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Spring 2020: A Voyage of Discovery

Brett Johnson

Colorado State University

Brett Johnson is a fisheries ecologist, applying basic ecological principles to the conservation and management of aquatic organisms and their ecosystems. He’s interested in fisheries sustainability, invasive species, food webs, climate change, water quality, and contaminant ecology. Brett works closely with natural resource management agencies, providing research and technical advice to find solutions to environmental conservation issues.  He recently worked with Canadian and European colleagues on a United Nations project to publish a handbook on environmentally sustainable and socially responsible recreational fisheries management for developing nations.

Brett’s academic degrees are all in Zoology: he got his BS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983, his MS from The Ohio State University in 1986, and he went back to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to get his Ph.D. in 1993. He worked as a fisheries manager for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for five years prior to taking his current job as a professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University (CSU). At CSU Brett teaches popular courses in Biology & Diversity of Fishes, Ichthyology, and the senior capstone course (Fishery Science) for students in the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences concentration.

Brett is committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring, and he has received several awards including Provost’s N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation (CSU), Favorite Professor (CSU College of Natural Resources), Award of Excellence (Study Sphere), and Outstanding Mentor Award (Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the American Fisheries Society). He helped form the CSU Fly Fishing Club and he is the club’s faculty advisor. In his spare time, Brett enjoys traveling and exploring nature with his wife Mari and their two sons, Max and Kirk.