I’m Janna Willoughby, an assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn. Previously, I was a postdoc working at Purdue University in the . I am interested in evolution, and try to use genetics and genomics to address conservation related questions. Previously, I completed an MS at Central Michigan University, PhD in FNR at Purdue, and postdoc in the Christie Lab at Purdue.


I am currently actively recruiting new MS and Ph.D. students to join my team at Auburn. Please have a look at my recent work to see how our interests overlap. If you think we might work well together, get in touch with me directly and provide a brief overview of your background and interests as well as a copy of your CV.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Willoughby Lab is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion because finding solutions to complex global problems require diverse viewpoints and skills. Our group is a space where everyone is encouraged to contribute their ideas because we recognize that the sum of our individual experiences and skills is better than any one individual voice. In this lab, we all aspire to be scholars with the confidence to contribute to our communities, lending to a richness of perspective that has been lacking.