Mark Johnson holds a joint appointment in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at UBC. He received a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and then served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay in the late 1990s. His graduate studies included an M.S. in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in Soil, Crop and Atmospheric Sciences from Cornell University. From 2011 to 2013 he served as a UBC Sustainability Research Fellow, and was a Fulbright Fellow in Brazil 2013. In 2018 he received the UBC Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research, which is awarded annually in recognition of demonstrated excellence in pure or applied scientific research by a young faculty member.
Mark has research expertise in ecohydrology and watershed biogeochemistry. He has academic and professional experience in temperate, tropical and boreal climates, and in forested, agricultural, and mixed land use environments. The overarching goal of his research group is to leverage their research towards the development of more sustainable land use practices and urban systems.