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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

Johnson, K. P., & Doña, J. (2024). Phylogenomics and biogeography of the feather lice (Phthiraptera: Ischnocera) of parrots. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Article blae034. Advance online publication.

Kolencik, S., Stanley, E. L., Punnath, A., Grant, A. R., Doña, J., Johnson, K. P., & Allen, J. M. (2024). Parasite escape mechanisms drive morphological diversification in avian lice. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 291(2019), Article 20232665.

Kolencik, S., Sychra, O., Johnson, K. P., Weckstein, J. D., Sallam, M. F., & Allen, J. M. (2024). The parasitic louse genus Myrsidea (Amblycera: Menoponidae): a comprehensive review and world checklist. Insect Systematics and Diversity, 8(3), Article ixae007.

Najer, T., Doña, J., Buček, A., Sweet, A. D., Sychra, O., & Johnson, K. P. (2024). Mitochondrial genome fragmentation is correlated with increased rates of molecular evolution. PLoS genetics, 20(5 MAY), Article e1011266.

Doña, J., & Johnson, K. P. (2023). Host body size, not host population size, predicts genome-wide effective population size of parasites. Evolution Letters, 7(4), 285-292.

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