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Associate Professor Sheri Johnson

Associate Professor Sheri Johnson is a reproductive ecologist, based at the Centre for Reproduction & Genomics and the Department of Anatomy at the University of Otago.

Born and raised in Canada, Sheri graduated with a BSc (Hons) at Dalhousie University, before moving on to the University of Maine to complete her PhD in 2007. Sheri was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Florida before taking up her current position at Otago.

Sheri has broad interests in ecology, evolution and behaviour. Sheri uses an integrative approach (molecular, field ecology, reproductive biology and behavioural analysis) to understand the factors that affect reproductive success and mate choice in fish and marine invertebrates.

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Schenk, S., Horsfield, J. A., Dwoskin, L., & Johnson, S. L. (2024). Methamphetamine effects in zebrafish (Danio rerio) depend on behavioral endpoint, dose and test session duration. Pharmacology Biochemistry & Behavior, 240, 173777. doi: 10.1016/j.pbb.2024.173777 Journal - Research Article

Grey, L., Holwell, G. I., Jandt, J. M., & Johnson, S. (2024). Weapon allometry and shape variation in the Helm's stag beetle (Geodorcus helmsi). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/biolinnean/blae024 Journal - Research Article

Sanghvi, K., Vega-Trejo, R., Nakagawa, S., Gascoigne, S. J. L., Johnson, S. L., Salguero-Gómez, R., … Sepil, I. (2024). Meta-analysis shows no consistent evidence for senescence in ejaculate traits across animals. Nature Communications, 15, 558. doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-44768-4 Journal - Research Article

Thompson, L., Doogan, H., Thompson, C., Wehi, P., & Johnson, S. (2024). Are there differences in behaviour between the two colour morphs of the mountain stone wētā, Hemideina maori? New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 51(2), 211-227. doi: 10.1080/03014223.2023.2249408 Journal - Research Article

Besson, A., Johnson, S. L., Nakagawa, S., Meylan, S., & Cree, A. (2023). Do personality traits co-vary with baseline concentrations of glucocorticoids in a viviparous lizard? In D. J. Wilson & J. M. Monks (Eds.), Recent developments in research on the herpetofauna of Aotearoa New Zealand: Proceedings of the 18th Biennial Conference of the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand (SRARNZ) 2021: DOC Research and Development Series 369. 2.4. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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