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Kevin Paul Johnson

Principal Ornithologist

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. 


PhD, Ecology, University of Minnesota, 1997
BS, Biology, Bethel College, St Paul MN, 1991

Additional Campus Affiliations

Principal Ornithologist, Illinois Natural History Survey
Department Affiliate, Entomology

Recent Publications

Knyshov, A., Gordon, E. R. L., Masonick, P. K., Castillo, S., Forero, D., Hoey-Chamberlain, R., Hwang, W. S., Johnson, K. P., Lemmon, A. R., Lemmon, E. M., Standring, S., Zhang, J., & Weirauch, C. (2023). Chromosome-aware phylogenomics of Assassin Bugs (Hemiptera: Reduvioidea) elucidates ancient gene conflict. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 40(8).,

Saenz Manchola, O. F., Virrueta Herrera, S., D'Alessio, L. M., García Aldrete, A. N., & Johnson, K. P. (2023). Phylogenomics of the family Lachesillidae (Insecta: Psocodea: Psocomorpha). Systematic Entomology, 48(2), 316-327.

Sweet, A. D., Browne, D. R., Hernandez, A. G., Johnson, K. P., & Cameron, S. L. (2023). Draft genome assemblies of the avian louse Brueelia nebulosa and its associates using long-read sequencing from an individual specimen. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 13(4), Article jkad030.

Boyd, B. M., Nguyen, N. P., Allen, J. M., Waterhouse, R. M., Vo, K. B., Sweet, A. D., Clayton, D. H., Bush, S. E., Shapiro, M. D., & Johnson, K. P. (2022). Long-distance dispersal of pigeons and doves generated new ecological opportunities for host-switching and adaptive radiation by their parasites. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 289(1970), Article 20220042.

Johnson, K. P. (2022). Genomic Approaches to Uncovering the Coevolutionary History of Parasitic Lice. Life, 12(9), Article 1442.

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