Dr Tanya Russell is formally trained in both ecology and public health, and her research aims to enrich the field of medical entomology by bridging the gap between these two disciplines. Her research has advanced our understanding about the manner in which mosquito populations interact with vector control tools world-wide. Her publications are focused on supporting vector control operations by understanding the population ecology of mosquito vectors as well as the effectiveness of current and novel interventions under realistic field conditions. Dr Russell couples the field research with modelling support through involvement in the Vector Ecology and Control Network (VECNet).

Outcomes from Dr Russell's research in both Africa and the Pacific demonstrate that long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS) alone are insufficient to eliminate malaria. This is due to mosquitoes being able to circumvent control measures by feeding on humans outdoors or early in the evenings when they aren’t protected by traditional control tools. Dr Russell's research has also demonstrated that malaria transmission is spatially heterogeneous and that complementary vector control tools could be most effectively targeted to households on the periphery of villages. Dr Russell works closely with Vector Borne Disease Control Programs to provide the technical support required for both policy change and the implementation of effective malaria control programs.

  • The underlying broad-scale ecological process influencing malaria transmission
  • Understanding the ecology and behaviour of disease transmitting mosquitoes
  • Creating a digital library to support the analytical modelling of malaria transmission
  • 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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National Institutes of Health - RO1

International Centres of Excellence in Malaria Research

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$466,102 over 5 years (administered by Case Western Reserve University)
The ICEMR for the Southwest Pacific is studying the biology of malaria vectors and parasites and how these populations change under the selective pressure of malaria control interventions. The work is being carried out in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
Tom Burkot, Tanya Russell, Nigel Beebe and James Kazura (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, The University of Queensland and Case Western Reserve University)
Malaria; Solomon Islands

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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.

  • When World's Collide: Where and When Anophelines and Humans Interact Impacts Malaria Transmission (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Larval density and adult fitness in Anopheles farauti: Towards understanding how larval control may impact transmission by adults (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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