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Dr Sheri Johnson

Email sheri.johnson@otago.ac.nzSheri_Johnson

Phone 64-3-479-7929

Teaching

    

Research Interests

Behavioural Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Molecular Ecology, Ecological Genetics, Reproductive Biology, Environmental Epigenetics, Behavioural Genomics, Insect Conservation and Behaviour

I am a behavioural ecologist with broad interests in sexual selection, mating system evolution, sperm biology and the effects of human-induced change on the reproductive ecology and behaviour of animals. Overall, my research programme investigates both genetic and environmental effects on behaviour and reproductive fitness. We currently use zebrafish, tree weta, stag beetles, and triplefins in our research, but I am open to working with different study systems.

Postgraduate Students

I am currently accepting students interested in working on insect conservation and behaviour, particularly in grasshoppers, wētā or stag beetles, and transgenerational acclimation in fishes.

The University of Otago offers PhD scholarships to candidates with excellent academic records (irrespective of nationality). Please feel free to contact me if you are interested my research and would like to do your PhD in New Zealand. More information can be found on the Scholarships page.

Current Students

Luna Thomas (PhD Zoology), The mating system of the endemic stag beetle, Geodorcus helmsi. Supervisors: Johnson, Jandt

Yasmin Foster (PhD Zoology), Integrating genomic and epigenomic approaches for kākāpō conservation. Supervisors: Robertson, Johnson, Gossner

Mateus Detoni (PhD Zoology), Social wasp behavioural ecology and genomics. Supervisors: Jandt, Johnson

Meg Kelly (MSc Zoology), Examining behavioural differences between predator aware and predator naive tree wētā. Supervisors: Johnson, Priscilla Wehi

Fletcher Munsterman (MSc, Zoology), Impacts of microplastics on triplefin behaviour. Supervisors: Johnson, Bridie Allan

Dominque Harris (MSc, Zoology), Can territorial fish recognise each other as individuals? Supervisors: Closs, Johnson


Previous Students

Brad Lamont (MSc Marine Science), Investigating how a high predation environment during embryogenesis affects larval characteristics in triplefin fish using chemical alarm cues. Supervisors: Allan, Johnson

Adele Parli (MSc Zoology), Behavioural effects of brodifacoum bait exposure on Wellington tree wētā. Supervisors: Johnson, Priscilla Wehi, Anne Besson

Hilary Thomson (MSc Zoology), Repeatability of zebrafish personality traits. Supervisor: Johnson

Simon Lamb (MSc Zoology), Effects of atrazine on transgenerational epigenetics in zebrafish. Supervisor: Johnson

Carlos Lara Vasquez (PhD Zoology), Immunity, quality, and fitness in a bird with a variable mating system. Supervisors: Nakagawa, Robertson, Johnson

Benedikt Holtmann (PhD Zoology), Animal personality and social networks in a species with variable mating systems, the Dunnock. Supervisors: Nakagawa, Robertson, Johnson

Jordan Aria Housiaux (MSc Marine Sciences), Ecology of sevengill sharks using mark/recapture and connectivity analyses. Supervisors: Rayment, Hepburn, Johnson


Links

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Publications

Johnson, S. L., Borziak, K., Kleffmann, T., Rosengrave, P., Dorus, S., & Gemmell, N. J. (2020). Ovarian fluid proteome variation associates with sperm swimming speed in an externally fertilising fish. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 33, 1783-1794. doi: 10.1111/jeb.13717

Lara, C. E., Grueber, C. E., Holtmann, B., Santos, E. S. A., Johnson, S. L., Robertson, B. C., … Nakagawa, S. (2020). Assessment of the dunnocks’ introduction to New Zealand using innate immune-gene diversity. Evolutionary Ecology, 34, 803-820. doi: 10.1007/s10682-020-10070-0

Sasson, D. A., Johnson, S. L., Smith, M. D., & Brockmann, H. J. (2020). Seasonal variation in reproduction of horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) from the Gulf Coast of Florida. Biological Bulletin, 239, 24-39. doi: 10.1086/709876

Ragsdale, A. K., Dutoit, L., Besson, A. A., King, T., Gemmell, N. J., Hore, T., & Johnson, S. L. (2020). Paternal hypoxia exposure primes offspring for increased hypoxia resistance. Integrative & Comparative Biology, 60(Suppl. 1), (pp. E192). doi: 10.1093/icb/icaa006

Thomson, H. R., Lamb, S. D., Besson, A. A., & Johnson, S. L. (2020). Long-term repeatability of behaviours in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Ethology, 126, 903-911. doi: 10.1111/eth.13038

Brockmann, H. J., Johnson, S. L., Smith, M. D., & Sasson, D. (2015). Mating tactics of the American horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus). In R. H. Carmichael, M. L. Botton, P. K. S. Shin & S. G. Cheung (Eds.), Changing global perspectives on horseshoe crab biology, conservation and management. (pp. 321-351). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-19542-1_19

Chapter in Book - Research

Johnson, S. L., Borziak, K., Kleffmann, T., Rosengrave, P., Dorus, S., & Gemmell, N. J. (2020). Ovarian fluid proteome variation associates with sperm swimming speed in an externally fertilising fish. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 33, 1783-1794. doi: 10.1111/jeb.13717

Journal - Research Article

Lamb, S. D., Chia, J. H. Z., & Johnson, S. L. (2020). Paternal exposure to a common herbicide alters the behavior and serotonergic system of zebrafish offspring. PLoS ONE, 15(4), e0228357. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0228357

Journal - Research Article

Lara, C. E., Grueber, C. E., Holtmann, B., Santos, E. S. A., Johnson, S. L., Robertson, B. C., … Nakagawa, S. (2020). Assessment of the dunnocks’ introduction to New Zealand using innate immune-gene diversity. Evolutionary Ecology, 34, 803-820. doi: 10.1007/s10682-020-10070-0

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Parli, A., Besson, A., Wehi, P., & Johnson, S. (2020). Sub-lethal exposure to a mammalian pesticide bait alters behaviour in an orthopteran. Journal of Insect Conservation, 24, 536-546. doi: 10.1007/s10841-020-00222-6

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Sasson, D. A., Johnson, S. L., Smith, M. D., & Brockmann, H. J. (2020). Seasonal variation in reproduction of horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) from the Gulf Coast of Florida. Biological Bulletin, 239, 24-39. doi: 10.1086/709876

Journal - Research Article

Thomson, H. R., Lamb, S. D., Besson, A. A., & Johnson, S. L. (2020). Long-term repeatability of behaviours in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Ethology, 126, 903-911. doi: 10.1111/eth.13038

Journal - Research Article

Johnson, S. L., Zellhuber-McMillan, S., Gillum, J., Dunleavy, J., Evans, J., Nakagawa, S., & Gemmell, N. J. (2018). Evidence that fertility trades off with early offspring fitness as males age. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285(1871), 20172174. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.2174

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Gessner, C., Johnson, S. L., Fisher, P., Clarke, S., Rutherford, K., Symonds, J., & Gemmell, N. J. (2017). Male-female relatedness at specific SNP-linkage groups influences cryptic female choice in Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284(1859), 20170853. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0853

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Lamb, S. D., Taylor, H. R., Holtmann, B., Santos, E. S. A., Tamayo, J. H., Johnson, S. L., Nakagawa, S., & Lara, C. E. (2017). Coprophagy in Dunnocks (Prunella modularis): A frequent behavior in females, infrequent in males, and very unusual in nestlings. Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 129(3), 615-620. doi: 10.1676/16-059.1

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Flynn, T., Signal, B., Johnson, S. L., & Gemmell, N. J. (2016). Mitochondrial genome diversity among six laboratory zebrafish (Danio rerio) strains. Mitochondrial DNA, 27(6), 4364-4371. doi: 10.3109/19401736.2015.1089536

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Holtmann, B., Grosser, S., Lagisz, M., Johnson, S. L., Santos, E. S. A., Lara, C. E., Robertson, B. C., & Nakagawa, S. (2016). Population differentiation and behavioural association of the two 'personality' genes DRD4 and SERT in dunnocks (Prunella modularis). Molecular Ecology, 25(3), 706-722. doi: 10.1111/mec.13514

Journal - Research Article

Senior, A. M., Johnson, S. L., & Nakagawa, S. (2016). Sperm traits of masculinized fish relative to wild-type males: A systematic review and meta-analyses. Fish & Fisheries, 17(1), 143-164. doi: 10.1111/faf.12096

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Johnson, S. L., Dunleavy, J., Gemmell, N. J., & Nakagawa, S. (2015). Consistent age-dependent declines in human semen quality: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Ageing Research Reviews, 19, 22-33. doi: 10.1016/j.arr.2014.10.007

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Sasson, D. A., Johnson, S. L., & Brockmann, H. J. (2015). Reproductive tactics and mating contexts affect sperm traits in horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus). Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, 69(11), 1769-1778. doi: 10.1007/s00265-015-1989-7

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Vasquez, M. C., Johnson, S. L., Brockmann, H. J., & Julian, D. (2015). Nest site selection minimizes environmental stressor exposure in the American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus (L.). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology, 463, 105-114. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2014.10.028

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Yund, P. O., Collins, C., & Johnson, S. L. (2015). Evidence of a Native Northwest Atlantic COI haplotype clade in the cryptogenic colonial ascidian Botryllus schlosseri. Biological Bulletin, 228(3), 201-216.

Journal - Research Article

Johnson, S. L., Villarroel, M., Rosengrave, P., Carne, A., Kleffmann, T., Lokman, P. M., & Gemmell, N. J. (2014). Proteomic analysis of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) ovarian fluid. PLoS ONE, 9(8), e104155. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104155

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Johnson, S. L., & Brockmann, H. J. (2013). Parental effects on early development: Testing for indirect benefits of polyandry. Behavioral Ecology, 24(5), 1218-1228. doi: 10.1093/beheco/art056

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Johnson, S. L., & Brockmann, H. J. (2012). Alternative reproductive tactics in female horseshoe crabs. Behavioral Ecology, 23(5), 999-1008. doi: 10.1093/beheco/ars063

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Johnson, S. L., & Gemmell, N. J. (2012). Are old males still good males and can females tell the difference?: Do hidden advantages of mating with old males off-set costs related to fertility, or are we missing something else? BioEssays, 34(7), 609-619. doi: 10.1002/bies.201100157

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Sasson, D. A., Johnson, S. L., & Brockmann, H. J. (2012). The role of age on sperm traits in the American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus. Animal Behaviour, 84(4), 975-981. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.07.023

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Brockmann, H. J., & Johnson, S. L. (2011). A long-term study of spawning activity in a Florida Gulf coast population of horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus). Estuaries & Coasts, 34(5), 1049-1067. doi: 10.1007/s12237-011-9419-1

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Johnson, S. L., & Brockmann, H. J. (2010). Costs of multiple mates: An experimental study in horseshoe crabs. Animal Behaviour, 80(5), 773-782. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.07.019

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Johnson, S. L., & Yund, P. O. (2009). Effects of fertilization distance on male gain curves in a free-spawning marine invertebrate: A combined empirical and theoretical approach. Evolution, 63(12), 3114-3123. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00784.x

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Johnson, S. L., & Yund, P. O. (2008). Mulitple paternity and subsequent fusion-rejection interactions in a kin-structured population. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 364, 129-134. doi: 10.3354/meps07500

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Johnson, S. L., & Yund, P. O. (2007). Variation in multiple paternity in natural populations of a free-spawning marine invertebrate. Molecular Ecology, 16(15), 3253-3262. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2007.03366.x

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Yund, P. O., Murdock, K., & Johnson, S. L. (2007). Spatial distribution of ascidian sperm: Two -dimensional patterns and short vs. time-integrated assays. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 341, 103-109.

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O'Dea, R. E., Noble, D. W. A., Johnson, S. L., Hesselson, D., & Nakagawa, S. (2016). The role of non-genetic inheritance in evolutionary rescue: Epigenetic buffering, heritable bet hedging and epigenetic traps. Environmental Epigenetics, 2(1), dvv014. doi: 10.1093/eep/dvv014

Journal - Research Other

Ragsdale, A. K., Dutoit, L., Besson, A. A., King, T., Gemmell, N. J., Hore, T., & Johnson, S. L. (2020). Paternal hypoxia exposure primes offspring for increased hypoxia resistance. Integrative & Comparative Biology, 60(Suppl. 1), (pp. E192). doi: 10.1093/icb/icaa006

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Ragsdale, A., Dutoit, L., Chia, J., Gemmell, N., & Johnson, S. (2019). It's in your head: How echoes of the past shape future progeny. Proceedings of the Genetics Society of Australasia (GSA) Conference. Retrieved from https://event.crowdcompass.com/gsa2019

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Johnson, S. L., & Lamb, S. D. (2017). Intergenerational effects of atrazine exposure suring juvenile development in zebrafish. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Genetics Society of Australasia (GSA) with the New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NZSBMB). 704. Retrieved from http://gen2017.w.events4you.currinda.com

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Ragsdale, A., Hore, T., & Johnson, S. (2017). DNA methylation and aging in zebrafish. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Genetics Society of Australasia (GSA) with the New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NZSBMB). 531. Retrieved from http://gen2017.w.events4you.currinda.com

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Thomson, H., & Johnson, S. (2017). Genetic effects on social isolation anxiety in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Genetics Society of Australasia (GSA) with the New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NZSBMB). 539. Retrieved from http://gen2017.w.events4you.currinda.com

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Johnson, S. (2012). Cryptic female choice in salmon: Does sperm motility require a female’s touch? Proceedings of the Centre for Reproduction and Genomics 4th Annual Research Colloquium. (pp. 8). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/crg/news/colloquium/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Johnson, S. L. (2007). Mating system dynamics in a free-spawning colonial ascidian (PhD). University of Maine, Orono, ME.

Awarded Doctoral Degree

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