How does behavior evolve? We're interested in the ecological factors that influence social behaviors and the physiological mechanisms that underlie those behaviors. Most of our work uses lizards in the genus Anolis, or anoles, but we're also beginning to explore the diversity of lizards that occur at our local field sites in south-central Texas. We use field observations, laboratory experiments, molecular genetics, neuroendocrine techniques, and comparative methodology to explore behavioral evolution.
Lab News - we've been busy!!
May 2013 - We're funded!! Michele Johnson has been awarded a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation entitled "Behavioral convergence in Caribbean lizards: morphological and physiological mechanisms."
May 2013 - Bonnie Kircher and Michele Johnson traveled to Daytona Beach to work with collaborator Beth Congdon on a new project on tail autotomy in brown anoles.
April 2013 - Our summer plans are starting to shape up! Welcome to new lab members Lauren Bush,Michelle Oberndorf, and Alyssa Fink, who'll join Ellee, Chris, Jordan, and McKenzie in our summer research projects.
March 2013 - Johnson lab students just keep winning Trinity University awards: Diego Castro will receive the Senior Biology Major Award, Michael Patton will receive the Senior Neuroscience Major Award, and Chris Robinson is a recipient of the Ulrich Scholarship in Biology. Congrats, guys!
March 2013 - We've recently had two manuscripts accepted for publication. Work by lab alums Alisa Dill,Andrew Battles, and collaborator Thom Sanger is appearing in the Journal of Zoology (more info here), and work by Andrew Battles,former tech Tara Whittle, and current student Chelsea Lewis will soon appear in Herpetological Conservation and Biology.
Updated May 2013
Anolis evermanni, Puerto Rico
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Johnson lab group, May 2012
Chris' poster at Trinity's Research Conference, July 2012