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Michelle L. Green
Title: Visiting Assistant Professor - Research
Mailing address:
Dept. of Animal Sciences, 1503 S. Maryland Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801
Office address:
Meat Sciences Lab
Urbana, IL 61801
Address mailcode: 010
Office room: 212
Phone: 217-333-8483
Fax: 217-244-5142

  • Wildlife health and the relationships between mating systems, population change and disease
  • Development and application of practical noninvasive molecular techniques in wildlife biology
  • Genetics of populations including the interaction between behavior and gene flow
  • Marine mammal genetics, behavior and ecology
  • Conservation of wild populations
  • Animal behavior

My research focuses on mating systems, behavior and population health from a genetic perspective.  I utilize molecular tools to better understand the relationship between animal behaviors such as mate choice and individual interaction, and the influence of those behaviors on the genetic profile of a population.  Because genetic analyses can address a broad set of research questions that can be applied to organisms living in any environment, my research interests are diverse.  As such my research delves into the differences and similarities observed when the same analytical techniques are applied to diverse animal systems.

I also research new noninvasive methods for genetic studies.  When working with sensitive species, researchers are often limited by the amount and type of genetic sample they can collect.  In these scenarios, my research methods focus on noninvasive collection methods of low impact tissues such as feces and hair.  There are many challenges associated with using noninvasive tissues and I work to overcome these challenges in such a way that researchers can gain useful information from noninvasive templates.

Currently my research includes white-tailed deer populations affected by chronic wasting disease, detection of Toxoplasma gondii in watershed species, molecular marker optimization for use in bat species affected by white-nose syndrome, and continuation of relatedness analyses in marine mammals.

Message to students:

Distinguished Alumni-In-Residence. 2013. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Grand Valley State University.

Professional affiliations:

Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois; Illinois Natural History Survey

Adjunct Graduate Faculty, Department of Biology, Missouri State University

Research Associate, Wild Dolphin Project

Selected publications:

Dorak SJ, Green ML, Wander MM, Ruiz MO, Buhnerkempe MG, Tian T, Novakofski JE, Mateus-Pinilla NE. 2017. Clay content and pH: soil characteristic associations with the persistent presence of chronic wasting disease in northern Illinois. Scientific Reports, in press.

Elliser CR, MacIver KH, Green ML 2017. Group characteristics, site fidelity and photo-identification of harbor porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, in Burrows Pass, Fidalgo Island, Washington. Marine Mammal Science, Early View, doi: 10.1111/mms.12459.

Herzing DL, Augliere B, Elliser C, Green ML, Pack A 2017. Exodus! Large-scale displacement and social adjustments of resident Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) in the Bahamas. PloS one 12(8): e0180304.

Green ML, Kelly A, Satterthwaite-Phillips D, Manjerovic MB, Shelton P, Novakofski J, Mateus-Pinilla NE. 2017. Reproductive characteristics of female white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the Midwestern USA. Theriogenology, 94: 71-78.

Brandt AL, Kelly AC, Green ML, Shelton P, Mateus-Pinilla, Novakofski J 2015. Prion protein gene sequence and chronic wasting disease susceptibility in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus).  Prion 9(6): 449-462, doi: 10.1080/19336896.2015.1115179

Green ML, Monick K, Manjerovic MB, Novakofski J, Mateus-Pinilla N. 2015. Communication stations: cameras reveal river otter (Lontra canadensis) behavior and activity patterns at latrines.  Journal of Ethology, doi: 10.1007/s10164-015-0435-7

Green ML, Herzing DL, Baldwin JD 2015. Molecular assessment of mating strategies in a population of Atlantic spotted dolphins. PloS ONE, 10(2): e0118227, 10.1371/journal.pone.0118227

Manjerovic MB, Green ML, Miller AN, Novakofski J, Mateus-Pinilla NE.  2015. Trash to treasure: assessing viability of wing biopsies for use in bat genetic research.Conservation Genetic Resources, 10.1007/s12686-014-0417-z

Green ML, Novakofski J, Green RW, Manjerovic MB, Mateus-Pinilla N.  2014.  The scene of the crime: classroom integration of biosafety, microscopy and forensics.  The American Biology Teacher, 76(9): 615-619.

Green ML, Manjerovic MB, Mateus-Pinilla N, Novakofski J.  2014.  Genetic assignment tests reveal dispersal of white-tailed deer: implications for chronic wasting diseaseJournal of Mammalogy, 95(3): 646-654.

Manjerovic MB, Green ML, Mateus-Pinilla N, Novakofski J. 2014. The importance of localized culling in stabilizing chronic wasting disease prevalence in white-tailed deer populations. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 113(1): 139-145.

Green ML, Ting T-F, Manjerovic MB, Mateus-Pinilla N, Novakofski J. 2013. Noninvasive alternatives for DNA collection from threatened rodents. Natural Science, 5(5A), 10.4236/ns.2013.55A003.

Green ML, Herzing DL, Baldwin JD (2011) Reproductive success of male Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) revealed by noninvasive genetic analysis of paternity. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 89: 239 – 253, 10.1139/Z10-111

Green ML, Herzing DL, Baldwin JD (2007) Noninvasive methodology for the sampling and extraction of DNA from free-ranging Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis). Molecular Ecology Notes, 7(6), 1287 – 1292, 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2007.01858.x

Lombardo MP, Green ML, Thorpe PA, Czarnowski MR, Power HW (2004) Repeated sampling affects Tree Swallow semen characteristics. Journal of Field Ornithology, 75(4), 394 – 403, 10.1648/0273-8570-75.4.394

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2008    Ph.D. Integrative Biology, Florida Atlantic University

Dissertation:  Assessment of genetic population structure, promiscuity, and paternity in free-ranging Atlantic spotted dolphins, Stenella frontalis, in the Bahamas.

2000    B.S. Biology, Grand Valley State University, Animal Emphasis


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