Kaius Helenurm

Kaius Helenurm

Chair, Biology / Professor

BIOLOGY

Churchill-Haines Labs 171A

Phone: (605) 677-6174

Email: Kaius.Helenurm@usd.edu

Website: http://usdbiology.com/helenurm/Home.html

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: The role of isolation in species diversification; insights into dispersal and evolution of endemic Lotus from the California Channel Islands, NSF (REU). Grant Role: Principal. (2014 - 2015)
  • The role of isolation in species diversification; insights into dispersal and evolution of endemic Lotus from the California Channel Islands, NSF. Grant Role: Principal. (2009 - 2014)
  • MRI: Aquisition of Genetic Instrumentation for a New Core Facility at the University of South Dakota, National Science Foundation. (2009 - 2012)
  • Dissertation Research: Comparative phylogeography of Eriogonum (Polygonaceae) endemic to California's Channel Islands, NSF. Grant Role: Principal. (2009 - 2011)
  • Acquisition of a Genetic Analyzer by University of South Dakota Evolutionary Genetics Research Group, National Science Foundation. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2002 - 2005)

Publications:

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  • Wallace, Lisa E., Wheeler, Gregory L., McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Bresowar, Gerald, and Helenurm, Kaius. Phylogeography and Genetic Structure of endemic Acmispon argophyllus and Acmispon dendroideus (Fabaceae) across the California Channel Islands, 743-756. Vol. 104, Iss. May. American Journal of Botany, 2017. (DOI: 10.3732/ajb.1600429)
  • Riley, Lynn, McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., and Helenurm, Kaius. Narrow water barriers prevent multiple colonizations and limit gene flow among California Channel Islands wild buckwheats (Eriogonum: Polygonaceae), 246-268. Vol. 181, Iss. 2. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 2016. (DOI: 10.1111/boj.12415)
  • McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Riley, Lynn, Brandsrud, Michelle, Arcibal, Erica, Helenurm, Mark K., and Helenurm, Kaius. How much is enough? Minimum sampling intensity required to capture extant genetic diversity in ex situ seed collections: examples from the endangered plant Sibara filifolia (Brassicaceae)., 253-266. Vol. 16, Iss. 2. Conservation Genetics, 2015. (DOI: 10.1007/s10592-014-0655-3)
  • Talve, Tiina, McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Helenurm, Kaius, Wallace, Lisa E., and Oja, Tiina. Population genetic diversity and species relationships in the genus Rhinanthus L. based on microsatellite markers, 495-502. Vol. 16. Plant Biology, 2014. (DOI: 10.1111/plb.12057)
  • McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Wallace, Lisa E., Wheeler, Gregory L., Bresowar, Gerald, Riley, Lynn, Britten, Nicholas R., and Helenurm, Kaius. 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)., 289-304. Vol. 174. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 2014.
  • McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Riley, Lynn, Wallace, Lisa E., and Helenurm, Kaius. Isolation of microsatellite loci from endangered members of Lotus (Fabaceae) subgenus Syrmatium., 117-121. Vol. 3. Conservation Genetics Resources, 2011.
  • Riley, Lynn, McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., and Helenurm, Kaius. Microsatellite primers for the narrowly endemic shrub Eriognoum giganteum (Polygoncaeae), 352-355. Vol. 98. Americam Journal of Botany, 2011.
  • Riley, Lynn, McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., and Helenurm, Kaius. Isolation of microsatellite loci from Rhamnus pirifolia, 471-474. Vol. 3. Conservation Genetics Resources, 2011. (DOI: 10.1007/s12686-011-9381-z)
  • Riley, Lynn, McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., and Helenurm, Kaius. Genetic diversity following demographic recovery in the insular endemic plant Galium catalinense subspecies acrispum., 2015-2025. Vol. 11. Conservation Genetics, 2010.
  • Wallace, Lisa E., and Helenurm, Kaius. Has herbivory negatively impacted genetic variability in the flora of the California Channel Islands? Insights from Crossosoma californicum (Crossosomataceae)., 311-322. Vol. 170. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 2009.
  • Furches, M S., Wallace, Lisa E., and Helenurm, Kaius. High genetic divergence characterizes populations of the endemic plant Lithophragma maximum (Saxifragaceae) on San Clemente Island., 115-126. Vol. 10. Conservation Genetics, 2009.
  • McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Riley, Lynn, and Helenurm, Kaius. Isolation of microsatellite loci from the endangered plant Galium catalinense subspecies acrispum (Rubiaceae)., 984-986. Vol. 9. Molecular Ecology Resources, 2009.
  • McGlaughlin, Mitchell M., Wallace, Lisa E., and Helenurm, Kaius. Isolation of microsatellite loci from the endangered plant Sibara filifolia (Brassicaceae)., 367-369. Vol. 8. Molecular Ecology Notes, 2008.
  • Wallace, Lisa E., and Helenurm, Kaius. Characterization of microsatellite loci in polyploid Lavatera assurgentiflora ssp. assurgentiflora and ssp. glabra (Malvaceae)., 331-333. Vol. 6. Molecular Ecology Notes, 2006.
  • Wallace, Lisa E., Furches, M S., and Helenurm, Kaius. Polymorphic microsatellite loci in Lithophragma maximum (Saxifragaceae), an endemic plant of San Clemente Island., 459-461. Vol. 6. Molecular Ecology Notes, 2006.
  • Helenurm, Kaius, West, Rachel, and Burckhalter, Steven. Allozyme variation in the endangered insular endemic Castilleja grisea., 1221-1227. Vol. 95. Annals of Botany, 2005.
  • Helenurm, Kaius, and Hall, Suzanne S.. Dissimilar patterns of genetic variation in two insular endemic plants sharing species characteristics, distribution, habitat, and ecological history., 341-353. Vol. 6. Conservation Genetics, 2005.
  • Helenurm, Kaius. Genetic diversity in the rare insular endemic Sibara filifolia (Brassicaceae)., 181-186. Vol. 50. Madrono, 2003.
  • Helenurm, Kaius, and Dodd, Shana C.. Genetic diversity in Delphinium variegatum (Ranunculaceae): a comparison of two insular endemic subspecies and their widespread mainland relative., 613-622. Vol. 89. American Journal of Botany, 2002.
  • Helenurm, Kaius. High levels of genetic polymorphism in the insular endemic herb Jepsonia malvifolia., 427-432. Vol. 92. Journal of Heredity, 2001.
  • Dodd, Shana C., and Helenurm, Kaius. Dodd, S.C. and K. Helenurm. Floral variation in Delphinium variegatum (Ranunculaceae)., 116-126. Vol. 47. Madrono, 2000.
  • Helenurm, Kaius. Outplanting and differential source population success in Lupinus guadalupensis., 118-127. Vol. 12. Conservation Biology, 1998.
  • McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Riley, Lynn, Helenurm, Kaius, and Wallace, Lisa A.. Do Channel Island Acmispon (Fabaceae) Form Cohesive Evolutionary Groups?. Provo, UT: Western North American Naturalist.

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:

  • McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Riley, Lynn, Wallace, Lisa, Helenurm, Kaius. Do Channel Islands Acmispon (Fabaceae) with multi-island distributions form cohesive evolutionary groups?. Presented at the 9th California Islands Symposium, Ventura, Califonia. (October 5, 2016)
  • Riley, Lynn, McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Helenurm, Kaius. Limited Genetic Variability in Native Buckwheats on San Clemente Island. Presented at the 9th California Islands Symposium, Ventura, California. (October 05, 2016)
  • Wallace, Lisa, Wheeler, Gregory L., McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Helenurm, Kaius. 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. (October 25, 2012)
  • McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Helenurm, Kaius. Gene flow and divergence in Leptosyne gigantea, giant tickseed, on the California Channel Islands. Presented at the 8th California Islands Symposium, Ventura, CA. (October 25, 2012)
  • Wheeler, Gregory, McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Helenurm, Kaius, Wallace, Lisa. 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. (October 25, 2012)
  • Riley, Lynn, Helenurm, Kaius. Phylogeography of Eriogonum (Polygonaceae) endemic to the California Channel Islands. Presented at the 8th California Islands Symposium, Ventura, CA. (October 25, 2012)
  • Helenurm, Kaius. Rare plant genetics on San Clemente Island. Presented at the 8th California Islands Symposium, Ventura, CA. (October 25, 2012)
  • McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Helenurm, Kaius. 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. (January 14, 2012)
  • Riley, Lynn, McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Helenurm, Kaius. Phylogeography of two California Channel Island endemic Eriogonum (Polygonaceae). Presented at the Botany 2011, St. Louis, MO. (July 13, 2011)
  • McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Bresowar, Gerald, Helenurm, Kaius, Wallace, Lisa. 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. (July 12, 2011)
  • Wheeler, Gregory, McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Helenurm, Kaius, Wallace, Lisa. 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. (July 11, 2011)
  • Wallace, Lisa E., McGlaughlin, Mitchell M., Helenurm, Kaius. Island hopping and evolutionary divergence of endemic Lotus on the California Channel Islands. Presented at the Botany 2010, Providence, RI. (August 03, 2010)
  • Riley, Lynn, McGlaughlin, Mithcell M., Helenurm, Kaius. The phylogeography of two California Channel Island endemic buckwheats (Eriogonum spp.). Presented at the Evolution 2010, Portland, OR. (June 26, 2010)
  • Riley, Lynn, McGlaughlin, Mitchell E., Helenurm, Kaius. Phylogeography of Eriogonum endemic to California's Channel Islands. Presented at the Botany & Mycology Annual Meeting, Snowbird, UT. (2009)