- Ph.D., Oceanography, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego, 1999
- A.B., Environmental Geoscience, Harvard University, 1993
Selected adaptation programs/projects:
- Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate, Observations and Modeling (or How the Antarctic is helping Arizona Keep its Cool)
- Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project
- Valley Fever, Dust and Climate Modeling
- Mountains and the Tropical Circulation
- Ivory, S.J. J.L. Russell, and A.S. Cohen, 2013. In the hot seat: Insolation, ENSO, and vegetation in the African tropics, Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 118: 1347-1358. doi:10.1002/jgrg.20115.
- Cayan, D., M. Tyree, K. E. Kunkel, C. Castro, A. Gershunov, J. Barsugli, A. J. Ray, J. Overpeck, M. Anderson, J. Russell, B. Rajagopalan, I. Rangwala, and P. Duffy, 2013. Future climate: Projected average, In Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment, edited by G. Garfin, A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black, and S. LeRoy, pp. 101–125. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance. Washington, DC: Island Press.
- Ainley, D., J.L. Russell, S. Jenouvrier, E. Woehler, P. O'B. Lyver, W.R. Fraser, and G.L. Kooyman, 2010. Antarctic penguin response to habitat changes as Earth's troposphere reaches 2°C above pre-Industrial levels. Ecological Monographs, 80(1): 49–66.
- Toggweiler, J.R., and J.L. Russell, 2008. Ocean circulation in a warming climate. Nature, 451: 286-288.