The College of Life Sciences

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.
  • PdD, Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Brigham Young University, 2008
  • MS, Plant Ecology, Brigham Young University, 1993
  • BS, Botany and Range, Brigham Young University, 1991
 Courses Taught

Fall 2014
  • BIO 235: Field Botany Section 002
Fall 2013
  • BIO 235: Field Botany Section 002
Winter 2008
  • PAS 301: Plant Growth & Reproduction Section 001, 002, 003
Fall 2007
  • PAS 210: Herbaceous Plants Section 001

Selected Publications
Journal Articles

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


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

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 Aug.

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 Mar.