Russ earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience, at the University of South Dakota, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at Stanford. His research interests center on how stress influences learning and memory, and how the brain changes in response to social and environmental cues.
In addition to teaching in the PWR program, Russ also works as an Oral Communication Tutor, helping students and faculty prepare and deliver dynamic and engaging oral presentations. As a scientist and teacher, Russ values how students leverage their unique background and experiences to help them become better communicators.
Russ’s current PWR1 course “Domestication: How Humans Shape the Natural World” offers an introduction to thinking and writing about how humans influence and interact with plants and animals. This course includes a field trip to a local farmer’s market and the opportunity for students to pursue a research project on a topic of their choice that pertains to some aspect of domestication.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
Carpenter RE, CH Summers 2009 Learning strategies during fear conditioning Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 91: 415-423
Maruska KP, Carpenter RE and Fernald RD 2012 Neuronal Proliferation and Social Status in a teleost fish. Journal of Comparative Neurology doi: 10.1002/cne.23100
Grone, BP, Carpenter, RE, Maruska, KP and Fernald RD 2012 Food deprivation can explain steroid hormone and mRNA differences seen during mouthbrooding in a cichlid, Astatotilapia burtoni. Hormones and Behavior 62(1):18-26