Dr. Johanna Kowalko

Assistant Professor of Biology


2013 Ph.D., Genetics Harvard University, Boston MA
2005 B.A., Biology Brown University, Providence MA

I am interested in how genetic variation, interpreted through development, contributes to phenotypic variation. I examine this in A. mexicanus, a species of fish that exists in two forms, a river-dwelling surface form, as well as in multiple populations that have been trapped in, and have adapted to life in subterranean caves. While surface and cavefish have strikingly divergent phenotypes, they are interfertile and amenable to genetic manipulation allowing for genetic studies on evolved traits.

I am excited about engaging students in authentic research experiences, both in the laboratory and in the classroom. I am teaching Genetics in the Spring.

Contact Info
Office: MC-19, Room 207
Office phone: (561) 799-8102