Dr. Ron J. Johnson

Professor Emeritus, Wildlife Biology/Biosystems


johnson_ron.jpgEmail: ronj@clemson.edu

Department:
School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences


Education:
Ph.D. Cornell University, Wildlife Science - 1979
(Minors: Behavioral Biology; Communication Arts)
M.S. The Ohio State University, Wildlife Ecology - 1973
B.S. The Ohio State University, Wildlife Management - 1968

Research interest:
Research Areas Include: 1) Avian conservation and function in managed landscapes, primarily agroecosystems, to sustain both production & ecosystem services (e.g., Healthy Farm Index: http://hfi.unl.edu/; bird-friendly farming); 2) Climate relationships with avian life history and phenology across trophic levels; 3) Ecological and behavioral aspects of wildlife damage

Publications:
Surasinghe, T.D., J.R. Courter, R.F. Baldwin, and R.J. Johnson. 2012. Use of threat-analysis to assess the effects of land development on biodiversity in a Blue Ridge-Piedmont landscape. Journal of Conservation Planning 8:1-11.

Johnson R.J., Jedlicka J.A., Quinn J.E., Brandle J.R.. 2011. Global perspectives on birds in agricultural landscapes. Pages 55-140 in: Campbell W.B., Ortiz S.L. (editors) Issues in agroecology – present status and future prospectus, Volume 1, Integrating Agriculture, Conservation and Ecotourism: Examples from the Field. Springer (Invited).

Brown, M.B., M.E. Burbach, J. Dinan, R.J. Held, R.J. Johnson, J.G. Jorgensen, J. Lackey, J.F. Marcus, G.S. Matkin, and C.M. Thody. 2011. Nebraska’s Tern and Plover Conservation Partnership – a model for sustainable conservation of threatened and endangered species. Wader Study Group Bulletin 118:22-25.

Quinn, J.E., J.R. Brandle, R.J. Johnson, and A.J. Tyre. 2011. Application of detectability in the use of indicator species: A case study with birds. Ecological Indicators 11:1413-1418.

Quinn, J. E., J.R. Brandle, R.J. Johnson. 2009. Development of a Healthy Farm Index to assess ecological, economic, and social function on organic and sustainable farms in Nebraska’s four agroecoregions. Pages 156-170 In A. J. Franzluebbers, editor, Farming with Grass, Achieving Sustainable Mixed Agricultural Landscapes. Soil and Water Conservation Society, Ankeny, Iowa. E-book, available at: http://www.swcs.org/en/publications/farming_with_grass/.

Puckett, H. L., J. R. Brandle, R. J. Johnson, E. E. Blankenship. 2009. Avian foraging patterns in crop field edges adjacent to woody habitat. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 131:9-15.

Thody, C. M., R. J. Held, R. J. Johnson, J. F. Marcus, and M. Bomberger-Brown. 2009. Grassroots Conservation: Volunteers Contribute to Threatened and Endangered Species Projects and Foster a Supportive Public. Journal of Extension 47(1):1-9. (Online journal: http://www.joe.org/index.html).

Marcus, J. F., J. J. Dinan, R. J. Johnson, E. F. Blankenship, and J. L. Lackey. 2007. Directing Nest Site Selection of Least Terns and Piping Plovers. Waterbirds 30:251-258.

Perkins, M. W., R. J. Johnson, and E. E. Blankenship. 2003. Response of riparian avifauna to percentage and pattern of woody cover in an agricultural landscape. Wildlife Society Bulletin 31:642–660. (Journal Series 13786)

Blankenship, E. E.,M. W. Perkins, and R. J. Johnson, 2002. The Information-Theoretic Approach to Model Selection: Description and Case Study. Proceedings Annual Kansas State University Conference on Applied Statistics in Agriculture 14:62-76. (Journal Series 13921)

Beecher, N. A., R. J. Johnson, J. R. Brandle, R. M. Case, L. J. Young. 2002. Agroecology of birds in organic and nonorganic farmland. Conservation Biology 16:1620-1631. (Journal Series 12644)

Professional society activity:
Ecological Society of America
Society for Conservation Biology
The Wildlife Society

Courses:
WFB 300 - Wildlife Biology
WFB 306 - Introduction to Wildlife Conservation
FNR 470 - Creative Inquiry, Bird migration and climate (with J. Courter, PhD Candidate