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Heather Johnson, Ph.D.

Population ecology, resource selection, human-wildlife conflicts, predator-prey relationships, endangered species conservation, large mammal ecology and management, effects of land-use change on wildlife populations.


Professional Experience

  • 2017 - Present          Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK

  • 2010 - 2017                Wildlife Researcher, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Durango, CO

  • 2010                            Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

  • 2005 - 2010              Graduate Research Assistant, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

  • 2004 - 2005              Contract Wildlife Biologist, California Department of Fish and Game, Bishop, CA

  • 2001 - 2003              Graduate Research Assistant, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

  • 1999 - 2001              Various field technician positions

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D.  2010    University of Montana, Missoula, MT     Wildlife Biology

  • M.S.   2003    University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ      Wildlife Science

  • B.S.   1999     University of California, San Diego, CA      Biology

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • The Wildlife Society

  • Society for Conservation Biology

Honors and Awards

  • USDA/APHIS/WS/National Wildlife Research Center - Outstanding Research Publication (2015)

  • Graduate Research Award, Wildlife Ecology Program, University of Montana (2010)

  • PEO Scholar, University of Montana (2009)

  • Canon National Parks Science Scholar (2007)

  • Best Thesis Award, School of Renewable Natural Resources, University of Arizona (2003)

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government