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How does behavior evolve? My research aims to answer this question using lizards in the genus Anolis, or anoles. One area Iíve focused on is the influence of habitat use on behavioral evolution Ė Caribbean anoles are particularly useful for this research because of their independent evolution of the same microhabitat specialists on different islands. Another area Iím interested in is the relationship between structure (morphology) and function (behavior), and how this relationship evolves. In my postdoctoral research with Dr. Juli Wade, I am examining reproductive behavior in Anolis lizards and the neural, muscular, and endocrine structures that control this behavior.


Michigan State University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Zoology
Dr. Juli Wade's Laboratory

Neuroscience Program
108 Giltner Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
EMAIL: majohnso[at]msu.edu email
PHONE: 517-432-5113




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MICHELE A. JOHNSON, Ph.D.     (now at Trinity University)


PhD in Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Advisors: Jonathan B. Losos and Alan R. Templeton
Dissertation: "Behavioral Ecology of Caribbean Anolis Lizards: A Comparative Approach"

Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Biology
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Biology major, Chemistry and German minors
EDUCATION

2007




2001