Steve Russell left school in 1976 and began his career in science as a laboratory junior in the toxicology department of a pharmaceutical company researching novel blood products until 1983. Steve joined the Museum’s Botany department in 1983 as an Assistant Scientific Officer, and is now the Senior Laboratory Manager of the Museum Molecular Biology labs.
Steve is a named author on over 40 peer reviewed papers where he has applied his extensive knowledge of laboratory method to study plants across the plant kingdom. His particular interest is the development of laboratory methods and their application to studies of plants.
As Senior Laboratory Manager (SLM) for the Molecular Biology Laboratories Steve has financial and managerial responsibility for the safe and effective running of all Molecular Laboratories in the Natural History Museum. By so doing his aim is to provide, develop and manage state of the art molecular facilities for molecular research at the NHM in line with the objectives of molecular research funded by internal or external sources.
1983 HNC Applied Biology, Luton TEC college
1981 ONC Applied Biology, Luton TEC college
2009 - Current Senior Laboratory Manager (Band3), Molecular Biology Labs Zoology
2003 - 2009 Laboratory Manager (Merit promotion Band 3), Botany
Responsible for all aspects of managing and organisation of the Botany Departments laboratories including resource , purchasing and management of research budgets. Departmental Health and Safety co-ordinator. Teaching staff, students and visitors in a range of laboratory methods. Representative for Entomology and Botany on all aspects of DC2 lab planning and design. Member of senior staff administration team. Participant in a range of department lab based projects primarily concerned with data production. Strong personal interest in developing methods and techniques both to increase data output and enable molecular extraction from the Departments collections regardless of age and state of preservation
1996 - 2003 Laboratory Manager (Band 4), Botany Department
Responsibility for all the Botany labs including: ordering and managing research budgets. Refurbishment and organisation of staff and lab space. Active research role. Increased involvement in a range of staff projects. Teaching staff in range of laboratory method. Sys- Resource/ student responsibilities.
1987 - 1996 Higher Scientific Officer, Botany Department
Assumed responsibility for all Botany Dept labs including ordering , H&S dept co-ordinator.
Responsible as a primary data producer for projects in the Botany labs.
1984 - 1987 Scientific Officer, Botany Department
Dept H&S representative, continuation of Lab support to senior staff. Cytogenetic methods, DNA methods, sequencing.
1983 - 1984 Assistant Scientific Officer, Botany Department
Lab support to senior staff. Employing electrophoresis method, Histochemical staining,
Pollen growth studies. Diatom sample preparation. Selected and strewn slide preparation for Collections. SEM studies
1981 - 1983 Laboratory Technician. Weddel Pharmaceuticals
Novel drug development screening, In Vitro drug potency assays.
1979 - 1981 Junior Laboratory Technician. Weddel Pharmaceuticals
Training in basic lab duties, assisting senior staff with experimental assays.
My role as Senior Laboratory Manager (SLM) is to have financial and managerial responsibility for the safe and effective running of all Molecular Laboratories in the Natural History Museum. The aim is to provide and manage state of the art labs to facilitate molecular research in line with Museum objectives and those of the scientists and research funded by internal or external sources. As SLM I head up a team of skilled technical staff and experienced lab managers and have overall responsibility of delegating tasks and overseeing activity to achieve the following goals:
Grundmann, M., Rumsey, F.J., Ansell, S.W., Russell, S.J., Darwin, S.C., Vogel, J.C., Spencer, M., Squirrell, J., Hollingsworth, P.M., Ortiz, S., Schneider, H. (2010). Phylogeny and taxonomy of the bluebell genus Hyacinthoides, Asparaganaceae (Hyacinthaceae). Taxon. 59 (1). 68-82.
Hunt, H.V., Ansell, S.W., Russell, S.J., Schneider, H., vogel, J.C. (2010). Genetic diversity and phylogeography in two diploid ferns, Asplenium fontanum subsp. Fontanum and A. Ptrarchae subsp. Bivalens, in the western Meditteranean. Molecular Ecology. 18 (23). 4940-4954.
Strickland-Constable, R., Schneider, H., Ansell, S.W., Russell, S.J., Knapp, S. (2010). Species identity in the Solanum bahamense species group (Solanaceae, Solanum subgenus Leptostemonum). Taxon. 59(1). 209-226.
Ansell, S.W., Steoien, H.K., Grundmann, M., Schneider, H., Hemp, A., Bauer, N., Russell, S.J., Vogel, J.C. (2010). Population structure and historical biogeography of European Arabidopsis Lyrata. Heredity 1-11.
Olsson, S., Rumsey, F., Grundmann, M., Russell, S., Enroth, J., Quandt, D. (2009). The origin of the British and Macaronesian endemic Thamnobryum species (Neckeraceae). Journal of Bryology. 31, 1-10.
Walker R.H., Brodie, J., Russell, S., & Irvine, L.M. (2009). The taxonomy and biodiversity of geniculate algae in the northeastern Atlantic: Corallina caespitose sp.nov. (Corallinoideae, Rhodophyta). Journal of Phycology 45, 287-297.
Brodie, J., Mortensen,A.M., Ramirez, M.E., Russell, S & Rinkel, B. (2008). Making the links: towards a global taxonomy for the red algal genus Porphyra (Bangiales, Rhodophyta). Journal of Applied Phycology 20, 939-944.
Juliet Brodie, Linda Irvine and Stephen Russell. (2007) Typification of Ulva umbilicalis Linnaeus and Porphyra umbilicalis Kutzing (Rhodophyta, Bangiaceae) with a molecular and morphological redescription of the species. Taxon 57 (4), 1328-1331.
James, KE, Schneider, H, Ansell, SW, Evers, M, Robba, L, Pedersen, N, Newton, A, Russell, S.J, Vogel, JC, Kilian A. DArT for pan-genomic evolutionary studies of non-model organisms.
Ansell, SW, Grundmann, M, Russell, S.J, Schneider, H, Vogel, JC. (2008). Genetic discontinuity, breeding system change and population history of Arabis alpina L. in the Italian Peninsular and adjacent Alps. Molecular Ecology 17, 2245-2257.
Grundmann, M, Ansell, SW, Russell, S.J, Koch, MA, Vogel, JC (2008). Hot-spots of diversity in a clonal world – The Mediterranean moss Pleurochaete squarrosa in Central Europe.
Molecular Ecology 17, 825-838.
Ansell, SW, Schneider, H, Pedersen, N, Grundmann, M, Russell, S.J, Vogel, JC
Recombination diversifies duplicated chloroplast trnF pseudogenes in Arabidopsis lyrata (L.) (2007). Journal of Evolutionary biology. 20, 2400-2411.
Grundmann, M, Ansell, SW, Russell, S.J, Koch, MA, Vogel, JC (2007). Genetic structure of the widespread and common Mediterranean bryophyte Pleurochaete squarrosa (Brid.) Lindb. (Pottiaceae) – evidence from nuclear and plastidic DNA sequence variation and allozymes. Molecular Ecology, 16,709-722.
CARINE, M.A., ROBBA, L., LITTLE, R., RUSSELL, S.J. AND SANTOS GUERRA, A. (2007). Molecular and morphological evidence for hybridization between endemic Canary Island Convolvulus. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 154: 187-204.
Juliet Brodie., Russell S.J., and Robba.L. (2006) Assessing the use of the Mitochondrial COX1 marker for use in DNA barcoding of Red Algae (Rhodophyta). American Journal of Botany 93: 1101-1108.
Grundmann, M.; Schneider, H.; Russell, S.J.; Vogel, J.C. 2006 Phylogenetic relationships of the moss genus Pleurochaete Lindb. (Bryales: Pottiaceae) based on chloroplast and nuclear genomic markers. Organisms Diversity and Evolution, 6, 33-45.
F.Rumsey, S.Russell and Elinor Wiltshire. (2006). A preliminary molecular investigation to characterize and identify Fulham oaks, their progeny and related cultivars in London. The London Naturalist 85: 39-49.
Pedersen, N, Russell, SJ, Newton, AE, Ansell, SW (2006). A novel molecular protocol for the rapid extraction of DNA from bryophytes and the utility of direct amplification of DNA from a single dwarf male.Bryologist,109,257-264.
Meredith M.Thomas, Nancy C.Garwood, William J.Baker, Sally A. Henderson, Stephen J.Russell, Donald R.Hodel, Richard M.Bateman. (2006). Molecular phylogeny of the palm genus Chamaedorea, based on the low-copy nuclear genes PRK and RPB2.
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 38: 398-415.
L. ROBBA, M. A. CARINE , S. J. RUSSELL & F. M. RAIMONDO (2005) The monophyly and evolution of Cynara L. (Asteraceae) sensu lato: evidence from the Internal Transcribed Spacer region of nrDNA and morphology. Plant Systematics and Evolution 253 (1-4): 53-64.
Rumsey,F.J, J.A.Barrett., M.Gibby.,S.Russell. & J.C.Vogel. (2005) Reproductive strategies and population structure in the endangered Pteridophyte Trichomanes speciosum. Fern Gazette 17: 205-215.
Schneider, H.; Ranker, T.A.; Russell, S.J.; Cranfill, R.; Geiger, J.M.O.; Aguraiuja, R.; Wood, K.R.; Grundmann, M.; Kloberdanz, K.; Vogel, J.C. 2005 Origin of the endemic fern genus Diellia coincides with the renewal of Hawaiian terrestrial life in the Miocene. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 272, 455-460.
C.Yesson, S.J.Russell, T.Parrish, J.W.Dalling, and N.C.Garwood. (2004) Phylogenetic Framework for Trema (Celtidaceae). Plant Systematics and Evolution 248: 85-109.
CARINE, M. A., FRANCISCO-ORTEGA, J., SANTOS-GUERRA, A. AND RUSSELL. S. J. (2004). Relationships of island and continental floras: molecular evidence for multiple colonisations into Macaronesia and subsequent back-colonisation of the continent in Convolvulus L. American Journal of Botany 91: 1070-1085.
Schneider, H, Russell,S.J, Cox,C., Bakker,F., Henderson,S., Rumsey.F.J., Barrett,J.A., Gibby,M. & Vogel, J.C. (2004). Chloroplast phylogeny of asplenioid ferns based on rbcl and trnl-F spacer sequences (polypodiidae,Aspleniaceae) and its implications for the biogeography of these ferns. Systematic Botany 29: 260-274.
Rumsey, F.J., Russell,S.J., Schafer,H.& Rasbach. (2004). Distribution, Ecology and cytology of Asplenium azoricum Lovis, Rasbach & Richstein (Aspleniaceae,Pteridophyta) and its hybrids. American Fern Journal 94: 113-125.
Polyploidy, phytogeography,of rock fern A.ceterach. Molecular Ecology. [In Press]
Evolution of spines and the taxonomic status of convolvulus L. section Acanthocladii Boiss.: preliminary results from the ITS 2 region of nrDNA. Carine. M.A., Alexander. J.M. & Russell. S. J. (2003) Bocconea 16 (2): 703-710.
Phylogenetic and biosystematic relationships in four highly disjunct polyploid complexes in the subgenera Ceterach and Phyllitis in Asplenium (Aspleniaceae) with special emphasis on the evolution and historical biogeography of Macaronesian Ceterach . Pinter.I., Bakker.F., Cox.C., Gibby.M., Henderson. S., Morgan-Richards.M., Rumsey. F., Russell.S., Trewick.S., Schneider.S. & Vogel.J. (2002) Organisms, Diversity & Evolution. 2 issue 4: 299-311.
A Study of genetic variation in the threatened hepatic Petalophyllum ralfsii (Wils.) Nees. And Gottsche (Fossombroniaceae). Frederich J. Rumsey., Johannes C. Vogel & Stephen J. Russell. 2001. Conservation Genetics 2: pp271-277.
A Rapid PCR Based Method to Establish the Potential for Paternal Inheritance of Chloroplasts in Pelargonium. Celia M. James., John. A. Barrett., Stephen J. Russell and Mary Gibby. 2001. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. 19: pp163-167.
Vogel, J.C., Rumsey,F.J., Russell, S.J., Holmes, J.S., Cox, C., Bujnoch, W., Stark, C., Barett, J.A & Gibby, M. 1999. Genetic structure, reproductive biology and ecology in isolated populations of Asplenium csiki (Aspleniaceae, Pteridophyta). Heredity 83: 604-612. (C) [SPIS 94]
Rumsey, F.J., Vogel, J.C., Russell, S.J., Barrett, J.A. & Gibby, M. 1999. Population structure and conservation biology of the endangered fern Trichomanes speciosum Willd. (Hymenophyllaceae) at its northern distributional limit.
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 66: 333 - 344. (C) [SPIS 278]
Vogel, J. Chr., Russell, S.J., Rumsey, F.J., Barrett, J.A. & Gibby, M. 1998. On hybrid formation in the rock fern asplenium x alternifolium (Aspleniaceae, Pteridophyta). Botanica Acta 111 (3): 241- 246. (C) [SPIS 94]
Vogel, J.C., Russell, S.J., Rumsey, F.J., Barrett, J.A.. & Gibby, M. 1998. Evidence for Maternal Transmission of Chloroplast DNA in the Genus Asplenium (Aspleniaceae, Pteridophyta).
Botanica Acta 111 (3): 247 -249. (C ) [SPIS 94]
Rumsey, F.J., Vogel, J.C., Russell, S.J., Barrett, J.A. & Gibby, M. 1998. Climate, colonisation and Celibacy: Population Structure in Central European Trichomanes speciosum (Pteridophyta).
Botanica Acta 111 (6): 481 - 489. (C ) [SPIS 278]
Vogel, J.C., Rumsey, F.J., Schneller, J.J., Russell, S.J.,Holmes, J.S., Barrett, J.A. & Gibby.M. 1998. The origin, status and distribution of Asplenium presolanense spec. nov. (Aspleniaceae, Pteridophyta).
Botanica Helvetica 108: 269 -288. (C) [SPIS 94]
Helgason. T., Russell. S.J., Monro.A.K. & Vogel. J.C. 1996. What is mahogany? The importance of a taxonomic framework for conservation. 1996. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 122: 47 - 59.
Genetic variation in the endangered filmy fern Trichomanes speciosum Willd. Frederick J. Rumsey., Stephen J. Russell., Junxia Ji., John A. Barrett and Mary Gibby. 1996.
In: J.M.Camus, M.Gibby and R.J.Johns (eds). Pteridology in perspective: pp161-165, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Ji, J., Russell, S.J., Gibby. M., Vogel. J.C., Sheffield. E. & Peng. H. 1994. A technique for the investigation of genetic variation in filamentous gametophytes of Trichomanes (Hymenophyllaceae). American Fern Journal 84(4): 126 - 130.
A molecular phylogeny of the British species of Callithamnion based on restriction site data. 1994. Bhoday.R., Russell.S.J., Price.J.H., Scholfield.C.I. & Gacesa.P. Biochemical Society Transactions. 22: p360
John. D.M., Bhoday. R., Russell. S.J., Johnson. L.R. & Gacesa. P. 1993. A molecular and morphological analysis of Microthamnion (Chlorophyta, Microthamniales). Archiv fur Protisten Kunde 143: 33-39.
Russell. S.J. 1993. Mounting techniques for the preservation and analysis of diatoms. Bulletin of the Natural History Museum. (Botany). 23(1): 51-54.
A pilot-study for DNA research into genetic diversity in Mahogany Swietenia macrophylla King, Meliaceae. 1993. Blackmore.S and Russell. S.J. In Rogers A.D.F., Sutton. D.A. & Stafford. P.J. eds. The Joint Services Scientific Expedition to the Upper Raspaculo River, Belize. Central America. Annex C:pp 1-8
RFLP's of enzymatically-amplified small sub-unit r-RNA coding regions from Gracilaria and Gracilariopsis (Rhodophyta). A rapid method for assessing species limits. 1992. Scholfield. C.I., Gacesa.P., Price. J.H., Russell.S.J. & Bhoday.R. Journal of Applied Phycology. 3: pp329-334.
Russell. S.J. 1989. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoretic characterization of isoenzymes in the marine algal genus Callithamnion. Electrophoresis 10: 771 - 775.
Glass Slide preservation of SEM mounted diatoms. Russell. S.J. 1989. Journal of the International Society for Diatom Research. 4: (2) pp 401-402.
Indications of species status from total protein signatures in Callithamnion (Ceramiaceae). 1986. Price. J.H., Pettitt. J.M. & Russell. S.J. Hydrobiologia 151/152: pp 213-220.