Johnson Lab
Trinity University

Lizard behavioral evolution


Dr. Michele Johnson
I am an associate 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.


PEOPLE


Anolis evermanni, Puerto Rico
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
Jamal Murray
Jamal is a senior 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 plans to attend medical school after graduation.
Jake Stercula
Jake is a senior 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 Ivanov
Brittney graduated from Michigan State University in May 2014 with a degree in Zoology.  She joined our lab as a research technician in summer 2014, and she's now managing all of our field and lab projects.
Leah Selznick
Leah is a senior Biology major at Trinity.  Leah is working to understand the evolution of jaw musculature in lizards, and she plans to attend pharmacy school after graduation.
Maria Jaramillo
Maria is a junior, majoring in Neuroscience at Trinity. Maria's work in the lab focuses on the neural mechanisms that lizards use to visual process behavioral displays. She plans to attend medical school after graduation.
Miguel Webber
Miguel is a junior Biology major at Trinity. He's studying the neuromuscular mechanisms underlying social behavior in anoles, with a focus on androgen receptor expression in muscles and the brain.  Miguel plans to attend graduate school in Biology or Neuroscience after graduation.
Faith Deckard
Faith is a sophomore Biology major and McNair Scholar at Trinity. She's working on a project to determine how muscle cell types and size are associated with social behaviors in lizards. Faith plans to attend medical school after graduation.
Adam Zeb
Adam is a sophomore at Trinity, majoring in Biology. His research in the lab focuses on the evolution of neuromuscular junction size and density in anole lizards, and he plans to attend medical school after graduation.
Hannah Hall
Hannah is a sophomore Neuroscience major, studying the evolution of testis morphology in lizards (in collaboration with Ariel Kahrl at the University of Virginia). She's planning to attend medical school after graduation.