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Douglas H. Johnson, Ph.D.

Research Statistician and Senior Scientist
USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
204 Hodson Hall, 1980 Folwell Ave.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108

Phone: (612) 624-4716
Fax: (612) 625-5299
Email NPWRC Staff
Research (Principal Investigator),
Minnesota Office


  • Statistics, monitoring and inventory, quantitative ecology, birds

Current Projects:

  • Influence of Wind Generators on Breeding Grassland Birds
  • Use of Conservation Reserve Program Fields by Breeding Birds
  • Inventory and Monitoring


  • Ph.D., Zoology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • M.S., Statistics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • B.A., Mathematics and Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Professional Experience:

  • 2002-present:  Research Statistician and Senior Scientist, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, USGS, St. Paul, MN
  • 1993-2002:  Leader, Grasslands Ecosystem Initiative, NPWRC, Jamestown, ND
  • 1990-1993:  Supervisor, Research staff, NPWRC
  • 1988-1990:  Research Statistician, NPWRC
  • 1978-1988:  Supervisor, Support staff, NPWRC
  • 1979-1982:  Acting Assistant Director, NPWRC
  • 1970-1978:  Statistician, NPWRC

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Statistical Association
  • The Biometric Society
  • Royal Statistical Society
  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics
  • Ecological Society of America (past associate editor, Ecology and Ecological Monographs)
  • The Wildlife Society (certified Wildlife Biologist; served on several committees)
  • American Ornithologists' Union (Elective Member; associate editor, Auk)
  • Cooper Ornithological Society
  • Wilson Ornithological Society
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Society for the Study of Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences
  • North Dakota Natural Science Society (past president; book review editor, Prairie Naturalist)

Selected Publications:

Cunningham, M. A., and D. H. Johnson. 2006. Proximate and landscape factors influence grassland bird distributions. Ecological Applications 16(3):1062-1075.

Thogmartin, W. E., F. Howe, F. James, D. H. Johnson, E. T. Reed, J. R. Sauer, and F. R. Thompson, III. A review of the population estimation approach of the North America Landbird Conservation Plan. Auk. In press.

Lueders, A. S., P. L. Kennedy, and D. H. Johnson. 2006. Influences of management regimes on breeding bird densities and habitat in mixed-grass prairie: an example from North Dakota. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:600-606.

Winter, M., D. H. Johnson, J. A. Shaffer, T. M. Donovan, and W. D. Svedarsky. 2006. Patch size and landscape effects on density and nesting success of grassland birds. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:158-172.

Littlefield, C. D., and D. H. Johnson. 2005. Habitat preferences of migrant and wintering northern harriers in northwestern Texas. Southwestern Naturalist 50:448-452.

Winter, M., D. H. Johnson, J. A. Shaffer, and W. D. Svedarsky. 2004. Nesting biology of three grassland passerines in the northern tallgrass prairie. Wilson Bulletin 116:211-223.

Johnson, D. H. 2002. The importance of replication in wildlife research. Journal of Wildlife Management 66:919-932. Invited article.

Johnson, D. H. 2002. The role of hypothesis testing in wildlife science. Journal of Wildlife Management 66:272-276. Invited article.

Johnson, D. H. 2001. Habitat fragmentation effects on birds in grasslands and wetlands: A critique of our knowledge. Great Plains Research 11:211-231.

Johnson, D. H., and L. D. Igl. 2001. Area requirements of grassland birds: a regional perspective. Auk 118:24-34.

Johnson, D. H. 2001. Validating and evaluating models. Pages 105-119 in T. M. Shenk and A. B. Franklin, editors. Modeling in Natural Resource Management: Development, Interpretation, and Application. Island Press, Washington, DC.

Johnson, D. H. 1999. The insignificance of statistical significance testing. Journal of Wildlife Management 63:763-772. Invited article.

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