Program Director, Virginia Working Landscapes
B.S., University of Guelph; M.S. and Ph.D., George Mason University
A former Smithsonian-Mason Research Fellow, Johnson’s Ph.D. research focused on the impacts of conservation and land management on breeding and over-wintering bird communities in Virginia. Specifically, her research is raising awareness on the importance of bobwhite quail conservation initiatives for conserving habitat for a suite of steeply declining species and is also providing insight into the benefits of native warm-season grasses for over-wintering bird communities. An active member of the loggerhead shrike working group, Johnson also used citizen science data to develop an occupancy model for loggerhead shrikes in the southeastern United States. Results of this research are now being used to facilitate state-level population monitoring through citizen-science initiatives.
Prior to being awarded the Smithsonian-Mason Ph.D. Fellowship in Conservation Science, Johnson received her bachelor of science in agriculture from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and a master’s degree from George Mason University, focusing her research on developing assisted reproductive techniques in wolves.
Johnson currently resides with her husband Eric on a farm in Virginia, immersed in grassland bird habitat.