Johnson, Robert

Biology

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3115A  MLBM
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-7094

Associate Professor

 Biography
I was born in Delta, Utah and grew up as a teenager in American Fork, Utah. I got a B.S. and M.S. degree in Botany and Plant Ecology at Brigham Young University. After graduation I worked as a plant ecologist for the Department of Defense at Dugway Proving Ground for nearly 10 years followed by several years working as a Research Scientist at Brigham Young University. During this time I finished a Doctoral degree in Restoration Ecology and then took a job working for the Southern Nevada Water Authority managing a Nature Preserve in Warm Springs, Moapa, Nevada. Currently I am a faculty member in the Department of Biology at BYU with a primary responsibility as the plant collection manager for the Stanley L. Welsh Herbarium, Monte L. Bean Museum. Naturally I like plants, but also have a fondness for insects, poultry, history, and sugar.
 Research Interests
Plant taxonomy, plant-insect interactions
 Education
  • PhD, Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Brigham Young University, 2008
  • MS, Plant Ecology, Brigham Young University, 1993
  • BS, Botany and Range, Brigham Young University, 1991
 Memberships
  • Society of Herbarium Curators, 2015-Present
  • American Penstemon Society, 2014-Present
  • American Society of Plant Taxonomists, 2014-Present
 Courses Taught

Fall 2016
  • BIO 235: Field Botany Section 002
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 010
Fall 2015
  • BIO 235: Field Botany Section 002
Winter 2015
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 010
Fall 2014
  • BIO 235: Field Botany Section 002

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Stevens MR, Johnson RL. 2016. Annual APS Summer Meeting Rewards: Taxonomic clarification of two Penstemon species of the Uinta Basin of Colorado and Utah. Bulletin of the American Penstemon Society. 75:8-20.

Stevens MR, Johnson RL. 2015. Breeding native flowers for drought tolerant urban landscapes: 2014 progress report. Report of the Intermountain Native Plants Cooperative. 6:33-38.

Johnson LA, Johnson RL. 2006. Morphological delimitation and molecular evidence for allopolyploidy in Collomia wilkenii (Polemoniaceae), a new species from northern Nevada. Systematic Botany. 31:349-360.

Presentations

Stevens MR, Harrison S, Ensign B, Robbins MD, Johnson RL, Johnson LA, Anderson CD, Ricks NJ, Farley KM. Breeding native flowers for drought tolerant urban landscapes: 2016 progress report. Annual WERA Meetings. Ames, Iowa. 2016 .

Ricks NJ, Stevens MR, Johnson RL, Johnson LA, Anderson CD, Robbins MD, Farley KM. The development and use of SSR markers for Penstemon scariosus, a species with horticultural potential. American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. 2016 .

Rodriguez-Pena RR, Wolfe AD, Robbins MD, Johnson RL, Johnson LA, Anderson CD, Ricks NJ, Farley KM, Stevens MR. Population genetics and geographic patterns among varieties of Penstemon scariosus. Botanical Society of America Annual Conference. Savannah, Georgia. 2016 .

Stevens MR, Johnson RL, Stettler JM. Morphological and genetic characterization of blue penstemon (Penstemon cyaneus). Joint Annual Meeting of the SER-Great Basin Chapter and the Great Basin Native Plant Project. Boise, Idaho. 2016 .

Stevens MR, Harrison S, Ensign B, Johnson RL. Progress report of diversity studies and interspecific hybridization in Penstemon. Annual WERA Meetings. Boise, ID. 2015 .

Anderson VJ, Fugal R, Davies K, Johnson RL, Doan JB, Vernon JL. Impacts of Juniper and sagebrush chaining on surface lithic scatters. Utah Chapter of Wildlife Society. Moab, Utah. 2015 .

Stevens MR, Johnson RL, Geary BD. Breeding native flowers for drought tolerant urban landscapes; 2014 progress report. Annual WERA Meetings. Kaysville, Utah. 2014 .

Nelson CR, Johnson RL, Anderson VJ. A comparison of robber fly (Diptera: Asilidae) communities found in native and non-native plant associations in the Great Basin of western North America. 8th International Congress of Dipterology. Potsdam, Germany. 2014 .

Johnson RL, Anderson VJ, Gardner ET, Nelson CR. Use of Utah juniper and sagebrush vs. cheatgrass and crested wheatgrass habitats by mini-predators – robberflies (Asilidae). Intermountain Native Plant Summit VII. Boise, Idaho. 2013 .

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