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:
Quinn, J.E., R.J. Johnson, J.R. Brandle. 2014. Identifying opportunities for conservation embedded in cropland anthromes. Landscape Ecology DOI 10.1007/s10980-014-0098-8.

Courter, J. R., R. J. Johnson, W. C. Bridges, K. G. Hubbard. 2013. Assessing migration of ruby-throated hummingbirds at broad spatial and temporal scales. Auk 130:107-117.

Courter, J. R., R. J. Johnson, C. A. Stuyck, B. A. Lang, and E. W. Kaiser. 2013. Weekend bias in citizen science data reporting: Implications for phenology studies. International Journal of Biometeorology 57:715-720.

Quinn, J.E., J.R. Brandle, R.J. Johnson. 2013. A farm-scale biodiversity and ecosystem services assessment tool: The Healthy Farm Index. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 11:176-192.

Quinn, J.E., J.R. Brandle, R.J. Johnson. 2012. The effects of land sparing and wildlife-friendly practices on grassland bird abundance within organic farmlands. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 161:10-16.

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.

Zelt, J., J. Courter, A. Arab, R. Johnson and S. Droege. 2012. Reviving a legacy citizen science project to illuminate shifts in bird phenology. International Journal of Zoology. Article ID 710710.

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