Johnson, Robert


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

Associate Professor

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
  • PhD, Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Brigham Young University, 2008
  • MS, Plant Ecology, Brigham Young University, 1993
  • BS, Botany and Range, Brigham Young University, 1991
  • Society of Herbarium Curators, 2015-Present
  • American Penstemon Society, 2014-Present
  • American Society of Plant Taxonomists, 2014-Present
 Courses Taught

Winter 2018
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 009
Spring 2017
  • BIO 235: Field Botany Section 001
Fall 2016
  • BIO 235: Field Botany Section 002
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 010
Fall 2015
  • BIO 235: Field Botany Section 002

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Johnson RL, Anderson VJ, Yankee A, Anderson ZV. 2017. Seed Predation in Wild Populations of Chamisso Arnica (Arnica chamissonis Less: Asteraceae) and New Host Records for Campiglossa snowi (Hering) (Diptera: Tephritidae). Western North American Naturalist. 77(1):14-21.  doi:10.3398/064.077.0103

Johnson RL, Stevens MR, Johnson LA, Robbins MD, Anderson CD, Ricks NJ, Farley KM. 2016. Molecular and morphological evidence for Penstemon luculentus (Plantaginaceae): a replacement name for Penstemon fremontii var. glabrescens. PhytoKeys. 63:47-62. <website> doi:10.3897/phytokeys.63.7952

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.


Anderson NV, Johnson RL, Anderson VJ. Impacts on native bee populations exposed to domestic honey bee introductions. Society For Range Management Annual Meeting. St. George, Utah. 2017 .

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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