The Minton Laboratory @ University of Louisiana at Monroe

Photo: Skyline Drive in Virginia, May 2011

Welcome to the website of Dr. Russ Minton at ULM. Originally from Racine, WI, I have spent almost two decades bouncing between the north and the south.  Each move takes me a little less north and little further south, though I've been here longer than anywhere but home.  I’m an only child with a great partner and a duck that gets more press than either of us combined.

I study snails, which is good because they are just my speed and match my field collecting skill.  I enjoy Japanese monster movies, college football, cooking, and mucking around at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  I don’t miss snow, though I’m not a fan of the humidity around here.  You will normally find me in my office being a technogeek or at home in symbiosis with my couch.

Please feel to look around and learn about me, my research, my students, and my always exciting life in general.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact me by email or phone call.  Thanks for your interest.

Photo above: Anguispira alternata from BBLNWR. The species was listed as extirpated until we 'rediscovered' it during a recent land snail survey.

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  • Another LAS winner Team Torsion graduate student Kevon White won a best graduate poster award at the 2014 Louisiana Academy of Sciences meeting at LSU-Alexandria. Kevon's poster, "Relationship between niche breadth ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2014, 5:49 PM by Russell Minton
  • Team stepchild presents at SFS Team Torsion red-headed stepchild (in the literal sense) presented his thesis research at the recent Society for Freshwater Science (nee: NABS) meeting in Jacksonville. His project deals with modeling ...
    Posted May 24, 2013, 9:58 AM by Russell Minton
  • Sweet Home Alabama Charles, Joe and I just returned from the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Meeting in Guntersville, AL. Charles gave his snail shell microbe poster and received a lot of great feedback from ...
    Posted Mar 15, 2013, 9:48 AM by Russell Minton
  • Team Torsion brings home LAS gold Two Team Torsion members brought home first-place awards at the 2013 Louisiana Academy of Sciences meeting at Grambling State University. In the Botany, Environmental Science, and Zoology section, Joe ...
    Posted Mar 9, 2013, 3:15 PM by Russell Minton
  • Team Torsion members past and present headed for PhDs Lab alum Chris Paight and current student Joe Styga have both been accepted into doctoral programs for Fall 2013. Chris will be attending the University of Rhode Island, while Joe ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2013, 1:04 PM by Russell Minton
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