Phone: (605) 688-4438
Mailing Address:
Agronomy,Horticulture, & Plant Sci
Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science-Box 2207A
Brookings, SD 57007

Paul Johnson


Specialty Area:
Areas of Study/Academic Interests:
Insect taxonomy, biodiversity, conservation biology, collections management
Ph.D. - University of Wisconsin, Madison M.S. - University of Idaho B.S. - Oregon State University
Teaching Responsibilities:
Undergraduate: Insect Biology, PS/Zool 305 Graduate: Insect Taxonomy PS 761, Special Topics, Independent Study, Thesis
Research/Scholarship Responsibilities:
Insect biodiversity in the Americas and Pacific Oceania, with focal projects in prairie ecosystems, the Black Hills, Costa Rica, Colombia, Hawaii, Fiji, and Samoa.
Committee Activities:
SDSU Faculty Senate (2008-2014; President 2010-2011; past-President 2011-2012; Executive Commitee 2012-2013). Graduate Council (2011-2014).
1. Johnson, P.J. A Biodiversity Inventory of Native Bees of the Black Hills Ecoregion. South Dakota Dept. of Game, Fish & Parks. $107,700. 2. Johnson, P.J., S. Rupp, A. Boe, V. Owens. Biofuel Crops in Eastern South Dakota: Establishment, Productivity, Biotic Impact, and Multiple Use Potential. Sun Grant Initiative, South Dakota State University and U.S. Dept. of Energy. $339,600. 3. Boe, A., K. Albrecht, C. Carter, P. Johnson, V. Owens. Breeding, Agronomy, and Pest Management of Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum), a Potential New Biomass Crop for the North Central USA. Sun Grant Initiative, South Dakota State University and U.S. Dept. of Energy. $406,300.
Past 5 years: Johnson, P.J. 2005 (2006). Byrrhidae Latreille, 1804, pp. 898-899. In Handbuch der Zoologie, Coleoptera Beetles, vol. 1. Walter de Gruyter GMBH & Co., KG, Berlin. Westcott, R.L, J.R. LaBonte, G.W. Parson, and P.J. Johnson. 2006. New records and other notes for Oregon Coleoptera. Zootaxa, 1142: 1-33. Okins, K.E. and P.J. Johnson. 2005 (2006). Spider biodiversity at Oak Lake Field Station, Brookings County, South Dakota. Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Sciences, 84: 171-180. Johnson, P.J. and S.B. Peck. 2006. Family Elateridae, Click Beetles, pp. 168-172. In S.B. Peck, The Beetles of the Galapágos Islands, Ecuador: Evolution, Ecology, and Diversity (Insecta, Coleoptera). National Research Council Press, Ottawa, 313p. Johnson, P.J. and G.A. Samuelson. 2006. Additions and notes to the Elateridae (Coleoptera) of the Hawaiian Islands. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers, No. 88, pp. 22-24. Samuelson, G.A. and P.J. Johnson. 2006. Callirhipidae, a new family to the Hawaiian beetle fauna. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers, No. 88, pp. 44-45. Gabel, M.L., P.J. Johnson, G.E. Larson, D.J. Ode, H.A. Downing, and G.M. Kostel. 2007 (2008). South Dakota’s Natural History Collections: an endangered teaching and research resource. Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science, 86 71-82. Majka, C.G. and P.J. Johnson. 2008. The Elateridae (Coleoptera) of the Maritime Provinces of Canada: faunal composition, new records, and taxonomic changes. Zootaxa, 1811: 1-33. Meagan Hall and P.J. Johnson. 2007 (2008). A Red-Bellied Snake entangled in a Brown Spider web in South Dakota. Prairie Naturalist, 39 (3/4): 157-158. Boe, A. and P.J. Johnson. 2008. Seed predation by Acanthoscelides submuticus and A. floridae (Coleoptera: Bruchidae) in False Indigo in the northern Great Plains. Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science, 87: 223-228. Boe, A. and P.J. Johnson. 2008. Seed predators of Canada milkvetch and their parasitoids. Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science, 87: 229-236. Johnson, P.J. 2009. Book Review: I. Löbl and A. Smetana (eds.) Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Volume 3: Scarabaeoidea – Scirtoidea – Dascilloidea – Buprestoidea – Byrrhoidea; and Volume 4: Elateroidea – Derodontoidea – Bostrichoidea – Lymexyloidea – Cleroidea – Cucujoidea. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 102(4): 735-736. Marris, J.W.M. and P.J. Johnson. 2010. A revision of the New Zealand click beetle genus Amychus Pascoe 1876 (Coleoptera: Elateridae: Denticollinae): with a description of a new species from the Three Kings Islands. Zootaxa, 2331: 35-56. Adamski, D., P.J. Johnson, A.A. Boe, J.D. Bradshaw, and A. Pultyniewicz. 2010. Descriptions of life-stages of Blastobasis repartella (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Coleophoridae: Blastobasinae) and observations on its biology in switchgrass. Zootaxa 2656: 41-54. Vargas Cusatti, U., A. Lanuza Garay, and P.J. Johnson. 2010. New Records of Platycrepidius costaricensis Johnson and Platycrepidius eburatus (Champion) (Coleoptera: Elateridae) in Panama. The Coleopterists Bulletin, 64(3): 285-286. Johnson, P.J. 2011. Entomological discoveries in the domestication of native prairie plants. Boletin del Museo Entomológico Francisco Luís Gallego, 3(3): 7-12. Johnson, P.J., R.E. DeWalt, N.L. Evenhuis. 2012. Case 3592 Dodecatoma Westwood, 1849 (Insecta, Coleoptera): proposed conservation by suppression of Dodecatoma Dufour, 1841 (Insecta, Plecoptera). Bulletin of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 69(3): 178-181. Johnson, P.J. 2012. Trachypachus holmbergi Mannerheim from South Dakota and Wyoming (Coleoptera: Trachypachidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, in press. Johnson, P.J., T.R. Van Devender and A.L. Reina-Guerrero. 2012. New Sonoran Distribution Records for Chalcolepidius approximatus Erichson (Coleoptera: Elateridae) / Nuevos Registros de Distribución en Sonora para Chalcolepidius approximatus Erichson (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Dugesiana, in press. Johnson, P.J. 2012. Case 3577 ELATERIDAE Leach, 1815 (Insecta, Coleoptera): Proposed conservation of use and precedence over CEBRIONIDAE Latreille, 1802. Bulletin of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. Submitted.