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Kevin P. Johnson
Assistant Research Scientist

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

Major Fields of Interest 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.


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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