Johnson, Jerald


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4033  LSB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-4502


  • PhD, Evolution & Ecology, University of Vermont, 2000
  • BA, Biology (Minor: Chemistry), University of Utah, 1995
  • AS, Liberal Arts, Snow College, 1993

  • Professor, Brigham Young University, 2015-Present
  • Associate Professor, Brigham Young University, 2010-2015
  • Visiting Sabbatical Scholar, University of Padua, Italy, 2011-2012
  • Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University, 2004-2010
  • Auxiliary Professor, University of Washington, Tacoma, 2003-2004

Academic - P-12
  • Science Teacher Inservice Instructor, Utah State Office of Education / Higher Eduction Partnership, 2007-Present

Academic - Post-Secondary
  • Postdoctoral Associate, United States National Academies of Science and Engineering, Seattle, 2001-2004
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2000-2001

 Honors and Awards
  • Brigham Young University : Young Scholar Award
  • Brigham Young University : University Devotional Speaker
  • College of Life Sciences, Brigham Young University : Outstanding Research Award
  • Utah Science Teachers Association : Outstanding Contributor in Science Education
  • Brigham Young University : Karl and Mollie Butler Young Scholar Award
  • U. S. National Research Council : U.S. National Academies of Science and Engineering Postdoctoral Research Award
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists : Raney Award
  • U.S. National Science Foundation : National Science Foundation Graduate Training Fellow
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists : Stoye Award - Honorable Mention
  • Brigham Young University : Cottam Award
 Courses Taught

Summer 2016
  • BIO 699R: Master's Thesis Section 011
  • BIO 799R: Dissertation Section 005
Spring 2016
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 016, 026
  • BIO 559R: Tropical Biology Section 007
  • BIO 699R: Master's Thesis Section 005
Winter 2016
  • BIO 420: Evolutionary Biology Section 001
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 008
  • BIO 559R: Adv Topics Ecology & Evolution Section 007
  • BIO 652: Evolutionary Ecology Section 001
  • BIO 699R: Master's Thesis Section 005
  • BIO 799R: Dissertation Section 006
  • IAS 369R: International Internship Prep Section 011
  • IAS 380R: Cultural Proofs Section 006
Fall 2015
  • BIO 130: Biology Section 004, 005, 006, 010
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 008
  • BIO 699R: Master's Thesis Section 006
  • BIO 799R: Dissertation Section 004

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Ingley SJ, Asl MR, Wu C, Cui R, Gadelhak MI, Li W, Zhang J, Veen T, Johnson JB, Yan W, et al. anyFish 2.0: an open-source software platform to generate and share animated fish models to study behaviour. Software X. 2015 Dec;3-4:13-21.  doi:10.1016/j.softx.2015.10.001

Bagley JC, Johnson JB. Phylogeography and biogeography of the lower Central American Neotropics: diversification between two continents, between two seas. Biological Reviews. 2014 Nov;89(4):767-790.  doi:10.1111/brv.12076

Ingley SJ, Johnson JB. Animal personality as a driver of reproductive isolation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 2014 Jul;29(7):369-371.

Zuniga-Vega JJ, Ingley SJ, Unmack PJ, Johnson JB. Do freshwater ecoregions and continental shelf width predict patterns of historical gene flow in the freshwater fish Poecilia butleri ?. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 2014 Jun.

Bagley JC, Sandel MW, Travis J, Lozano-Vilano ML, Johnson JB. Paleoclimatic modeling and phylogeography of least killifish (Heterandria formosa) reveal effects of Late Quarternary climate cycles on North American Coastal Plain biodiversity. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 2013 Oct;13(223).  doi:10.1186/1471-2148-13-223

Unmack PJ, Hammer MP, Adams M, Johnson JB, Dowling TE. The role of continental shelf width in determining freshwater phylogeography in southeastern Australian pygmy perches (Teleostei: Percichthyidae). Molecular Ecology. 2013 Feb;22:1683-1699.

Larson AD, Scarborough PL, Sayre CL, Johnson JB. What can phylogeographic breaks in the livebearer Poeciliopsis turrubarensis tell us about fish community boundaries in western Costa Rica?. Journal of Fish Biology. 2012 Mar;80(3):728-736.

Zuniga-Vega JJ, Olivera-Tlaheul C, Maceda-Cruz J, Molina-Zuluaga CM, Johnson JB. Intraspecific variation in mortality rates in the livebearing fish Poeciliopsis baenschi. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 2012 Mar;95:259-273.

Unmack PJ, Barriga JP, Battini MA, Habit E, Johnson JB. Phylogeography of the catfish Hatcheria macraei reveals a negligible role of contemporary drainage divides in structuring populations. Molecular Ecology. 2012 Feb;21(4):942-959.

Baker MJ, Williams LF, Lybbert AH, Johnson JB. How ecological science is portrayed in the mass media. EcoSphere. 2012 Jan;3(1):Article 9. <website>

Barber BR, Unmack PJ, Perez Losada M, Johnson JB, Crandall KA. Different processes lead to similar patterns: a test of codivergence and the role of sea level and climate changes in shaping a southern temperate freshwater assemblage. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 2011 Nov;11:343. <website>

Adams M, Wedderburn SD, Unmack PJ, Hammer MP, Johnson JB. Use of congeneric assessment to reveal the linked genetic histories of two threatened fishes in the Murray Darling Basin, Australia. Conservation Biology. 2011 Aug;25:767-776.

Scott LE, Johnson JB. Does sympatry predict life history and morphological diversification in the Mexican livebearing fish Poeciliopsis baenschi?. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 2010 Jun;100(3):608-616.

Zamora-Abrego JG, Chang YC, Zuniga-Vega JJ, Nieto-Montes De Oca A, Johnson JB. Demography of a knob-scaled lizard in northeastern Queretaro, Mexico. Herpetologica. 2010 Mar;66(1):39-51. <website>

Hickerson MJ, Carstens BC, Cavender-Bares J, Crandall KA, Graham CH, Johnson JB, Rissler L, Victoriano PF, Yoder AD. Phylogeography's past, present, and future: 10 years after Avise 2000. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 2010 Jan;54:291-301.

Johnson JB, Peat S, Adams BJ. Where's the ecology in molecular ecology?. Oikos. 2009 Nov;118:1601-1609.

Lee J, Johnson JB. Biogeography of the livebearing fish Poecilia gillii in Costa Rica: are phylogeographic breaks congruent with fish community boundaries?. Molecular Ecology. 2009 Sep;18:4088-4101.

Johnson JB, Zuniga-Vega JJ. Differential mortality predicts life history evolution and shapes population demography in the livebearing fish Brachyrhaphis rhabdophora. Ecology. 2009 Aug;90:2243-2252.

Johnson JB, Adair MJ, Adams BJ, Fairbanks D, Itamura V, Jeffery DE, Merrell DB, Ritter SM, Tolman RR. Evolution education in Utah: a state office of education-university partnership focuses on why evolution matters. Evolution: Education & Outreach. 2009 Jul;2:349-358. <website>

Jones CP, Johnson JB. Phylogeography of the livebearer Xenophallus umbratilis (Teleostei: Poeciliidae): glacial cycles and sea level change predict diversification of a freshwater tropical fish. Molecular Ecology. 2009 Mar;18:1640-1653.

Book Chapter

Johnson JB, Bagley JC. Ecological drivers of life history divergence in Poeciliid fishes. In: J. Evan, I. Schlupp, and A. Pilastro, editors. Ecology and evolution of livebearing fishes. (Eds. J. Evans, A. Pilastro, and I. Schlupp). 2011.