Russell Benford, Ph.D.
Russell Benford is a behavioral ecologist interested in
the conservation and management of terrestrial wildlife species. He uses
observational and molecular techniques to better understand the
dispersal and migratory habits, landscape and habitat use, genetic
structure, and social organization of free-living birds and mammals. He
and his students currently study a variety of imperiled island endemic
species in the western Pacific. His research group is particularly
interested in the causes of decline and the genetic integrity of
geographically isolated populations affected by human activity. They use
information from their research to inform management and conservation
strategies. Russell Benford holds dual positions: Assistant
Research Professor, NAU, and Supervisory Wildlife Biologist,
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. He is the Program Director of NAU’s Field School in Conservation
Ecology and the primary instructor of Conservation and Management of
Imperiled Species (BIO 468).
Nashelly Meneses, Ph.D.
Nashelly Meneses is a molecular ecologist interested in
how plant-animal interactions change over ecological gradients. Dr.
Meneses is the multilingual Program Coordinator who has experience
working in adverse conditions in underdeveloped countries. She is the primary Instructor for the
Internship in Conservation Ecology (BIO 485).