Johnson Lab
Trinity University

Lizard behavioral evolution

Dr. Michele Johnson
I am an assistant professor interested in evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, and behavioral neuroscience.  I completed my PhD in 2007 with Jonathan Losos and Alan Templeton at Washington University, and conducted postdoctoral research with Juli Wade at Michigan State.  Click here to see my CV.


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Interested in joining the lab?  I am always looking for motivated undergraduates interested in field- or lab-based research on lizard behavior.  If you think this might be you, read the lab website carefully and email me with a description of yourself and why you're interested in the lab.
Johnson Lab HALL OF FAME
McKenzie Quinn
McKenzie is a senior Biology major, and she is a part of the Integrated Research in Biology and Mathematics program.  Her research has focused on determining a model of lizard metabolism, and understanding the fitness impacts of tail loss in lizards. She plans to attend medical school after graduation.
Jamal Murray
Jamal is a junior at Trinity, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  Jamal's project in the lab focuses on sexual selection and reproductive morphologies in anole lizards.  He's considering attending medical school after graduation.
Alyssa Fink
Alyssa is a senior Biology major and Beckman scholar, and (in collaboration with Dr. David Ribble) she is completing an honors thesis using population genetics to study the effectiveness of urban greenways for Texas spiny lizard dispersal. She plans to attend graduate school in conservation biology after graduation.
Lauren Davis
Lauren is a senior double-majoring in Biology and Environmental Studies.  Her honors thesis work in the lab investigates whether brain morphology is associated with the behaviors of invasive species of Texas lizards.
Michelle Oberndorf
Michelle is a senior Biology major studying the evolutionary relationships between muscle physiology and locomotor behaviors in lizards. She's planning to pursue a graduate degree in physical therapy after graduation.
Jake Stercula
Jake is a junior at Trinity, majoring in Neuroscience.  Jake is studying the association between body temperature and brain lipid composition in anoles, and you can always find him in the lab!  He's planning to attend medical school after graduation.
Brittney Andre
Brittney graduated from Michigan State University in May 2014 with a degree in Zoology.  She joined our lab as a research technician this summer, and she's now managing all of our field and lab projects.
Leah Selznick
Leah is a junior Biology major at Trinity.  Leah is working to understand the evolution of jaw musculature in lizards, and she plans to attend medical school after graduation.
Maria Jaramillo
Maria is a sophomore, majoring in Neuroscience at Trinity.  While now working on a project on reproductive physiology in lizards, Maria is developing plans to study lizards' visual processing of behavioral displays.  She plans to attend medical school after graduation.
Miguel Webber
Miguel is a sophomore Neuroscience major at Trinity, and he's developing a project that focuses on the neuromuscular mechanisms underlying social behavior in anoles.  Miguel plans to attend graduate school in Biology or Neuroscience after graduation.
Faith Deckard
Faith is a first-year student planning to major in Biology at Trinity. She's working with Michelle on a project to determine how muscle cell types are associated with locomotor behaviors in lizards. Check out her description of her work here
Adam Zeb
Adam is a first-year student at Trinity, with plans to major in Biology. He's working with Jake on a project to determine how environmental temperature affects lipid composition in the lizard brain. (Yeah, that's as cool as it sounds!)