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Michael Johnson

Professor Mike Johnson

Senior Honorary Research Fellow
Biological Sciences, School of

Contact details
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M092)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2244
+61 8 6488 1029
BA Calif., MSc Wash., PhD Yale
Key research
Population, conservation and evolutionary genetics, especially of snails.
Representative recent publications:

Black, R., Johnson, M.S., Prince, J., Brearley, A., and Bond, T. 2011. Evidence of large, local variations in recruitment and mortality in the small giant clam, Tridacna maxima, at Ningaloo Marine Park, Western Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research 62: 1318-1326.

Finston, T.L, Francis, C.J., and Johnson, M.S. 2009. Biogeography of the stygobitic isopod Pygolabis (Malacostraca: Tainisopidae) in the Pilbara, Western Australia: evidence for multiple colonisations of the groundwater. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 52: 448-460.

Johnson, M.S. 2011. Thirty-four years of climatic selection in the land snail Theba pisana. Heredity 106: 741-848.

Johnson, M.S. 2012. Epistasis, phenotypic disequilibrium and contrasting associations with climate in the land snail Theba pisana. Heredity 108: 229-235.

Johnson, M.S., Hamilton Z.R., Teale, R., and Kendrick, P.G. 2012.Endemic evolutionary radiation of Rhagada land snails (Pulmonata: Camaenidae) in a continental archipelago in northern Western Australia. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 106: 316-327.

Johnson, M.S., O’Brien, E.K., Fitzpatrick, J.J. 2010. Deep, hierarchical divergence of mitochondrial DNA in Amplirhagada land snails (Gastropoda: Camaenidae) from the Bonaparte Archipelago, Western Australia. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 100: 141-153.

Köhler, F., and Johnson, M.S. 2012. Species limits in molecular phylogenies: a cautionary tale from Australian land snails (Camaenidae: Amplirhagada Iredale, 1933). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 165: 337-362.

Kennington, W.J., Hevroy, T.H. and Johnson, M.S. 2012. Long-term genetic monitoring reveals contrasting changes in the genetic composition of newly established populations of the intertidal snail Bembicium vittatum. Molecular Ecology 21: 3489-3500.

Kennington, W.J., Berry, O., Groth, D.M., Johnson, M.S., and Melville-Smith, R. 2013. Spatial scales of genetic patchiness in the western rock lobster (Panulirus cygnus). Molecular Ecology Progress Series 486: 213-221.

Stankowski, S., and Johnson, M.S. 2014. Biogeographic discordance of molecular phylogenetic and phenotypic variation in a continental archipelago radiation of land snails. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14:2.

O’Neill, C., Johnson, M.S., Hamilton, Z.R., and Teale, R.J. 2014. Molecular phylogenetics of the land snail genus Quistrachia (Gastropoda: Camaenidae) in northern Western Australia. Invertebrate Systematics 28: 244-257.
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Current projects
1. Genetic structure and the basis for local adaptation in the intertidal snail Bembicium vittatum.
2. Genetics, phylogenetics and systematics of endemic Western Australian land snails, especially those in the Pilbara region.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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