Dr. Robert Javonillo

Title: 
Assistant Professor of Biology
Office Location: 
Key Hall 162
Phone: 
(443) 885-3873
Email: 
Robert.Javonillo@morgan.edu
Education:

Ph.D. Evolutionary Biology, George Washington University, 2010
M.S. Marine Biology,College of Charleston, 2004
B.A. Biology with specialization in Marine Science, Boston University, 1998

Education:

Ph.D. Evolutionary Biology, George Washington University, 2010
M.S. Marine Biology,College of Charleston, 2004
B.A. Biology with specialization in Marine Science, Boston University, 1998

Research Interests:

  • Phylogenetic systematics
  • Reproductive biology of fishes
  • Evolution of non-model vertebrates
  • Undergraduate biology educational research
  • Natural history and sustainability

Current Research:

Dr. Rob Javonillo's research involves the diversity of fishes in the family Characidae, whose members are native to many parts of South and Central America. In addition to taxonomic diversity (>1,000 valid species), many lineages within this group have evolved novel cell and tissue types that apparently facilitate their ability to reproduce successfully. As new characid species continue to be discovered by taxonomists, Dr. Javonillo seeks to understand their interrelationships and reproduction, as well as the cellular and genomic features that underlie such components of these species' biology.

In addition to his empirical research interests in biology, Dr. Javonillo seeks to find and develop best practices in the teaching of science. He is currently involved with a NSF-funded study (lead by Drs. Catherine Martin-Dunlop and Ernest Steele, Jr.; NSF Award 1623215) to understand the effects of concept mapping in introductory undergraduate biology. Dr. Javonillo also aspires to revive undergraduate research in natural history as a means to retain and graduate underrepresented minorities into the professional communities of ecology and organismal biology.

Courses Taught:

  • BIOL 105, Introductory Biology for Majors I 
  • BIOL 106, Introductory Biology for Majors II 
  • (Proposed, under review: BIOL 4XX, Genomic and Morphological Evolution of the Vertebrates)

Selected Publications:

  • Shrestha, B., R. Javonillo, J. R. Burns, Z. Pirger, and A. Vertes. 2013. Comparative local analysis of metabolites, lipids and proteins in intact fish tissues by LAESI mass spectrometry. Analyst 138: 3444-3449.
  • Javonillo, R., L. R. Malabarba, S. H. Weitzman, and J. R. Burns. 2010. Relationships among major lineages of characid fishes (Teleostei: Ostariophysi: Characiformes), based on molecular sequence data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54: 498-511.
  • Javonillo, R., J. R. Burns, and S. H. Weitzman. 2009. Sperm modifications related to insemination, with examples from the Ostariophysi. Chapter 17 In "Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Fishes, Vol. 8A" (B. G. M. Jamieson, ed.). Science Publishers, Enfield, New Hampshire. Pp. 721-761.
  • Javonillo, R., J. R. Burns, and S. H. Weitzman. 2007. Reproductive morphology of Brittanichthys axelrodi (Teleostei: Characidae), a miniature inseminating fish from South America. Journal of Morphology 268: 23-32.
  • Torii, A., R. Javonillo, and T. Ozawa, 2004. Reexamination of Bregmaceros lanceolatus Shen, 1960 with description of a new species Bregmaceros pseudolanceolatus (Gadiformes: Bregmacerotidae). Ichthyological Research 51:106-112.