Robert Johnson, PhD
Welcome to the Johnson Lab for Coastal Marine Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research in the lab centers around aquatic ecosystem ecology, with a focus on seagrass ecosystems.
My research revolves around the influence of green sea turtle herbivory and environmental stressors on the structure and functioning of seagrass ecosystems. Seagrasses form important coastal habitats, yet how they will respond to expected future increases in herbivore pressure and habitat disturbance is not well understood. Through a combination of comparative studies and manipulative experiments, I investigate how seagrass ecosystems respond to green turtle grazing and environmental stressors such as warming temperatures, with the aim of enhancing our understanding of seagrass structure and function and informing effective conservation of these important coastal habitats.
I have recently started as an assistant professor at UW-Madison, and I invite you to explore the links above to learn more about my research and opportunities to join the lab! (updates coming soon)