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Dr. Edward A. Johnson


Edward A. Johnson is Faculty Professor of Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences, Director of the Biogeoscience Institute at the University of Calgary, and from 2003-07 the G8 Legacy Chair in Ecology.

His research interests are the coupling of physical processes to ecological processes, specifically natural disturbances. He has done fieldwork in Australia, Canada, Belize, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and the United States.

He has published extensively in refereed scientific journals and has four books: Fire and Vegetation Dynamics (Cambridge University Press), Forest Fires: Behavior and Ecological Effects (Academic Press), Ecological Education and Environmental Advocacy (Cambridge University Press), Biogeoscience: an ecosystem approach (Cambridge University Press) and Plant Disturbance Ecology: The Processes and the Responses (Elsevier Press).

For the last 30 years, he has been part of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Network of Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Forest Management and GEOIDE and Complex Data Systems, and Community Surface Dynamic Modeling System (CSDMS) and National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). He has had NSERC Discovery Grants continuously since 1980 and NSF grants.

In 1986, he received the William S. Cooper Award of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) for research on wildfire effects on boreal forest dynamics. He is a fellow of the Royal Biological Society and a fellow of the Ecological Society of America. Five of his students have also received Awards from the ESA.

He has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of New South Wales (Australia), Guelph, Wisconsin, University of California-Berkeley and a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University. He is presently the Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America.

Selected Publications

Fluvial seed dispersal of riparian trees: transport and depositional processes
Cunnings A, EA Johnson & Y Martin
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 41:615–625 (Apr 2016)

Assessment of variability and uncertainty of soil organic carbon in a mountainous boreal forest (Canadian Rocky Mountains, Alberta)
Hoffmann U,  T Hoffmann, EA Johnson, & NJ Kuhn
Catena 113:107–121 (Feb 2014)

Postglacial adjustment of steep, low-order drainage basins, Canadian Rocky Mountains
Hoffmann T,  T Müller, EA Johnson & YE Martin
Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 118:2568–2584 (Dec 2013)

Large-scale climatic patterns and area affected by mountain pine beetle in British Columbia, Canada
Macias Fauria M & EA Johnson
Journal of Geophysical Research 114:G01012 (Mar 2009)

Wildfires in the southern Canadian Rocky Mountains and their relationship to mid-tropospheric anomalies
Johnson EA & DR Wowchuk
Canadian Journal of Forest Research 23:1213–1222 (1993)