Johnson, Amy E.
Conservation Biologist and Program Director
Dr. Johnson integrates citizen science to help conduct ecological research on more than 80,000 acre of private lands in Northern Virginia. Her current research focuses on exploring the responses of grassland bird communities to native grassland restoration and regenerative grazing. This includes sampling avian communities to quantify abundance, diversity and reproductive success in relation to grassland management. She and her team are also working with partners to study methods for establishing and managing native grasslands, tracking the migratory connectivity of declining grassland birds, and understanding motivations behind conservation behaviors on private lands.
- Conservation Biologist and Program Director for Virginia Working Landscapes , Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute , National Zoological Park 2017 -
- Virginia State or Province
Background And Education
Education And Training
- Ph.D., George Mason University 2013 - 2017
- M.S., George Mason University 2009 - 2012
Dr. Amy Johnson is a Conservation Biologist and Program Director of Smithsonian's Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL). In this role, Johnson leads a team that cultivates a dynamic network of private landowners, citizen scientists, NGO’s, state agencies and scientists to collectively investigate the impacts of conservation management and land use on biodiversity. VWL research activities occur almost entirely on privately-owned working lands, demonstrating the importance of multi-faceted collaborations for acquiring the knowledge needed to move conservation forward in human-dominated landscapes.
In addition to research, Johnson is committed to developing effective outreach strategies that communicate current research findings to inform best management practices for regional conservation partners and land managers.
Research And Grants
- Virginia Working Landscapes: Piedmont Grassland Bird Initiative awarded by Volgenau Foundation 2020 -
- Bee-Friendly Beef: Integrating Native Wildflowers into Southeastern Grazing System awarded by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 2019 -
- Optimizing conservation in action on private lands through landowner engagement and citizen science 2019 -
- Virginia Working Landscapes awarded by Band Foundation 2019 -
- Advancing Science-based Approaches to Bird-Friendly Farming awarded by Band Foundation
- Piedmont Grassland Bird Initiative (PGBI) awarded by Volgenau Foundation
- Green, Rachael E., Dayer, Ashley A., and Johnson, Amy E. M. 2022. "Private landowners perceive positive impacts to their land stewardship following involvement in a conservation research program." Conservation Science and Practice, 4, (12). https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.12846. 2022
- Ledvina, Joseph, McShea, William J., Bourg, Norman A., Herrmann, Valentine, Akre, Thomas, and Johnson, Amy E. M. 2020. "Management Regime and Field Age Affect Species Richness and Cover of Native Forbs and Exotic Species in Virginia Grasslands." Ecological Restoration, 38, (2) 83–93. https://doi.org/10.3368/er.38.2.83. 2020
- Johnson, Amy E. M., Sillett, T. Scott, Luther, David, Herrmann, Valentine, Akre, Thomas A., and McShea, William J. 2019. "Effects of grassland management on overwintering bird communities." Journal of Wildlife Management, 83, (7) 1515–1526. https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.21730. 2019
- Johnson, Amy E. M., Freeman, Elizabeth W., Colgin, Mark, McDonough, Caitlin, and Songsasen, Nucharin. 2014. "Induction of ovarian activity and ovulation in an induced ovulator, the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus), using GnRH agonist and recombinant LH." Theriogenology, 82, (1) 71–79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.theriogenology.2014.03.009. 2014
- Johnson, Amy E. M., Freeman, Elizabeth W., Wildt, David E., and Songsasen, Nucharin. 2014. "Spermatozoa from the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) display typical canid hyper-sensitivity to osmotic and freezing-induced injury, but respond favorably to dimethyl sulfoxide." Cryobiology, 68, (3) 361–370. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cryobiol.2014.04.004. 2014
- Coutinho da Silva, Marco A., Canisso, Igor F., MacPherson, Margo L., Johnson, Amy E. M., and Divers, Thomas J. 2013. "Serum amyloid A concentration in healthy periparturient mares and mares with ascending placentitis." Equine Veterinary Journal, 45, (5) 619–624. https://doi.org/10.1111/evj.12034. 2013
- National Zoological Park Academic Department