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Kurt Johnson

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Professional title

Research Fellow - Peat


Kurt Johnson is a Research Fellow within the Peat and Environmental Technologies Division of the Center for Applied Research and Technology Development. He has over 18 years of applied research experience pertaining to peat and peatlands. He currently serves as a project manager in a number of applied research areas including peatland resource assessment, peatland development for commercial horticultural peat harvesting and peatland restoration. He has also managed projects dealing with physical analysis of horticultural substrates, peat-based composts, pelletization of poultry litter, reclamation of coarse taconite tailings, heavy metal removal from acid mine drainage and Sphagnum moss regeneration and growth. He interacts and collaborates extensively with the peat industry, government regulatory agencies and other public and private sector cooperators.


  • M.S. Environmental Biology, University of Minnesota Duluth, 1998
  • B.S. Soils, North Dakota State University, 1982