L Scott Johnson



Contact Information

Smith Hall, Room No. 263


Areas of Expertise

Behavior and biology of birds


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.


Johnson, L.S., C.L. Connor, and A.V. Nguyen. 2016. The discovery of hatching and the transition to feeding young by males in the Mountain Bluebird. Journal of Field Ornithology (in press)

Bowers, E.K., Forsman, A.M., Masters, B.S., Johnson, B.G.P., Johnson, L.S., Sakaluk, S.K., Thompson, C.F. 2015. Increased extra-pair paternity in broods of aging males and enhanced recruitment of extra-pair young in a migratory bird. Evolution 69: 2533–2541.

Johnson, L. Scott. 2014. House Wren (Troglodytes aedon), in The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. http://bna.birds.cornell.edu.bnaproxy.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/380doi:10.2173/bna.380

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.

Courses Taught

  • Fall: BIOL 202 Intro to Ecology and Evolution

         BIOL 204 Educational and Career Planning for the Biology Major

  • Spring: BIOL 456/556 Ornithology

             BIOL 371/571 Animal Behaviour