Warren E. Johnson, Ph.D.

NRC Research Associate

Dr. Warren E. Johnson is an evolutionary biologist and conservation geneticist at WRBU, and at the Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute's (SCBI) Center for Species Survival. His work at WRBU actively uses whole genome approaches to increase our understanding of the evolutionary history of species, to assess the genetic basis of geographic, morphological, and behavioral differences among mosquitoes and ticks, and to develop strategies promoting the active study and management of arthropod disease vectors and wildlife populations. Dr. Johnson often addresses evolutionary questions in model organisms or natural populations with research that has a strong biomedical/veterinary component.

His previous work, in collaboration with colleagues around the world, has been instrumental to understanding of the evolutionary foundations of diverse groups, including felids and primates, and of endangered species and populations. Dr. Johnson has been a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) felid and canid specialist groups, has served on the editorial board of the American Genetic Association Journal of Heredity since 2007, and plays an integral role in the G10K project assisting international genomic initiatives.

Dr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Arts in biology from Oberlin College, his Master of Science at Utah State University studying coyote social behavior, and his doctorate in animal ecology from Iowa State University.


Selected Publications:

Farré M, Kim J, Proskuryakova AA, Zhang Y, Kulemzina  AI, Li Q, et al. Evolution of gene regulation in ruminants differs between evolutionary breakpoint regions and homologous synteny blocks. Genome Research. 2019; Early online publication.

Borges R, Johnson WE, O’Brien SJ, Gomes C, Heesy CP, Antunes A. Adaptive genomic evolution of opsins reveals that early mammals flourished in nocturnal environments. BMC Genomics. 2018;19(1): 121.

Ramos B, González-Acuña D, Loyola DE, Johnson WE, Parker PG, Massaro M. Landscape genomics: natural selection drives the evolution of mitogenome in penguins. BMC Genomics. 2018;19(1): 53.

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