Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Department of Biological Sciences



L. Scott Johnson


Office:   Smith Hall, Room No. 263
Phone:   410-704-2587
Fax:   410-704-2405
Web site:


Research Interests:

Dr. Johnson studies the reproductive biology and behavior of small songbirds. He does his research in the Bighorn Mountains of north-central Wyoming. His past studies have focused on a wide variety of topics including song, mating behavior, parental behavior and the effect of high-elevations on reproductive strategies.

Recent Publications:

Johnson, L.S., R.M. Hebert, F.M. Napolillo & A. Allen. 2013. The process of fledging in the Mountain Bluebird. Journal of Field Ornithology 84: 367–376.

Johnson, L.S., F.M. Napolillo, D.Y. Kozlovsky, R.M. Hebert, & A. Allen. 2013. Variation in incubation effort during egg-laying in Mountain Bluebirds and its association with hatching asynchrony. Journal of Field Ornithology 84: 244-252.

Johnson, L.S., S.M. Murphy, and G. Parrish. 2011. Lack of predator odor detection and avoidance in a songbird, the house wren (Troglodytes aedon). Journal of Field Ornithology 82: 150-157.

Johnson, L.S., J.L. Brubaker, B.G.P. Johnson, and B.S. Masters. 2009. Evidence for a maternal effect benefiting extra-pair offspring in a Wyoming population of the house wren. Journal of Avian Biology 40: 248-253.

Johnson, L.S., C.F. Thompson, S.K. Sakaluk, M. Neuhäuser, B.G.P. Johnson, S.S. Soukup, S.J. Forsythe, and B.S. Masters. 2009. Extra-pair young in house wren broods are more likely to be male than female. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B. 276: 2285-2289.

Johnson, L.S., J.L. Brubaker, and B.G.P. Johnson. 2008. How males in the house wren, a cavity-nesting songbird, discover that eggs have hatched and transition to provisioning nestlings. Behaviour 145: 781-1796.





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