Born July 1943, I attended Houston Elementary and Austin High School in El Paso. While attending Texas Western College (UTEP), I married Donna Moore. After college graduation in 1965, we moved to Austin where I earned my Masters and Ph.D. (1968 and 1971) at UT. Donna worked as a legal secretary and as a court reporter assistant. Our son was born in 1968. I started as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Trinity University in 1971. Donna graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity. Our son is also a Trinity graduate.
When I teach, one of my main goals is to shift students' emphasis from looking for specific answers to asking themselves how the material fits within theoretical expectations. I also emphasize how specific knowledge integrates with other aspects of biology, giving them an important perspective on the interconnectedness of the biological approach.
Michele Johnson joined the Department of Biology in 2009, after completing her Ph.D. in evolutionary biology at Washington University and postdoctoral work in behavioral neuroscience at Michigan State University. Johnson teaches courses on evolution, and her research focuses on the evolution of lizard behavior. She has long been involved in initiatives to support women in science, and she works closely with local elementary teachers to advance science education in San Antonio.
I am the Laboratory Coordinator for the Introductory Biology Laboratory Series (BIOL1111 & 1212). BIOL 1111 "Introductory Biology Laboratory" is followed by BIOL 1212 "Methods for Biological Problem Solving" (Spring semester). In BIOL1111 labs, students learn how to communicate in the field of sciences, how to design scientific experiments, how to collect data, how to analyze and present these data in a scientific format.