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Kevin Johnson

Brian Allan: Ecology of Infectious Diseases
Alison Bell: Behavioral Ecology
May R. Berenbaum: Chemical Ecology
Jeffrey Brawn: Avian Ecology
Carla Cáceres: Aquatic Evolutionary Ecology
Zac Cheviron: Physiology and Evolution
Jim Dalling: Tropical Forest Ecology
Evan Delucia: Plant Ecology & Global Change
Rebecca Fuller: Fish Evolutionary Genetics
Katy Heath: Genomics of Mutualisms
Feng Sheng Hu: Ecosystem Ecology
Matthew Hudson: Bioinformatics & Genomics
Kevin Johnson: Avian & Insect Systematics
Angela Kent: Microbial Ecology
Andrew Leakey: Plants & Global Change
Jian Ma: Comparative Genomics
Ripan Malhi: Molecular Anthropology
Andrew Miller: Fungal Biodiversity
Ken Paige: Evolutionary Ecology
Surangi Punyasena: Paleobotany
Hugh Robertson: Insect Genomics
Gene Robinson: Bee Behavior & Genomics
Al Roca: Conservation Genetics
Sandra Rodriguez-Zas: Bioinformatics
Karen Sears: Evolutionary Development
Saurabh Sinha: Computational Genomics
Andrew Suarez: Ant Ecology & Evolution
Rachel J. Whitaker: Microbial Genomics
Last Name
Area of Research
Avian & Insect Systematics

Illinois Mentor

Kevin Johnson


Assistant Research Scientist
1614 South Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 244-9267

Research Interests

Major Research Interests: Avian and Insect Systematics, Host-parasite Coevolution, Island Biogeography, Population Genetics, and Behavioral Ecology

General Research Interests: Host parasite systems provide an opportunity to study the interface between microevolutionary processes and macroevolutionary patterns. The goals of my current research center around recovering the coevolutionary history of birds and their ectoparasitic lice. The degree of cospeciation varies across different groups of lice. By understanding how ecological differences between groups might cause differences in coevolutionary history, considerable progress can be made towards predicting macroevolutionary patterns from microevolutionary process.

Representative and Recent Publications

  • Johnson, K. P., D. L. Reed, S. Hammond, D. Kim, and D. H. Clayton. 2007. Phylogenetic analysis of nuclear and mitochondrial genes supports species groups for Columbicola (Insecta: Phthiraptera). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 45:506-518.
  • Johnson, K. P., K. Yoshizawa, and V. S. Smith. 2004. Multiple origins of parasitism in lice. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 271:1771-1776.
  • Johnson, K. P. 2004. Deletion bias in avian introns over evolutionary timescales. Molecular Biology and Evolution 21:599-602.
  • Johnson, K. P., R. J. Adams, R. D. M. Page, and D. H. Clayton. 2003. When do parasites fail to speciate in response to host speciation? Systematic Biology 52:37-47.
  • Johnson, K. P., B. L. Williams, D. M. Drown, R. J. Adams, and D. H. Clayton. 2002. The population genetics of host specificity: Genetic differentiation in dove lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera). Molecular Ecology 11:25-38.
  • Johnson, K. P., F. R. Adler, and J. L. Cherry. 2000. Genetic and phylogenetic consequences of island biogeography. Evolution 54:387-396.
  • Johnson, K. P., F. McKinney, and M. D. Sorenson. 1999. Phylogenetic constraint on male parental care in the dabbling ducks. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 266:759-763.


  • University of Illinois Department of Animal Biology, Department of Entomology, and Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology
  • Field Museum of Natural History: Birds
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