Derek Johnson

Derek M. Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

(804) 828-0274

Trani Life Sciences Building, 1000 W. Cary St., room 002


  • Ph.D. Biology, University of Miami (2003)
  • M.S. Zoology, University of South Florida (1994)
  • B.S. Biology, Florida State University (1991)

Research Interests

  • Forest pest insect
  • Spatiotemporal population dynamics
  • Population modeling
  • Climate change biology
  • Conservation biology

Select Publications

  • Nunez-Mir GC, Walter JA, Grayson KL, Johnson DM. 2022. Assessing drivers of localized invasive spread to inform large-scale management of a high-profile insect pest. Ecological Applications. 32:e2538.
  • Büntgen U, Gonzalez-Rouco F, Luterbacher J, Stenseth NC & Johnson DM. 2020. Extending the climatological concept of ‘Detection and Attribution’ to global change ecology in the Anthropocene. Functional Ecology 34(11): 2270-2283.   
  • Grayson, KL & Johnson DM. 2018. Novel insights on population and range edge dynamics using an unparalleled spatiotemporal record of species invasion. Journal of Animal Ecology 87:3 581-593. 
  • Johnson DM, Büntgen U, Frank DC, Kausrud K, Haynes KJ, Liebhold AM, Esper J & Stenseth NC. 2010. Climate warming disrupts recurrent Alpine insect outbreaks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107: 20576-20581.
  • Johnson DM, Tobin PC, Liebhold AM & Bjørnstad ON. 2006. Allee effects and pulsed invasions by the gypsy moth. Nature 444: 361-363.
  • Full publication list


  • BIOL 459: Infectious Disease Ecology
  • BIOL 430: Invasion Biology
  • BIOL 520: Population Ecology