Research profile

Dr Tanya Russell is an experienced vector biologist specializing in managing large scale field studies focusing on the underlying dynamics, control and surveillance of vector borne diseases. She has over 14 years of research experience in Africa and the South-West Pacific managing entomological and epidemiological field trials. Dr Russell has excellent leadership, staff management, strategic planning, communications skills and has the capacity to deliver translational research outcomes. Her extensive research focused on the effectiveness of long-lasting insecticidal nets for malaria control has provided essential information to support the continued use of this tool, despite concerns about recent increases in malaria transmission rates. Her publications have directly influence policy development and malaria program reviews in the Solomon Islands. Dr Russell has an extensive network of national and international research collaborators. Her field based research is always embedded with appropriate community support. The end-users are vector control management programs and higher level policy development. Dr Russell has 50+ publications, reviews for various international journals, acts as an Associate Editor for Parasites & Vectors and supervises higher degree research students.

Find out more about our research group here: https://www.aithm.jcu.edu.au/research/research-projects-and-groups/mosquito-borne-diseases-group/

Postgraduate opportunities

Our research group is very international and multidisciplinary. Potential Honours, MSc and PhD candidates are welcomed to join us. For possible scholarships and other funding opportunities (internal and external), see JCU’s scholarships database.

Postgraduate (PhD and MSc)

Students interested in undertaking a PhD or Masters project should contact Tanya to discuss potential projects. Funding can be applied for through the Research Training Program (RTP), the James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarships, or an equivalent national or international scheme. Information and application forms can be obtained from the Graduate Research School. Closing Dates: 30th September of each year.

Potential projects include:

Where and when human-mosquito interactions occur: a basis for understanding residual malaria transmission

Bionomics of malaria vectors for P. knowlesi transmission in Indonesia


Students who have completed their BSc or equivalent and are interested in a Honours are encouraged to contact Tanya for potential projects. Honours studies can start in either February or August.

  • The underlying broad-scale ecological process influencing malaria and dengue transmission
  • Support evidence-based control of malaria and dengue vectors
  • To improve vector surveillance systems in malaria endemic countries
  • 2011 to present - Principal Research Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns and Solomon Islands)
  • 2010 to 2011 - Senior Research Fellow, University of Queensland (Vanuatu and Solomon Islands)
  • 2009 - Research Fellow, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania)
  • 2007 to 2008 - Research Fellow, University of Durham (Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania)
  • 2003 to 2006 - PhD Research Student, Queensland Institute of Medical Research (Brisbane)
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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 55+ research outputs authored by Dr Tanya Russell from 2008 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Ecological Investigations and Control of Mosquito Disease Vectors (Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus) in the Torres Strait (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Larval density and adult fitness in Anopheles farauti: Towards understanding how larval control may impact transmission by adults (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • When World's Collide: Where and When Anophelines and Humans Interact Impacts Malaria Transmission (2020, PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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