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