Russell Minton

  • Associate Professor
    Biology Department

I'm a snail systematist whose educational and academic pursuits continue to take me alternatively north and south (Wisconsin to Alabama to Illinois to Louisiana to Texas to Pennsylvania). I'm a molecular biologist by training, a zoologist by experience, and a font of useless knowledge by osmosis.

Away from campus I enjoy birdwatching, cooking, attending sporting events, being outside, and traveling (especially cruises).

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 122 Molecular and Cell Biology
  • BIOL 123 Molecular and Cell Biology Lab
  • BIOL 232 Human Genetics
  • BIOL 290 Research Methods in Biology
  • BIOL 373 Cell Biochemistry
  • BIOL 374 Cell Biochemistry Lab

Educational History

  • University of Alabama, Ph.D. Biology (Ecology and Systematics), 2001.
  • University of Wisconsin Parkside, M.S. Applied Molecular Biology, 1997.
  • University of Wisconsin Parkside, B.S. Biology, 1994.

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Biology, Gannon University, 2018-present.
  • Associate Professor of Biology, University of Houston Clear Lake, 2014-2018.
  • Associate Professor of Biology, University of Louisiana at Monroe, 2009-2014.
  • Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Louisiana at Monroe, 2003-2009.
  • Post-doctoral researcher, Field Museum of Natural History, 2002-2003.

Professional Societies

  • Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Science
  • Texas Academy of Science

Publications

Recent publications:

  • Shepard BRE, Minton RL (2019) Environmental factors do not significantly contribute to shell shape in the Sprite Elimia, Elimia proxima (Gastropoda: Pleuroceridae). Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences 93:1-12.
  • Medellin AA, Minton RL (2019) Biology of the perforate dome snail, Ventridens demissus (Binney, 1843) (Gastropoda: Zonitidae) from Seabrook, Texas. Texas Journal of Science 71:1.
  • Minton RL, Hart KC, Fiorillo RA, Brown CG (2018) Correlates of snail shell variation along a unidirectional freshwater gradient in Lithasia geniculata (Haldeman, 1840) (Caenogastropoda: Pleuroceridae) from the Duck River, Tennessee, USA. Folia Malacologica 26:95-102.
  • Minton RL, Beasley RR, Lance SL, Perez KE (2017) Development, characterization, and utility of 13 polymorphic microsatellite loci in Praticollela species from south Texas, USA. American Malacological Bulletin 35:158-162.
  • Minton RL, McGregor BL, Hayes DM, Paight CJ, Inoue K (2017) Genetic structuring in the Pyramid Elimia, Elimia potosiensis (Gastropoda: Pleuroceridae), with implications for pleurocerid conservation. Zoosystematics and Evolution 93:437-449.
  • Perez KE, Ruiz E, Martinez Cruz M, Minton RL (2017) A new species of south Texas scrubsnail, Praticolella (von Martens, 1892) (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Polygyridae). Nautilus 131:67-75.
  • Minton RL, Harris PM, North E, Do VT (2017) Diversity and taxonomy of Vietnamese Pollicaria (Gastropoda, Pupinidae). Zoosystematics and Evolution 93:95-104.

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Scholarship/Research

My research deals broadly with questions of mollusk evolution and ecology, focused primarily on freshwater and land snails. I am especially interested in projects addressing taxonomy and systematics using morphological and molecular data. I am fortunate to have had the freedom to develop a diverse research program that allows my students, colleagues, and me to pursue a variety of interesting avenues. Projects that I am actively engaged in contain portions appropriate for undergraduate involvement. If you want to work with me, please let me know!

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