Derek Johnson Population Ecology Lab
Derek M. Johnson
PhD, University of Miami 2003
M.S., University of South Florida 1994
B.S., Florida State University 1991
PhD, University of Virginia 2014
B.S., Gettysburg College 2010
Research Interests: Population dynamics of forest insect pests.
PhD, Louisiana State University 2007
M.S., Louisiana State University 2003
B.S., University of British Columbia 1999
Research Interests: Population dynamics
B.A. Dominican University 2010
Research Interests: The sustainability of snapping turtle harvest in the United States.
M.S. Brigham Young University 2008
B.S. Brigham Young University 2006
Research Interests: The effects of forest fragmentation on seed dispersal by Toucan species.
Adele Balmer (co-advised with Dr. Lesley Bulluck)
Fall 2017 to present
Research Interests: Population demography of prothonotary warblers
Fall 2017 to present
Research Interests: Conservation and demography of the spotted turtle
Hannah Byrne (NSF REU 2017)
Research Interests: Effects of topography of mating success in gypsy moth
Alexandra Barry (UROP Fellow 2017)
Research Interests: Is measure of mate-finding ability a reliable proxy for mating success in gypsy moth?
Johnson Lab Alumni
Kyle Haynes (Postdoctoral Researcher 2007-2009)
Research Interests: Drivers of large scale patterns of forest insect outbreaks and invasion.
Current posistion: University of Virginia, Department of Environmental Sciences, Blandy Experimental Farm.
Kristine Grayson (Postdoctoral Researcher 2012-2014)
PhD, University of Virginia 2010
B.S., Davidson College 2006
Research Interests: Pest management and species conservation
Current position: Assistant professor at University of Richmond
Kennesha Myrick (M.S. Biology 2016)
Research Interests: Predator-prey interactions
Current Position: Teacher at Carroll Magnet Middle School, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Abby Nelson (M.S. Biology 2016)
Research Interests: Urban ecology
Current Position: Science Teacher in Richmond, Virginia
Lily Thompson (M.S. Biology 2014)
Thesis title: Forest edges enhance mate-finding in the invasive European gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar.
Current position: Laboratory manager in Grayson lab at University of Richmond
John Wojcikiewicz (M.S. Biology 2014)
Thesis title: Indirect effects betwen deer, mice, and the gypsy moth in a forest community.
Current position: Environmental analyst at Environmental Design & Research, Syracuse, New York
Stephanie Roddy (B.S. Biology 2013, UROP Fellow)
Project title: Geographic heterogeneity in natural enemy attack on the gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar)
Current position: STEM teacher in North Carolina school system.
Brett Butler (Independent Study 2012, B.S. University of California Berkeley 2014)
Project title: The effect of forest structure on the natural enemies of gypsy moth pupae.
Current position: Graduate school - Villanova University.
Katrina Khalil (Independent Study 2014)
Project title: Influence of temperature on growth response of gypsy moth larvae from geographically distinct regions.
Current position: GIS analyst - Apple
Carl Myers (Independent Study 2015)
Project title: Modeling historic Ebola outbreak dynamics in Africa: effects of demographic changes on outbreaks.
Current position: Graduate school in Ophthalmology, Indiana University
Radleigh Herschel (Independent Study 2017)
Project title: Regional spatial synchrony of fall cankerworm outbreaks from 1974-1995.
Current position: Research assistant studying bird-plant interactions in Manaus, Brazil.
Phillip Avery (Independent Study 2017)
Project title: Googling the worm: the potential for online search trends as a method for monitoring fall cankerworm outbreaks.
Current position: Student at University of Richmond School of Law.
Ajmal Mohmand (Directed Study 2015)
Project title: Relationship between fall cankerworm herbivory damage and population density.
Faisal Asif (Directed Study 2015)
Project title: A comparison of fall cankerworm damage on red and white oak.
Gypsy Moth Research
Other Field Assistants and Volunteers
Fall Cankerworm Research
Snapping Turtle Research
Carina Tatelman (Directed Study 2017)
Project: Optimal management of a vector in a source-sink host-pathogen system