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Fred Johnson, Ph.D.

Fred Johnson is a Scientist Emeritus at the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center. 


Ph.D., Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, 2010

M.S., Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Texas A&M University, 1981

B.S., Wildlife Resources (Magna Cum Laude), West Virginia University, 1978


Fred Johnson's principal interest is in the application of decision science to problems in natural resource management.  Such applications require a multi-disciplinary approach to engage stakeholders in the decision-making process, to predict the responses of ecological systems to controlled and uncontrolled drivers, to elicit societal values regarding the consequences of management policy, and to develop monitoring programs to compare predicted and realized system behaviors.  Johnson is particularly active in migratory bird management, with experience in problems of recreational and subsistence harvest, pest control, and habitat management.  His scientific expertise is mostly in the areas of population ecology, statistical inference, dynamic systems modeling, and optimal decision making. 


1989 – 2007:  Wildlife Biologist (Management), Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Laurel, Maryland - responsible for evaluating, designing, and conducting resource monitoring and assessment programs to improve conservation programs; functioned as an agency representative on technical matters at state, national, and international meetings and conferences where migratory bird management and research were planned, coordinated, and reviewed.

1981-1989:  Waterfowl Management Program Coordinator, Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Okeechobee, Florida - responsible for planning, implementing, and overseeing waterfowl conservation activities for the State of Florida.