Johnson Lab
Trinity University

Lizard behavioral evolution

Johnson Lab
Trinity University

Lizard behavioral evolution


Welcome to the Johnson Lab!
Michele A. Johnson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Trinity University
Department of Biology
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212

Office: 419 CSI; Lab: 418 CSI
Office Phone: 210-999-8918
Email: michele.johnson [at] trinity.edu

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!!

December 2014 - Our new article on the evolution of male reproductive traits in lizards has just been published in Current Zoology. Congrats, team!

October 2014 - Nine members of the lab attended the Texas Herpetological Society Fall Symposium.  McKenzie and Alyssa gave talks, and Jamal, Jake, Leah, and Michelle presented posters.

July 2014 - Michele Johnson has received the 2014 Early Career Mentoring Award from the Council on Undergraduate Research, Biology Division.

July 2014 - Jamal Murray, Michelle Oberndorf, Jake Stercula, Bonnie Kircher, and Michele Johnson have just returned from Puerto Rico, where they spent 6 weeks studying anole behavior and morphology.




Updated November 2014
Anolis evermanni, Puerto Rico
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Johnson lab group, May 2014
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