Lucinda Johnson Ph.D.

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Professional title

Associate Director and Water Team Lead


Areas of interest include environmental assessment and bioindicators, impacts of climate change, decision making in the environmental sciences. Research projects include: effects of multiple stressors on aquatic communities; testing indicators of coastal ecosystem integrity; predicting impacts of climate change on stream communities; development of tools for managing and communicating science to end users.

Professional Honor

Lucinda has been named a 2020 Fellow by the Society for Freshwater Science. Her research focuses on what effects humans have on aquatic ecosystems, especially in the areas of land use and climate change. Johnson serves the EPA's Office of Research and Development as the vice chair of the executive committee of the Board of Scientific Counselors.

Professional Service

  • International Joint Commission Science Advisory Board, EPA Board of Scientific Counselors Executive Committee, Board Member Friends of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve; Science Advisor to Environmental Law Policy Center.
  • Graduate Faculty, Water Resources Science and Integrated Biological Science, 2000 - present
  • Instructor, University of Minnesota Duluth; Landscape Ecology, Stream Ecology


Ph.D., Zoology, Michigan State University, 1999
M.S., Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, 1984
B.A., Duke University, 1976


  • Kovalenko, K.E., V.J. Brady, J.J.H. Ciborowski, G.E. Host, L.B. Johnson. 2019. Macroinvertebrate and fish community metrics: confounding effects and consistency over time. Wetlands. In press.

  • Jacobson, P.C., G.J.A. Hansen, L.G. Olmanson, K.E. Wehrly, C.L. Hein, L.B. Johnson. 2019. Loss of coldwater fish habitat in glaciated lakes in Midwestern United States after a century of land use and climate change. American Fisheries Society Symposium 90:141-157.

  • Johnson, L.B., M. Cai, C.L. Chun, A. Hanson, G. Hudak, I. Kolomitsyn, S. Rao, B. Bernhardt, T. Deen, J. Henneck. 2019. Responding to Minnesota’s regulatory sulfate standard for wild rice. Pages 199-205, In: Wolkersdorfer, C., E. Khayrulina, S. Polyakova, A. Bogush (eds). Mine Water: Technological and Ecological Challenges. Proceedings of the International Mine Water Association.

  • Host, GE, KE Kovalenko, TN Brown, JJH Ciborowski, LB Johnson. 2019. Risk-based classification and interactive map of watersheds contributing anthropogenic stress to Laurentian Great Lakes coastal ecosystems. Journal of Great Lakes Research

  • Uzarski, D.G., D.A. Wilcox, V.B. Brady, M.J. Cooper, D.A. Albert, J.J.H. Ciborowski, N.P. Danz, A Garwood, J.P. Gathman, T.M. Gehring, G.P. Grabas, R.W. Howe, L. B. Johnson, G.A. Lamberti, A.H. Moerke, G.J. Niemi, T. Redder, C.R. Reutz III, A.D. Steinman, D.C. Tozer, T. K. O’Donnell. 2019. Leveraging a landscape-level monitoring and assessment program for developing a resilient shoreline throughout the Laurentian Great Lakes.

  • Olker, J.H., K.E. Kovalenko, J.J.H. Ciborowski, V.J. Brady, and L.B. Johnson 2016. Watershed land use and local habitat: implications for habitat assessment. Wetlands 36:311 - 318
  • Creed, I.F., Cormier, R., Laurent, K.L., Accatino, F., Igras, J., Friedman, K.B., Johnson, L.B., Crossman, J., Dillon, P.J., Trick, C.G. 2016. Call for formal integration of science and management systems to achieve sustainability of the Great Lakes. Bioscience (in press)
  • Stueve K M, Hollenhorst T P, Kelly J R, Johnson, L B & Host, G E. 2014. High-resolution maps of forest-urban watersheds present an opportunity for ecologists and managers.Landscape Ecology 30:313-323.
  • Smith, S.D.P.1*, McIntyre, P.B.2, Halpern, B.S.3, Cooke, R.M.4, Marino, A.L., Boyer, G.L.5 Buchsbaum, A.6, Burton, G.A. Jr.7, Campbell, L.M.8†, Ciborowski, J.J.H.9, Doran, P.J.10, Infante, D.M.11Johnson, L.B.12, Read, J.G.1, Rose, J.B.11, Rutherford, E.S.13, Steinman, A.D.14, and Allan, J.D.1 Rating impacts in a multi-stressor world: a quantitative assessment of 50 stressors affecting the Great Lakes. Ecological Applications doi:10.1890/14-0366.1
  • Kovalenko, K E, Brady, V J, Ciborowski, J J H Ilyushkin, S & Johnson, L B. 2014. Functional changes in littoral macroinvertebrate communities in response to watershed-level anthropogenic stress. PLoS ONE 9:e101499.
  • Kovalenko, K E, Brady, V J, Brown, T N, Ciborowski, J J H, Danz, N P, Gathman, J P, Host, G E, Howe, R W, Johnson, L B, Niemi, G J & Reavie, E D. 2014. Congruence of community thresholds in response to anthropogenic stress in Great Lakes coastal wetlands.Freshwater Science 33:958--971.


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