Lucinda Johnson Ph.D.

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Professional Title
Senior Research Fellow

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

Recent Publications

Understanding Effects of Climate Change and Eutrophication on Fish Habitat in Glacial Lakes of the Midwest States and Management Strategies

1 year 11 months ago
Understanding Effects of Climate Change and Eutrophication on Fish Habitat in Glacial Lakes of the Midwest States and Management StrategiesFang, X., Jacobson, P. C., Jiang, L., Herb, W. R., Stefan, H. G., Pereira, D. L. & Johnson, L. B., Jan 1 2022, Handbook of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Third Edition. Springer International Publishing, Vol. 1. p. 77-146 70 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter

Featured Research Projects

The ForCAST tool attempts to provide forestry professionals and land managers with an opportunity to evaluate how a changing climate and changing markets might affect Minnesota’s forests and

Online mapping tools and data for natural resource planning, management, and research in Minnesota.

NRRI News Articles

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The President's Award for Outstanding Service is presented each year to recognize exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units.

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NRRI's Director of Research, Lucinda Johnson, appointed to U.S. co-chair position for the International Joint Commission.

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From its formation in the early 1980s to today, NRRI has collaborated across the institute, the University and the globe to contribute to Great Lakes understanding.

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