Johannes Foufopoulos Ph.D.
Ph.D. Zoology, 1999, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Masters of Science, Zoology, 1995, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bachelor of Science, Biology, 1991, University of Illinois-Urbana
Research in the lab focuses on conservation biology issues and on the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases. Major research projects address questions regarding the impact of diseases on wildlife populations and the environmental causes leading to disease emergence. Other projects examine how habitat fragmentation and global climate change result in species extinction.
Awards and Grants:
Current and past support by the Dept. of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Fauna & Flora International, Quixote Foundation etc.
We are broadly interested in the conservation biology of terrestrial vertebrates. Some lab members are currently examining the interactive effects between nutritional stress and infectious diseases in passerine birds, and the impact of habitat fragmentation on host-parasite interactions and population extinctions in reptiles. Other research projects have investigated the impact of human activities such as habitat modification, climate change and the introduction of exotic taxa on the extinction of native biodiversity.
A second area of interest focuses on the ecology and evolution of parasitic organisms and the impact they have on their hosts. This includes the ecological and physiological factors underlying host-parasite interactions, the dynamics of infectious diseases in natural populations and the importance of disease for the conservation of endangered species.
- Description: Effects of long-term fragmentation on island populations of the Aegean Wall lizard Podarcis erhardii.
Funding Agency/Institution: European Union / General Secretariat for Research and Technology.
- Description: Emergence of Q-Fever infection in the grasslands of East Africa.
Funding Agency/Institution: University of Michigan
- Description: Interactive effects of parasitism and food supplementation in a natural population of white-crowned sparrows.
Funding Agency/Institution: National Science Foundation.
Conservation Biology, Disease Ecology
Courses recently taught include: NRE 509 - Ecology, Science of Context and Interaction (with Bill Currie), ENVIRON 317 - Conservation Biology, ENVIRON 139 - Emerging Diseases (First Year Seminar), NRE 639 – Ecosystem Health,EEB/ENVIRON 315 - Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (with P. Rohani).
- Valakos, Pafilis, Lymberakis, Sotiropoulos, Maragou, Foufopoulos. 2008. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Greece. Chimaira Editions, Frankfurt Germany. 480pp.
- Biological Survey of New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea. 2008. (with N. Anthony, D. Byrnes, and M. Putnam). 216 pp. Falcon Art Media, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
- Donihue*, C.M., Porensky, L.M., Foufopoulos, J., Riginos, C., and R.M. Pringle. 2013. Glade cascades: Indirect legacy effects of pastoralism enhance the abundance and spatial structuring of arboreal fauna. Ecology 94: 827-837.
- Foufopoulos, J., Kilpatrick, M. and A.R. Ives. 2011. Holocene climate change and elevated extinction rates of northern reptile species from Mediterranean islands. American Naturalist, 177 :119-129.
- Munoz*, N.E., D.T. Blumstein, and J. Foufopoulos. 2010. Immune system activation affects song and territorial defense. Behavioral Ecology 21: 788-793.
- Pafilis, P., J. Foufopoulos, N. Poulakakis, P. Lymberakis and E. D. Valakos. 2009. Tail shedding in island lizards: Decline of anti-predator defenses in relaxed predation environments. Evolution, 63(5): 1262-1278.
- Hurston, H., Bonanno, L. Voith, J. Foufopoulos, P. Pafilis, E. Valakos, and N. Anthony. 2009. Effects of fragmentation on genetic diversity in island populations of the Aegean wall lizard Podarcis erhardii (Lacertidae, Reptilia). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 52: 395-405.
- Gervasi, S. and J. Foufopoulos, 2008. Pond desiccation rate affects immune system responsiveness in a temporary pond breeding amphibian, Rana sylvatica (Wood frog).Functional Ecology, 22: 100-108.
- Foufopoulos, J., and G. C. Mayer 2007. The effects of life history on avian immigration and extinction rates. Journal of Biogeography, 34: 1113-1123.
- Gilman, S., Blumstein, D.T, and J. Foufopoulos. 2007. The effect of haemosporidian infections on white-crowned sparrow singing behaviour. Ethology 113(5): 437-445.
- Foufopoulos, J., and S. Richards. 2007. Amphibians and reptiles of New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea: diversity and conservation status. Hamadryad, 31(2): 176-201.
- Foufopoulos, J. and R. Brown. 2004. A new frog of the genus Platymantis (Amphibia; Anura; Ranidae) from New Britain, and redescription of the poorly known Platymantis macrosceles. Copeia 4: 825-841.
- Lindstrom, K., Foufopoulos, J., Paern, H., and M. Wikelski. 2004. Immunological investments reflect parasite abundance in island populations of Darwin's finches.Proceedings of the Royal Society B (London) 271: 513-519.
- MacDougall-Shackleton, E.A., E. P. Derryberry, J. Foufopoulos, A.P. Dobson, and T. P. Hahn. Parasite-mediated heterozygote advantage in an outbred songbird population.Biology Letters 1: 105-107.
- Foufopoulos, J., S. Altizer, and A. P. Dobson. 2003. Interactions between wildife and domestic lifestock in the Tropics. 219-244 in: Tropical Agroecosystems, J. Vandemeer (ed.), CRC Press
- Dobson, A. P. and J. Foufopoulos. 2001. Emerging infectious pathogens in wildlife.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B., 356: 1001-1012.
- Altizer, S., J. Foufopoulos, and A. Gager. 2001. Disease and Conservation. In Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, S. Levin (ed.) Academic Press 2: 109-129.
- Foufopoulos, J., and A. R. Ives. 1999 Reptile extinctions on land-bridge islands: life history attributes and vulnerability to extinction. American Naturalist, 153(1): 1-25.