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Kaius Helenurm

Kaius Helenurm
Professor
Biology, College of Arts & Sciences
UCL Churchill-Haines Labs 171A
Phone: 605-677-6174
Teaching Interests:
Conservation Biology, Environmental Science, Evolution of Disease
Research Interests:
Conservation genetics of plants; Plant evolution on island systems
Education:
  • Ph D, Population Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, 1989
  • M.Sc., Botany, University of British Columbia, 1983
  • B.Sc., Biology, University of Toronto, 1979
Grants:
  • REU Supplement to Collaborative Research: The role of isolation in species diversification; insights into dispersal and evolution of endemic Lotus from the California Channel Islands, NSF, (2013 - 2014)
  • MRI: Aquisition of Genetic Instrumentation for a New Core Facility at the University of South Dakota, National Science Foundation, (2009 - 2012)
  • The role of isolation in species diversification; insights into dispersal and evolution of endemic Lotus from the California Channel Islands , NSF, (2009 - 2012)
  • Dissertation Research: Comparative phylogeography of Eriogonum (Polygonaceae) endemic to California’s Channel Islands , NSF, (2009 - 2011)
  • Acquisition of a Genetic Analyzer by University of South Dakota Evolutionary Genetics Research Group, National Science Foundation, (2002 - 2005)
Publications:
  • McGlaughlin, M. E., Wallace, L. E., Wheeler, G. L., Bresowar, G., Riley, L., Britten, N. R., Helenurm, K., (2013), Do the island biogeography predictions of MacArthur and Wilson hold when examining genetic diversity on the near mainland California Channel Islands? Examples from endemic Acmispon (Fabaceae)., Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.
  • Talve, T., McGlaughlin, M. E., Helenurm, K., Wallace, L. E., Oja, T., (2013), Population genetic diversity and species relationships in the genus Rhinanthus L. based on microsatellite markers, Plant Biology, vol. 13.
  • McGlaughlin, M. E., Riley, L., Wallace, L. E., Helenurm, K., (2011), Isolation of microsatellite loci from endangered members of Lotus (Fabaceae) subgenus Syrmatium., Conservation Genetics Resources, vol. 3, pp. 117-121.
  • Riley, L., McGlaughlin, M. E., Helenurm, K., (2011), Microsatellite primers for the narrowly endemic shrub Eriognoum giganteum (Polygoncaeae), Americam Journal of Botany, vol. 98, pp. 352-355.
  • Riley, L., McGlaughlin, M. E., Helenurm, K., (2011), Isolation of microsatellite loci from Rhamnus pirifolia, Conservation Genetics Resources, vol. 3, pp. 471-474.
  • Riley, L., McGlaughlin, M. E., Helenurm, K., (2010), Genetic diversity following demographic recovery in the insular endemic plant Galium catalinense subspecies acrispum., Conservation Genetics, vol. 11, pp. 2015-2025.
  • Wallace, L. E., Helenurm, K., (2009), Has herbivory negatively impacted genetic variability in the flora of the California Channel Islands? Insights from Crossosoma californicum (Crossosomataceae)., International Journal of Plant Sciences, vol. 170, pp. 311-322.
  • Furches, M. S., Wallace, L. E., Helenurm, K., (2009), High genetic divergence characterizes populations of the endemic plant Lithophragma maximum (Saxifragaceae) on San Clemente Island., Conservation Genetics, vol. 10, pp. 115-126.
  • McGlaughlin, M. E., Riley, L., Helenurm, K., (2009), Isolation of microsatellite loci from the endangered plant Galium catalinense subspecies acrispum (Rubiaceae). , Molecular Ecology Resources, vol. 9, pp. 984-986.
  • McGlaughlin, M. M., Wallace, L. E., Helenurm, K., (2008), Isolation of microsatellite loci from the endangered plant Sibara filifolia (Brassicaceae)., Molecular Ecology Notes, vol. 8, pp. 367-369.
  • Wallace, L. E., Helenurm, K., (2006), Characterization of microsatellite loci in polyploid Lavatera assurgentiflora ssp. assurgentiflora and ssp. glabra (Malvaceae)., Molecular Ecology Notes, vol. 6, pp. 331-333.
  • Wallace, L. E., Furches, M. S., Helenurm, K., (2006), Polymorphic microsatellite loci in Lithophragma maximum (Saxifragaceae), an endemic plant of San Clemente Island., Molecular Ecology Notes, vol. 6, pp. 459-461.
  • Helenurm, K., West, R., Burckhalter, S., (2005), Allozyme variation in the endangered insular endemic Castilleja grisea., Annals of Botany, vol. 95, pp. 1221-1227.
  • Helenurm, K., Hall, S. S., (2005), Dissimilar patterns of genetic variation in two insular endemic plants sharing species characteristics, distribution, habitat, and ecological history., Conservation Genetics, vol. 6, pp. 341-353.
  • Helenurm, K., (2003), Genetic diversity in the rare insular endemic Sibara filifolia (Brassicaceae)., Madrono, vol. 50, pp. 181-186.
  • Helenurm, K., Dodd, S. C., (2002), Genetic diversity in Delphinium variegatum (Ranunculaceae): a comparison of two insular endemic subspecies and their widespread mainland relative., American Journal of Botany, vol. 89, pp. 613-622.
  • Helenurm, K., (2001), High levels of genetic polymorphism in the insular endemic herb Jepsonia malvifolia., Journal of Heredity, vol. 92, pp. 427-432.
  • Dodd, S. C., Helenurm, K., (2000), Dodd, S.C. and K. Helenurm. Floral variation in Delphinium variegatum (Ranunculaceae)., Madrono, vol. 47, pp. 116-126.
  • Helenurm, K., (1998), Outplanting and differential source population success in Lupinus guadalupensis., Conservation Biology, vol. 12, pp. 118-127.
Awards and Honors:
  • Richard and Sharon Cutler Faculty Award in Liberal Arts, College of Arts & Sciences, 2004
  • Sigma Xi (Full Member), Sigma Xi, 1997
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, NSERC, Canada, 1989
  • Washington University Research Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis, 1983
  • University of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship, University of British Columbia, 1982
Presentations:
  • Wallace, L., Wheeler, G. L., McGlaughlin, M. E., Helenurm, K. (2012, October). Evaluation of taxonomic boundaries within Acmispon argophyllus and Acmispon dendroideus (Fabaceae) and implications for their conservation on the Channel Islands. Presented at the 8th California Islands Symposium, Ventura, CA.
  • McGlaughlin, M. E., Helenurm, K. (2012, October). Gene flow and divergence in Leptosyne gigantea, giant tickseed, on the California Channel Islands. Presented at the 8th California Islands Symposium, Ventura, CA.
  • Wheeler, G., McGlaughlin, M. E., Helenurm, K., Wallace, L. (2012, October). Importance of inter-island dispersal in explaining genetic structure in Acmispon argophyllus (Fabaceae) on the California Channel Islands. Presented at the 8th California Islands Symposium, Ventura, CA.
  • Riley, L., Helenurm, K. (2012, October). Phylogeography of Eriogonum (Polygonaceae) endemic to the California Channel Islands. Presented at the 8th California Islands Symposium, Ventura, CA.
  • Helenurm, K. (2012, October). Rare plant genetics on San Clemente Island. Presented at the 8th California Islands Symposium, Ventura, CA.
  • McGlaughlin, M. E., Helenurm, K. (2012, January). A tale of two islands - divergence among populations of the endangered plant Sibara filifolia: implications for management and ex-situ conservation. Presented at the CNPS 2012 Conservation Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Riley, L., McGlaughlin, M. E., Helenurm, K. (2011, July). Phylogeography of two California Channel Island endemic Eriogonum (Polygonaceae). Presented at the Botany 2011, St. Louis, MO.
  • McGlaughlin, M. E., Bresowar, G., Helenurm, K., Wallace, L. (2011, July). Isolation among islands as a driver of divergence in the endemic Lotus (Fabaceae) of the California Channel Islands. Presented at the Botany 2011, St. Louis, MO.
  • Wheeler, G., McGlaughlin, M. E., Helenurm, K., Wallace, L. (2011, July). A comparison of nucleotide and microsatellite diversity for understanding intraspecific evolutionary patterns in two California-endemic Lotus species. Presented at the Botany 2011, St. Louis, MO.
  • Wallace, L. E., McGlaughlin, M. M., Helenurm, K. (2010, August). Island hopping and evolutionary divergence of endemic Lotus on the California Channel Islands. Presented at the Botany 2010, Providence, RI.
  • Riley, L., McGlaughlin, M. M., Helenurm, K. (2010, June). The phylogeography of two California Channel Island endemic buckwheats (Eriogonum spp.). Presented at the Evolution 2010, Portland, OR.
  • Riley, L., McGlaughlin, M. E., Helenurm, K. (2009). Phylogeography of Eriogonum endemic to California’s Channel Islands. Presented at the Botany & Mycology Annual Meeting, Snowbird, UT.