ, Azizi S, Drakeley CJ, Kachur SP, Killeen GF. 2011. Increased proportions of outdoor feeding among residual malaria vector populations following increased use of insecticide-treated nets in rural Tanzania. Malaria Journal. 10: 80.
Bugoro H, Cooper R, Butafa C, Iro'ofa C, Mackenzie D, Chen C-C, Russell TL. 2011. Bionomics of the malaria vector Anopheles farauti in Temotu Province, Solomon Islands: issues for malaria elimination. Malaria Journal. 10:133.
Bugoro, H., Hii, J., Russell, T.L., Cooper, R.D., Chan, B.K.K., Iro’ofa, C., Butafa, C., Apairamo, A., Bobogare, A., Chen, C.-C. 2011. Influence of environmental factors on the abundance of Anopheles farauti larvae in large brackish water streams in Northern Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. Malaria Journal. In Press.
Bugoro H, Iro'ofa C, Mackenzie D, Apairamo A, Hevalao W, Corcoran S, Bobogare A, Beebe N, Russell TL, Chen C-C, Cooper R: Changes in vector species composition and current vector biology and behaviour will favour malaria elimination in Santa Isabel Province, Solomon Islands. Malaria Journal 2011, 10(1):287.
Luz C, Mnyone LL, Russell TL: Survival of anopheline eggs and their susceptibility to infection with Metharizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana under laboratory conditions. Parasitology Research 2011, 109:751-758.
Russell, T.L., Lwetoijera, D.W., Maliti, D., Chipwaza, B., Kihonda, J., Charlwood, J.D., Smith, T.A., Lengeler, C., Mwanyangala, M.A., Nathan, R., Knols, B.G.J., Takken, W. and Killeen, G.F. 2010. Impact of promoting longer-lasting insecticide treatment of bednets upon malaria transmission in a rural Tanzanian setting with pre-existing high coverage of untreated nets. Malaria Journal. 9: 187.
Luz, C., Mnyone, L.L., Sangusangu, R., Lyimo, I.N., Rocha, L.F.N., Humber, R.A., Russell, T.L. 2010. A new resting trap to sample fungus-infected mosquitoes, and the pathogenicity of Lecanicillium muscarium to culicid adults. Acta Tropica. 116: 105-107.
Mnyone, L.L., Kirby, M.J., Lwetoijera, D.W., Mpingwa, M.W., Simfukwe, E.T., Knols, B.G.J., Takken, W. and Russell, T.L. 2010. Tools for delivering entomopathogenic fungi to malaria mosquitoes: effects of delivery surfaces on fungal efficacy and persistence. Malaria Journal, 9: 246.
Mnyone, L.L., Koenraadt, C.J.M., Lyimo, I.N., Mpingwa, M.W., Takken, W. and Russell, T.L. 2010. Anopheline and culicine mosquitoes are not repelled by surfaces treated with the entomopathogenic fungi Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana. Parasites & Vectors, 3: 80.
Lwetiojera, D.W., Sumaye, R.D., Madumla, E.P., Kavishe, D.R., Mnyone, L.L., Russell, T.L., Okumu, F.O. 2010. An extra-domicilary method for delivering entomopathogenic fungi, Metarhizium anisopliae IP 46 against malaria vectors, Anopheles arabiensis. Parasites & Vectors, 3: 18.
Ogoma, S.B., Lwetoijera, D.W. Ngonyani, H., Furrer, B., Russell, T.L., Mukabana, W.R., Killeen, G.F. and Moore, S.J. 2010. Screening mosquito house entry points as a potential tool for integrated control of endophagic filariasis, arboviruses and malaria vectors. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 4: e773.
Mnyone, L.L., Kirby, M.J., Mpingwa, M.W., Knols, B.G.J., Takken, W., Koenraadt, C.J.M. and Russell, T.L. 2010. Infection of Anopheles gambiae with entomopathogenic fungi: effect of host age and blood-feeding status. Journal of Parasitology Research, 107: 1-16.
Russell, T.L., Kay, B.H. and Skilleter, G.A. 2009. Environmental impacts of insecticides on saltmarsh invertebrate communities. Aquatic Biology. 6: 77-90.
Russell, T.L., Gatton, M.L., Ryan, P.A., and Kay, B.H. 2009. Quality assurance of aerial applications of larvicides for mosquito control: effects of granule and catch tray size on field monitoring programs. Journal of Economic Entomology. 102: 507-514.
Russell, T.L. and Hale, P.T. 2009. Conservation of the false water rat (Xeromys myoides) depends on landscape complementation. Australian Mammalogy. 31: 81-87.
Mnyone, L.L., Russell, T.L., Lyimo, I.N., Lwetoijera, D.W., Kirby, M.J. and Luz, C. 2009. First report of Metarhizium anisopliae IP 46 pathogenicity in adult Anopheles gambiae s.s. and An. arabiensis (Diptera: Culicidae). Parasites & Vectors. 2: 59.
Mnyone, L.L., Kirby, M.J., Lwetoijera, D.W., Mpingwa, M.W., Knols, B.G.J., Takken, W. and Russell, T.L. 2009. Infection of the malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae s.s., with two species of entomopathogenic fungi: effects of concentration, co-formulation, exposure time and persistence. Malaria Journal. 8: 309.
Russell, T.L. and Kay, B.H. 2008. Biologically-based insecticides for the control of immature Australian mosquitoes – A review. Australian Journal of Entomology. 47: 232-242.
Ferguson, H.M., Ng’habi, K.R., Walder, T., Kadungula, D., Moore. S.J., Lyimo, I., Russell, T.L., Urassa, H. Mshinda, H., Killeen, G.F., Knols, B.G.J. 2008. Establishment of a large semi-field system for experimental study of African malaria vector ecology and control in Tanzania. Malaria Journal. 7: 158.
Presentations and Conference Papers
May 2011 - Invited speaker: 3rd Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network Conference, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 8-9 May.
Sep 2010 - Speaker: 9th Mosquito Control Association of Australia Conference, Caloundra, Australia, 12-15 September.
Jul 2008- Speaker: International Congress of Entomology, Durban, South Africa. 6-12 July.