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Ecological Society to honor Johnson

Carter Johnson
Carter Johnson

Carter Johnson, a distinguished professor emeritus at South Dakota State University, has been named by the Ecological Society of America as of one of its 22 fellows in the Class of 2020.

Johnson, who taught in the Department of Natural Resource Management from 1989 to 2017, is being honored for his research on river regulation and riparian forest ecology, climate change and prairie wetlands, and climate reconstruction using tree rings. In addition to that, Johnson also was cited for being an inspiring researcher, teacher, mentor and friend.

Johnson served as head of the Department of Horticulture, Forestry, Landscape and Parks from 1989 to 1995, and then maintained a combined teaching and research position. He remains active in writing and research. Johnson and a co-author are completing a book on the ecology of Dakota landscapes to be published by Yale University Press in early 2021.

Fellows are members who have made outstanding contributions to any of a wide range of fields served by the Ecological Society of America, which is the world’s largest community of professional ecologists with 9,000 members.

Johnson said, “This is indeed an honor and coming from my most respected science organization.”

Recipients are to be honored at its annual meeting Aug. 2-7 in Salt Lake City.