Publication List



47) Buentgen U, F Gonzalez-Rouco, J Luterbacher, NC Stenseth & DM Johnson. In press. Extending the climatological concept of ‘Detection and Attribution’ to global change ecology in the Anthropocene. Functional Ecology.   

46) Walter JA, LW Sheppard, PD Venugopal, DC Reuman, G Dively, JF Tooker & DM Johnson. 2020Weather and crop composition drive spatial synchrony of Lepidopteran agricultural pests. Ecological Entomology 45(3): 573-582. DOI: 10.1111/een.12830.

45) Walter JA, KL Grayson, LM Blackburn, PC Tobin & DM Johnson. 2020. Spatiotemporal variability in Allee effects of invading gypsy moth populations. Biological Invasions 22(2) 189-193. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-019-02096-5.

44) Friedline CJ, Faske TM, Lind BM, Hobson EM, Parry D, Dyer RJ, Johnson DM, Thompson LM, Grayson KL & Eckert AJ. 2019. Evolutionary genomics of gypsy moth populations sampled along a latitudinal gradient. Molecular Ecology 28(9): 2206-2223. DOI: 10.1111/mec.15069.

43) Faske TM, Thompson LM, Banahene N, Levorse A, Quiroga Herrera, M, Sherman K, Timko SE, Yang B, Gray DR, Parry D, Tobin PC, Eckert AJ, Johnson DM & Grayson KL. 2019. Can gypsy moth stand the heat? A reciprocal transplant experiment with an invasive forest pest across its southern range margin. Biological Invasions:


42) Walter JA, Ives AR, Tooker JF & Johnson DM. 2018. Life history and habitat explain variation among insect pest populations subject to global change. Ecosphere 9(5): e02274.

41) Grayson, KL & Johnson DM. 2018. Novel insights on population and range edge dynamics using an unparalleled spatiotemporal record of species invasion. Journal of Animal Ecology 87:3 581-593. DOI:10.1111/1365-2656.12755.

40) Chan DM, Kent CM & Johnson DM. 2017Management of Invasive Allee Species. Letters in Biomathematics 4:167-186.

39) Jones LR, Duke-Sylvester SM, Leberg PL & Johnson DM. 2017Closing the gaps for animal seed dispersal: separating the effects of habitat loss on dispersal distances and seed aggregation. Ecology & Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3113.

38) Thompson LM, Faske TM, Banahene N, Grim D, Agosta SJ, Parry D, Tobin PC, Johnson DM & Grayson KL. 2017. Variation in growth and development responses to supraoptimal temperatures near latitudinal range limits of an expanding invasive species. Physiological Entomology 42:181-190. DOI: 10.1111/phen.12190. Royal Entomological Society Award for Best Paper Published in 2017/18 in the journal Physiological Entomology. 


37) Walter JA, Grayson KL & Johnson DM. 2017Variation in Allee effects: evidence, unknowns, and directions forward. Population Ecology. DOI 10.1007/s10144-017-0576-3.

36) Sezen Z, Johnson DM & Shea K. 2017. Individually-mark mass-release resight study elucidates effects of patch characteristics and distance on host patch location by an insect herbivore. Ecological Entomology 42:273-282. DOI: 10.1111/een.12383.

35) Colteaux BC & Johnson DM. 2017. Commercial snapping turtle harvest: export, trends, and the efficacy of size limits at reducing harvest pressure. Journal for Nature Conservation 35:13-19.

34) Walter JA, Johnson DM & Haynes KJ. 2017. Spatial variation in Allee effects influences patterns of range expansion. Ecography 40(1): 179-188. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.01951.

33) Walter JA, Finch FT & Johnson DM. 2016. Re-evaluating fall cankerworm management thresholds for urban and suburban forests. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 18(2): 145-150. DOI: 10.1111/afe.12147.

32) Thompson LM, Grayson KL & Johnson DM. 2016. Forest edges enhance mate-finding in the invasive European gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 158(3): 295-303. DOI: 10.1111/eea.12402.

31) Allstadt AJ, Liebhold AM, Johnson DM, Davis RE & Haynes KJ. 2015. Temporal variation in the synchrony of weather and its consequences for spatiotemporal population dynamics. Ecology 96(11): 2935-2946. DOI: 10.1890/14-1497.1.

30) Grayson KL, Parry D, Faske T, Hamilton A, Tobin PC, Agosta SJ & Johnson DM. 2015. Performance of wild and laboratory-reared gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) populations: A comparison between artificial diet and foliage. Environmental Entomology 44(3): 864-873. DOI: 10.1093/ee/nvv063


29) Walter JA, Johnson DM, Tobin PC & Haynes KJ. 2015. Population cycles produce periodic range boundary pulses. Ecography 38: 1200-1211. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.01364.

28) Allstadt A, Haynes KJ, Liebhold AM & Johnson DM. 2013. Long-term shifts in the cyclicity of outbreaks of a forest-defoliating insect. Oecologia 172: 141-151. DOI 10.1007/s00442-012-2474-x.

27) Haynes KJ, Liebhold AM & Johnson DM. 2012. Elevational gradient in the cyclicity of a forest-defoliating insect. Population Ecology 54(2): 239-250. DOI: 10.1007/s10144-012-0305-x.

26) Albert JS & Johnson DM. 2012. Diversity and evolution of body size in fishes. Evolutionary Biology 39(3): 324-340. DOI: 10.1007/s11692-011-9149-0.

25) Johnson DM, Büntgen U, Frank DC, Kausrud K, Haynes KJ, Liebhold AM, Esper J & Stenseth NC. 2010. Climate warming disrupts recurrent Alpine insect outbreaks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107: 20576-20581.

24) Haynes KJ, Liebhold AM, Fearer TM, Wang G, Norman GW & Johnson DM. 2009. Spatial synchrony propagates through a forest food web via consumer-resource interactions. Ecology 90:11 2974-2983.

23) Tobin PC, Robinet C, Johnson DM, Whitmire SL, Bjørnstad ON, Liebhold AM. 2009. The role of Allee effects in gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar (L.), invasions. Population Ecology 51(Sp. Iss.): 373-384.

22) Büntgen U, Frank D, Liebhold A, Johnson D, Carrer M, Urbinati C, Grabner M, Nicolussi K, Levanic T & Esper J. 2009. Three centuries of insect outbreaks across the European Alps. New Phytologist 182: 929-941.

21) Haynes KJ, Liebhold AM & Johnson DM. 2009. Spatial analysis of harmonic oscillation in intensity of gypsy moth outbreaks. Oecologia 159:249-256.

20) Albert JS, Knouft KH & Johnson DM. 2009. Fossils provide better evidence of ancestral body size than do extant taxa in fishes. Acta Zoologica 90: 357-384.

19) Jang S R-J & Johnson DM. 2009. Dynamics of discrete-time larch budmoth population models. Journal of Biological Dynamics 3(2-3): 209-223.

18) Bjørnstad ON, Liebhold AM & Johnson DM. 2008. Transient synchronization following invasion: revisiting Moran's model and a case study. Population Ecology 50: 379-389.

17) Tobin PC, Whitmore SL, Johnson DM, Bjørnstad ON & Liebhold AM. 2007. Invasion speed is affected by geographic variation in Allee effects. Ecology Letters 10: 36-43.

16) Johnson DM, Tobin PC, Liebhold AM & Bjørnstad ON. 2006. Allee effects and pulsed invasions by the gypsy moth. Nature 444: 361-363. Faculty of 1000 Recommended Read, media coverage in National Geographic Online, New Scientist, Science Daily, and Associated Press

15) Johnson DM, Liebhold AM & Bjørnstad ON. 2006. Geographical variation in the periodicity of gypsy moth outbreaks. Ecography 29: 367-374.

14) Johnson DM, Bjørnstad ON & Liebhold AM. 2006. Landscape mosaic induces traveling waves of insect outbreaks. Oecologia 148(1): 51-60.

13) Liebhold AM, Johnson DM & Bjørnstad ON. 2006. Geographic variation in density dependent dynamics impacts the synchronizing effect of dispersal and regional stochasticity. Population Ecology 48: 131-138.

12) Johnson DM. 2005. Metapopulation models: an empirical test of model assumptions and evaluation methods. Ecology 86(11): 3088-3098.

11) Inouye BD & Johnson DM. 2005.  Larval aggregation affects feeding rate in Chlosyne poecile (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Florida Entomologist 88(3): 247-252.

10) Johnson DM, Liebhold AM, Bjørnstad ON & McManus ML. 2005. Circumpolar variation in periodicity and synchrony among gypsy moth populations. Journal of Animal Ecology 74: 882-892.

9) Johnson DM & Horvitz CC. 2005. Estimating postnatal dispersal: tracking the unseen dispersers. Ecology 86(5):1185-1190.

8) Johnson DM, Bjørnstad ON & Liebhold AM. 2004. Landscape geometry and traveling waves in the larch budmoth. Ecology Letters 7: 967-974. Faculty of 1000 Recommended Read

7)  Johnson DM. 2004. Source-sink dynamics in a temporally heterogeneous environment. Ecology 85(7): 2037-2045.

6) Johnson DM. 2004. Life history and demography of Cephaloleia fenestrata (Hispinae: Chrysomelidae). Biotropica 36(3):352-361.

5) Johnson DM & Stiling PD. 1998. Distribution and dispersal of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), an exotic Opuntia-feeding moth, in Florida. Florida Entomologist 81(1): 12-22.

4) Johnson DM & Stiling PD. 1996. Host specificity of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), an exotic Opuntia-feeding moth, in Florida. Environmental Entomology 25(4): 743-748.

3) McCoy ED, Mushinsky HR, Johnson D & Meshaka Jr WE. 1996. Mangrove damage caused by Hurricane Andrew on the southwestern coast of Florida. Bulletin of Marine Science 59(1): 1-8.

2) Rossi AM, Stiling PD, Strong DR & Johnson DM. 1992. Does gall diameter affect the parasitism rate of Asphondylia borrichiae (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae)? Ecological Entomology 17(2): 149-154.

1) Stiling PD, Rossi AM, Strong DR & Johnson DM. 1992. Life history and parasites of Asphondylia borrichiae, a gall maker on Borrichia frutescens. Florida Entomologist 75(1): 130-137.

Contact Information:
Derek M. Johnson
Department of Biology
Virginia Commonwealth University
1000 W. Cary St., Room 126
Richmond, VA 23284-2012
(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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