Objective To investigate the behavior and chemical ecology of forest insects as a professor at an R1 university. Research Interests



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Todd David Johnson

320 Morrill Hall

505 S. Goodwin Ave.

Urbana, IL 61801

tdjohns2@illinois.edu

http://www.life.illinois.edu/hanks/johnson.html

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=C8d1I70AAAAJ

Objective

To investigate the behavior and chemical ecology of forest insects as a professor at an R1 university.


Research Interests
I am broadly interested in how insects use and integrate information from their environments to make decisions. Additionally, I am interested in how physiology can modify the strength of responses by insects to external cues. More specifically, I am interested in host-location and host-range. I wish to use the results of my research to inform management of non-native insects or pests.
Education

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL Ph.D. Entomology, expected 2018

Advisor: Lawrence M. Hanks, Ph.D., Professor of Entomology, Dept. of Entomology

Committee: Brian Allan, May Berenbaum, Andrew Suarez, James Whitfield

Relevant Coursework: Behavioral Ecology, Fundamentals of Insect Pest Management, Genomic Analysis of Insects, Insect Ecology, Insect Physiology, Seminar in Chemical Ecology

Thesis project: "Factors influencing the mortality of beetles in the family Cerambycidae"
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI M.S. Entomology, awarded 2013

Advisor: Kenneth F. Raffa, Ph.D., Professor of Forest Entomology, Dept. of Entomology

Committee: David G. Hogg, Shawn Steffan, Daniel K. Young

Relevant Coursework: Univariate Statistics, Regression Analysis, Insects and Diseases in Forest Resource Management, Introduction to Entomology, Plant-Microbe Interactions, Seminar in Pollination Biology

Thesis project: “The behavior of parasitoids of the invasive emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis, and Hymenoptera and Coleoptera associated with three native Agrilus species”
Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA B.S. Biology, awarded 2009

Relevant Course work: Botany, Field Botany, Ecology, Ecology of Tropical Forests, Plant-Insect interactions, GIS, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Genomics

Independent Research Project: Studied propagation techniques of M. patula as well its role in remediation at the Lehigh Gap, a superfund site contaminated with heavy metals. Advisor: Diane Husic, Ph.D., Spring 2007
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA Fall 2008 - Summer 2009

Independent Research Project in Niesenbaum Lab: Quantifying mycorrhizal colonization of spicebush (Lindera benzoin) under different light environments and in the presence and absence of black walnut (Juglans nigra). Advisors: Katherine Goodrich, Ph.D.; Richard Niesenbaum, Ph.D.
Certifications

Woodland School Chainsaw Training Level II Fall 2012

Forest Industry Safety Technology Alliance (FISTA) Summer 2011
Professional Development

Hymenoptera Course August 2014
Professional Skills

Extensive Experience: Ecological field and lab work, tree felling (≤12 in dbh), plant identification, insect identification, bioassays with insects, insect colony maintenance, standard microbiology techniques, Automated data collection and data transfer, MacOSX and WinXP environments.

Some Experience: Statistical software (SAS, R), GC/MS,
Teaching

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Teaching Assistant,

Introduction to Entomology (IB 401) Lab (2 sections/week) Fall 2014

Integrative Biology (IB 150) Organismal & Evol. Biol. Discussion (4 sections/week) Spring 2014*

Integrative Biology (IB 151) Organismal & Evol. Biol. Lab (2 sections/week) Fall 2013

*list of teachers ranked as excellent by their students


Additional Experience

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Summer 2014, Spring 2015 - Present

Research Assistant, Entomology, Hanks Lab.

Field and laboratory research on the chemical ecology of cerambycid beetles and their parasitoids.


University of Wisconsin-Madison Fall 2012

Reader/Grader, Biology 151/3. Responsible for grading undergraduate essays with respect to scientific accuracy and written grammar.
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Assistant, Entomology, Raffa Lab. August 2011 - August 2013

Continued to coordinate and execute monitoring and analysis of Wisconsin's five year biological control release program, a multi-agency effort (UW-Madison, WI Dept. Natural Resources, WI Dept. Agriculture Trade & Consumer Protection, USDA-APHIS), of three exotic parasitoids, from the emerald ash borer's home range, an attempt to control the destructive pest.


Research Intern, Entomology, Raffa Lab. August 2010 - August 2011

Studied the microbial associations of the invasive Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) and two other native Agrilus spp., Twolined chestnut borer (A. bilineatus) and Bronze birch borer (A. anxius). I also began preliminary work examining the behavior of two parasitoids of A. planipennis, Spathius floridanus and S. agrili. Additionally I was responsible for coordinating and executing Wisconsin's first biological control release, a multi-agency effort (UW Madison, WI Dept. Natural Resources, WI Dept. Agriculture Trade & Consumer Protection, USDA-APHIS), of three exotic parasitoids, from the Emerald ash borer's home range, an attempt to curb and control the destructive pest.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Plant Ecology Research Technician to Jackie White (Ph.D. candidate). June 2010 - August 2010

Mapped and identified tree seedlings to assess recruitment and survival along the Roanoke River floodplain. Also identified and measured herbaceous plant cover.


23rd Annual Carolina Vegetation Survey June 2010

Volunteer. Worked with researchers of local universities, as well as those of state and federal organizations to assess the composition and status of Carolina vegetation communities. Duties included setup of quadrats and plant identification (both in-field, as well as with the use of dichotomous keys).


New York State Museum November 2009 - January 2009

Collections Assistant. Processed collections data for the New York State Bryology Collection. Advisors: N. Miller, Ph.D.; L. Leonardi.
University of Pittsburgh Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology

Field Assistant to Thomas Pendergast IV (Ph.D. candidate). Summer 2008

Duties included plant identification, data collection (PAR, SPAD, Chlorophyll, herbivore counts, soil coring) & input (Excel), and microscope slide processing.


New York Public Interest Research Group

Canvasser. Summer 2007

Garnered support for sustainable energy legislation in NY through contributions and membership to NYPIRG in the highest grossing upstate office that year.


Moravian College Chemistry Department

Teaching Assistant. Fall 2006

Assisted first year chemistry students with technical questions in General Chemistry lab (1 meeting/week).


Awards
Entomol. Soc. of Am. National Meeting 2015 USDA AFRI Student Travel Award $500
Entomol. Soc. of Am. North Central Branch 2015 Meeting Student Travel Scholarship $250
Entomol. Soc. of Am. North Central Branch 2015 Meeting Program Enhancement Fund $700

With Joseph Wong (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)


Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Grad. College Fall 2014 Conference Travel Award $325
Awards under my supervision
Entomol. Soc. of Am. North Central Branch 2015 Meeting Student Travel Scholarship $250

awards to Suzanne Vachula (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)


Entomol. Soc of Am North Central Branch 2015 Student competition 3rd place poster $XXX

award to Suzanne Vachula (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)


Refereed Articles
Leung, W., ...T. D. Johnson, ...Elgin, S. C. R. 2015. Drosophila Muller F elements maintain a distinct set of genomic properties over 40 million years of evolution. G3: Genes | Genomes | Genetics.
Johnson, T. D., J. P. Lelito, and K. F. Raffa. 2014. Responses of two parasitoids, the exotic Spathius agrili Yang and the native Spathius floridanus Ashmead, to volatile cues associated with the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire. Biol. Control 79: 110-117.
In preparation
Johnson, T. D., S. J. Krauth, E. C. Bernard, M. L. Draney, R. J. Gagne, M. W. Gates, G. A. P. Gibson, J. T. Huber, N. F. Johnson, I. Mikó, E. L. Mockford, J. S. Strazanac, D. K. Young, J. Woolley, R. L. Zuparko, and K. F. Raffa. 201X. Arthropods emerging from trees infested by three native species of Agrilus. In preparation.
Submitted
Johnson, T. D., J. P. Lelito, and K. F. Raffa. 201X. Evaluation of parasitoid releases and tree mortality at the western invasion edge of emerald ash borer.
Non-referred Articles
Duennes, M. A., and T. D. Johnson. 2014. Pesticides should be small tool in management plan. The News Gazette. (Also read on WILL Radio)
Scientific Presentations *presenting author
Invited presentations
K. F. Raffa*, T. D. Johnson, and J. P. Lelito. 2014. Emerald ash borer biological control: field and laboratory research. Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection & Dept. of Natural Resources Plant Pest Survey Summit, Madison, WI.
Johnson, T. D.*, J. P. Lelito, and K. F. Raffa. 2014. Emerald ash borer biological control: field and laboratory research. Lac Lawrann Conservancy, West Bend, WI.
Johnson*, T. D., and K. F. Raffa. 2013. Insect diversity and emergence patterns in trees colonized by three Agrilus spp. in Wisconsin. University of Wisconsin Madison Arboretum Science Day, Madison, WI.
Johnson, T. D.*, J. P. Lelito, and K. F. Raffa 2013. EAB biological control: evaluation of field releases and laboratory studies of host-location behavior. Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection & Dept. of Natural Resources Plant Pest Survey Summit, Fitchburg, WI.
Johnson, T. D.*, J. P. Lelito, and K. F. Raffa. 2012. Biological control of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) in Wisconsin. University of Wisconsin Madison Arboretum Science Day, Madison, WI.
T. D. Johnson, J. P. Lelito, K. F. Raffa. Update on biological control of emerald ash borer in Wisconsin. 2012. Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection & Dept. of Natural Resources Plant Pest Survey Summit, Madison, WI.
Submitted presentations
Johnson, T. D., and L. M. Hanks. 2015. Responses of parasitoid wasps to pheromones of cerambycid beetles. Entomological Society of America National Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.
Johnson, T. D., and L. M. Hanks. 2014. Parasitic wasps are attracted to the sex pheromones of various species of cerambycids. Entomological Society of America National Meeting, Portland, OR.
Johnson, T. D., J. P. Lelito, and K. F. Raffa. 2014. Responses of two parasitoids of the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, the introduced Spathius agrili Spathius agrili Yang, and the native Spathius floridanus Ashmead, to volatile host-associated cues. International Society of Chemical Ecology Meeting, Urbana, IL.
Johnson, T. D., J. P. Lelito, and K. F. Raffa. 2013. Responses of two parasitoids of the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, the introduced Spathius agrili Spathius agrili Yang, and the native Sapthius floridanus Ashmead, to volatile host-associated cues. Entomological Society of America National Meeting Austin, TX.
Invited posters
Johnson, T. D., J. P. Lelito, and K. F. Raffa. 2014. Responses of two parasitoids, the exotic Spathius agrili Yang and the native Spathius floridanus Ashmead, to volatile cues associated with the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire. In: Challenges in Managing the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) and Similar Invasive Woodborers on the Horizon, Entomological Society of America National Meeting, Portland, OR.
Submitted posters *presenting author $undergraduate student
Johnson, T. D., J. P. Lelito, and K. F. Raffa. 2015. Responses of two parasitoids, the exotic Spathius agrili Yang and the native Spathius floridanus Ashmead, to volatile cues associated with the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire. Phytochemical Society of North America Meeting, Urbana, IL.
Johnson, T. D., J. P. Lelito, and K. F. Raffa. 2015. Evaluation of the potential of establishment of three introduced parasitoids of the emerald ash borer in Wisconsin. Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Meeting, Manhattan, KS.
Vachula, S.*$, T. D. Johnson, and L. M. Hanks. 2015. Testing for kairomonal attraction of dipterans to pheromones of cerambycid beetles. Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Meeting, Manhattan, KS.
Johnson, T. D., S. J. Krauth, M. Gates, J. Huber, N. F. Johnson, I. Mikó, J. Strazanac, J. Woolley, R. Zuparko, and K. F. Raffa. 2014. Parasitoids emerging from trees colonized by native Agrilus in Wisconsin. Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Meeting, Des Moines, IA.
Johnson, T. D., S. Krauth, J. P. Lelito, and K. F. Raffa. 2012. Parasitoids and associated insects emerging from trees colonized by native Agrilus in Wisconsin. Entomological Society of America National Meeting, Knoxville, TN.
Johnson, T. D., J. P. Lelito, and K. F. Raffa. 2011. Attraction of native and introduced Spathius spp. to host-related cues. Emerald Ash Borer Research and Technology Development Meeting, Wooster, OH.
Johnson, T. D., K. Goodrich, and R. Niesenbaum. 2009. Getting to the roots of it: are mycorrhizae in Lindera benzoin influenced by light environment and the presence of juglone? Lehigh Valley Ecology and Evolution Society Meeting, Allentown, PA.
Outreach presentations
Johnson, T. D., J. P. Lelito, and K. F. Raffa. 2013. Biological control of the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) at River Edge Nature Center in Newburg, Wisconsin. River Edge Nature Center, Newburg, WI. (x2)


Presentations given for others
Bauer, L. S., J. Duan, J. Gould, and R. Van Driesche. 2015. Classical biological control: long-term management of emerald ash borer in forested ecosystems. In: Forest Entomology, Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Meeting, Manhattan, KS.
Conference Proceedings
Johnson, T. D., J. P. Lelito, and K. F. Raffa. 2013. Attraction of introduced and native Spathius spp. to host-related cues. in p. 110. In Parra, G., D. Lance, V. Mastro, R. Reardon, and C. Benedict (eds.), Proceedings of 2011 emerald ash borer research and technology development meeting, 12-13 October 2011, Wooster, Ohio. USDA Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team Publication FHTET-2011-06. USDA Forest Service, Morgantown, WV.
Popular News Coverage (including: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Public Radio, Fox News, Wisconsin Public Radio)
"How do we fight emerald ash borer? Let us count the ways" May 17th, 2013
Emerald ash borer proves a challenging foe” August 4th, 2011
Wasp releases to control Emerald ash borer” June 8th, 2011
It’s bug vs. bug in latest attempt to save ash trees” June 8th, 2011

Wasps used to help save trees from invasive bugs” June 8th, 2011



Symposia organized
T. D. Johnson, and J. Wong. 2015. Forest Entomology. Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Meeting, Manhattan, KS. Speakers: Bruce Barrett (Missouri) Leah Bauer (USFS), Wendy Bethel (Ohio State), Matt Ginzel (Purdue), Chris MacQuarrie (Natural Resources Canada) Rodrigo Mercader (Washburn University)
T. D. Johnson, L. M. Meier, and J. Wong. 2014. Forest Entomology. Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Meeting, Des Moines, IA. Speakers: Kelly Estes (IL CAPS), Christopher Pierce (USDA APHIS), Leelen Solter (Illinois) Lynn Rieske-Kinney (Kentucky), Rob Vennete (Minnesota), Cody Wienk (NPS)
Manuscript reviews
Environmental Entomology (1)
Outreach
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Insect Fear Film Festival February, 2014, 2015 Volunteer
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Pollinatarium 2014 (x2), 2015 (x2)

Teaching insect collecting to 2nd graders
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Bugscope Sept. 2014 - present

AgDiscovery July 10th, 2015

Two lectures on work in Hanks lab (15 min)
Science Olympiad Apr. 18th, 2015

Volunteer - Experimental Design Unit
Robeson Elementary School Feb. 26, 2015

Annual Science Night
WCIA TV Feb. 26, 2015

Outreach for the 32nd Insect Fear Film Festival
Orpheum Children's Science Museum Oct. 25th, 2014

REACT Halloween Family Event
Prairie Elementary School May 3rd, 2014

Illini Mentoring Program
Barnes and Noble November 21st, 2013

Illinois Reads, "Patricia Murphy author of 'Bugs and Us'"
Booker T. Washington STEM school September 27th, 2013

EnLiST program
Immaculate Heart of Mary School April 25th, 2013

Science Fair
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery March 2nd, 2013

Aldo Leopold Day
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery February 2nd, 2013

Saturday Science, "The Science of Love"
Hoard Historical Museum November 17th, 2012

Calling All Families Program
Wisconsin Science Festival September 29th, 2012

Insect Ambassador Booth
La Petite Academy August 13th, 2012

Insect Ambassador Presentation
Delafield Elementary School April 27th, 2012

Biocore Science Night
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery April 14th, 2012

Science Expo
Crestwood Elementary School March 27th, 2012

Science Night
Lodi Elementary School February 18th, 2012

Biocore Science Night
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery February, 2012/2013

Darwin Day
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery January 16th, 2012

MLK Youth Service Day, “A Discovery of Science”
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery October 8th 2011

Saturday Science, “Bugs, Bugs, and More Bugs”
Professional Service

Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Aug. 2015 - Present

Student Affairs Committee
Graduates in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Symposium. Urbana, IL 2015

Session moderator and student judge.
International Society of Chemical Ecology. Urbana, IL 2014

Meeting volunteer and session moderator.

Assisted in organizing the conference by reading abstracts for clarity, grammar, and scientific accuracy, helping to place talks in open sessions, and co-moderating the "Invasives and biological control" session.


Entomological Society of America

Student volunteer 2012,2013,2015

Assisted with social media (2012), and the presentation upload room (2013).


Departmental Service
University of Illinois Entomology Graduate Student Association Jan. 2015 - Present

Chair of Public Relations for the Insect Fear Film Festival
University of Illinois Entomology Graduate Student Association Sept. 2013- Sept. 2014 Secretary and Webmaster
Mentoring
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Jolanta Szkodon Sept. 2015 - Present

Volunteer Research Student (4 hr/wk)
Elizabeth Hanson Sept. 2015 - Present

IB 390 Research Student (4 hr/wk) Jan. 2015 - May 2015
Allen Yu Sept. 2015 - Present

IB 390 Research Student (8 hr/wk) Jan. 2015 - May 2015
Brian Willis Jan. 2015 - May 2015

IB 390 Research Student (6 hr/wk)
Horace Zeng Jan. 2015 - Feb. 2015

Volunteer Research Student (3 hr/wk)
Suzanne Vachula

IB 390 Research Student (8 hr/wk) Sept. 2014 - Dec. 2014

IB 490 Research Student (8 hr/wk) Jan. 2015 - June 2015
Kaleb Lukens Sept. 2014 - Dec. 2014

IB 390 Research Student (6 hr/wk)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jade Kochanski Nov. 2012 - June 2013

Research Technician (9 hr/wk)
Haley Melampy

Research Technician (5 hr/wk) May 2013 - August 2013

Bio 152 Research Student (10 hr/wk) Jan 2013 - May 2013
Adam Krause May 2012 - August 2012 Research Technician (40 hr/wk)
Professional Affiliations
Ecological Society of America October 2010 – January 2012

Entomological Society of America March 2012 – Present

International Society of Chemical Ecology February 2014Present
References
Lawrence M. Hanks, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Entomology

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

420 Morrill Hall

505 S. Goodwin Ave.

Urbana, IL 61801

(217) 333-7783

hanks@life.illinois.edu
Jonathan P. Lelito, Ph.D.

Principal Research Scientist

BASF Corporation

26 Davis Drive

Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

(603) 204-3062

jplelito@gmail.com

Kenneth F. Raffa, Ph.D.

Beers-Bascom Professor of Conservation

Department of Entomology

University of Wisconsin-Madison

345 Russell Labs

1630 Linden Dr.

Madison, WI 53706

(608) 262-1125

kraffa@entomology.wisc.edu


Additional references upon request

Last updated 6 October 15 Johnson, T. D.




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