Natural Resources Entomology

Dr. Paul J. Johnson, Project Leader

Research interests revolve around insect biological diversity and natural history, with emphases in systematics, community ecology, and biogeography. Current research is focused on faunal and taxonomic studies of beetles from the families Elateridae, Throscidae, Cerophytidae, and Byrrhidae. Geographic areas of special interest are North America (Canada/Alaska to Panama), Antilles, northern South America, and Pacific Oceania. Ongoing projects include generic revisions and higher classification studies, larval morphology, and faunal studies in the United States and Canada (northern prairies and Black Hills), Hawaii, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the Fijian Region. Cooperative multidisciplinary research is done on seed predator/parasite guilds of native legumes and biological control of noxious weeds.