Steve A. Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Steve Johnson, Associate Professor of Urban Wildlife Ecology, holds a 60% teaching and 40% extension position in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Before joining the University of Florida, Steve Johnson worked as the State Sea Turtle Program Coordinator in North Carolina, and as a research wildlife biologist with the US Geological Survey (USGS). At the USGS, he coordinated efforts for the national Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) in the southeastern United States. Dr. Johnson's area of expertise is natural history and conservation of amphibians and reptiles, and he has worked extensively with imperiled species. His current extension and research programs emphasize invasive wildlife biology, urban wildlife education, and prescribed fire effects on wildlife. He is an associate editor for the journal Herpetological Review and member of several professional societies, including the Society for Conservation Biology, Herpetologists League, and The Wildlife Society.


  • Ph.D. 2001 - Wildlife Ecology and Conservation,
                            University of Florida
  • M.S. 1994   -  Biology, University of Central Florida
  • B.S. 1990    -  Biology, University of Central Florida

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology
    University of Florida/IFAS
    Gainesville, FL
    June 2010 – present 2011
  • Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology
    University of Florida/IFAS
    Gulf Coast REC, Plant City Center
    Plant City, FL
    July 2010 – May 2011
  • Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology
    University of Florida, IFAS
    Plant City Campus, Plant City, FL
    July 2004 – July 2010
  • Affiliate Faculty Member
    School of Natural Resources and Environment
    University of Florida, Gainesville
    March 2006 – Present
  • Research Wildlife Biologist
    U.S. Geological Survey, Gainesville, FL
    February 2002 – June 2004
  • State Sea Turtle Program Coordinator
    North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
    Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program
    Gloucester, NC
    May 2001 – February 2002

Teaching at UF

From 2004-2011, Dr. Steve Johnson contributed to the Natural Resource Ecology program at the Gulf Coast REC's teaching center in Plant City, Florida, and also offered classes to students in Gainesville (and other areas) via distance learning. His course offerings provided training in wildlife sampling, identification, ecology, and management, and in natural resource communication. Dr. Johnson is now located on the main campus in Gainesville, where he will be teaching courses in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. The following is a list of recently taught courses -- follow the links for full course descriptions and most recent syllabi. For a complete description of Dr. J's teaching experience, see his full CV below.

Selected Publications

Curriculum vitae (272KB pdf)


Steve Johnson with Snapping Turtle

Steve A. Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

University of Florida/IFAS
Dept. of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
110 Newins-Ziegler Hall
PO Box 110430
Gainesville, FL 32611
Office: 352-846-0557