Since the earliest days of growing up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Johnny has always had an interest in everything outdoors. In particular, he always loved how interesting arthropods are – and continue to be! That curiosity led him to an B.S. in Evolutionary Biology, a M.S. in Entomology, and a M.S. in Epidemiology…all of from the University of Wisconsin. Johnny finished his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in 2020, focusing on vector-borne disease modeling. Johnny’s research applications include the complex interactions of the environment, animals, and humans under the forces of a changing climate. Johnny’s interests are many and broad – from tinkering and fixing classic cars and retro video games to history of Ancient Greece and Rome.
Johnny is the proud husband of a wonderful zoo veterinarian and father of 8 pets (2 cats, 2 chinchillas, 2 bunnies, 1 iguana, and 1 dog)!