About Me


Andrew Johnston

Ph.D. Candidate



I joined the Franz Lab at ASU as a Ph.D. student in the Evolutionary Biology program in the summer of 2013. I previously completed my B.Sc. in Entomology at the University of Delaware and was employed as a Research Technician with insect paleontologist Dr. David Grimaldi at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. My thesis research focuses on the systematics and evolution of the diverse and primarily southwestern U.S. darkling beetle genus Eleodes Eschscholtz (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), funded in part by the NSF project “ARTS: Systematics of the darkling beetle genus Eleodes: Integrating morphology, DNA, and biodiversity informatics to resolve a taxonomically impeded genus” (PI Aaron Smith).