Contact Information:
 
Derek M. Johnson
Department of Biology
Virginia Commonwealth University
1000 W. Cary St., Room 126
Richmond, VA 23284-2012
dmjohnson@vcu.edu
(804) 828-2245
 

 

Photo Credits

 

  • Gypsy moth and forest photos courtesy of the USDA

  • Outbreaks & Epidemics class photo by Brian McNeill (VCU News)

  • UROP student photo courtesy of VCU News

 

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VCU Biology

Why do populations fluctuate in time and space? Research in the Johnson Lab shares this common theme. We explore the ecological drivers of population dynamics by integrating empirical data analyses with theoretical models. We are interested in how local ecological processes scale up to create complex large-scale patterns of population dynamics and invasion. Forest pest insects are the model system, but research in the lab includes other applied questions that are conceptually-driven. We are particularly interested in questions motivated by species invasion, population outbreaks, climate change biology, and species conservation. Those interested in joining the Johnson Lab should browse our Research page. In addition, prospective graduate students can click to below button for more information on lab opportunities and the graduate programs at VCU.

Join the Johnson Lab. It will blow your mind!

Lauren Jurczak proudly displaying three spotted turtles captured in her research to understand the landscape ecology of these handsome creatures.

Recent Lab Publications 

Chan et al. (2017) Letters in Biomathematics
Publication by Jones, Duke-Sylveser, Leberg & Johnson, 2017, in journal Ecology and Evolution
Jones et al. (2017) Ecology & Evolution
Pubication by Grayson & Johnson. Journal of Animal Ecology, 2017
Grayson & Johnson (2018) Journal of Animal Ecology
Walter et al. (2017) Ecography
Thompson et al. (2017) Physiological Entomology
Walter et al. (2017) Population Ecology
Colteaux & Johnson (2017) Journal for Nature Conservation
Sezen et al. (2017) Ecological Entomology