STUDENT RESEARCHERS, TEACHING ASSISTANTS, & GREENHOUSE CREW
Undergraduate students have contributed significantly to the lab's research. Northland College students are welcome to inquire about possible opportunities to work with Dr. Johnson on a group project or an independent capstone project.
Abigail ('23), is pursuing B.S. degrees in Natural Resources: Ecological Restoration and Biology. In summer 2022 Abby contributed to botanical surveys of groundlayer species in northern forests ('Plant Watch' monitoring program) as well as wetland plant surveys in the Kakagon-Bad River Sloughs. The data she is collecting is being used to study plant community change in the region. She is also contributing to literature reviews to develop climate change vulnerabilty scores for northern hardwood groundlayer species. Previously she worked as a tow boat driver and outfitter in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Julia (’26) is a Natural Resources: Fisheries & Wildlife Ecology major with interests in wildlife conservation. Julia is a summer 2023 research assistant contributing to coastal dune habitat surveys in the Apostle Islands and botanical surveys of northern hardwood forests (Plant Watch project). Julia also works in Dr. Erik Olson's wildlife ecology lab during the academic year.
Isabel ('23) is a Biology major contributing to multiple research projects in the lab. She is contributing to research focused on long-term changes in northern forest plant communities in northern WI and MI and population dynamics of rare plants on rocky shorelines of Isle Royale National Park.
JUNIPER & JASMINE
They work for lots of treats, pets, and walks. They help collect seeds in their fur and they sniff out blueberries. Juni was adopted from a regional animal shelter and she has a built-in gps for always pointing the way to the moon. Named after the national flower of Tunisia, Jasmine was adopted from a local pet rescue in collaboration with an international pet rescue organization.
Please contact me with any updates!
Claire Anderson - B.S. Natural Resources-Ecological Restoration; Plant Watch project botanist for forest monitoring program; rare plant monitoring at Isle Royale National Park
Tyrease 'TJ' James - B.S. Natural Resources-Forestry; Forest vegetation surveys for the Plant Watch northern hardwood forest monitoring program; rare plant monitoring at Isle Royale National Park; tree surveys for proposed trails in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Patrick Zehm - Plant Watch project botanist for forest monitoring program; greenhouse student manager
Bridget Thornburg - B.S. Biology and Natural Resources-Fisheries & Wildlife Management; rare plant monitoring & research in Isle Royale National Park (recipient of Meeker Award for Excellence in Natural Resources Research); Research Technician for Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation
Adrian Bethel - B.S. Natural Resources-Forestry '21; rare plant monitoring & research in Apostle Islands National Lakesore; M.S. in Biological Sciences student -Wichita State U.
Maria Lefevre - B.S. Natural Resources: Ecological Restoration and Water Science: Chemistry '21; plant traits in response to fire history; greenhouse technician
Jasmine Swagel - B.S. Biology; Art '21; Woody plant flora and scientific illustrations of the Tyler Forks Community Forest
Lauren Sloyer - B.S. Natural Resources-Forestry '19; rare plant monitoring & research in Apostle Islands National Lakesore
Sam Tharpgeorge - B.S. Natural Resources-Forestry and Biology '18; Apostle Islands coastal wetland research; population dynamics of WI state threatened orchid Neottia convallarioides
Jena Miles - B.S. Natural Resources-Fisheries & Wildlife Ecology & Ecological Restoration '18; Apostle Island coastal wetland research
Ryan Rashke - B.S. Natural Resources '18; Leveraging research and monitoring networks to inform management of the Chryxus Arctic butterfly in the globally rare Pine Barrens ecosystem (co-mentored by Christel Kern and Brian Heeringa at USFS)
Hannah Hoff - B.S. Biology & Natural Resources-Forestry '19; Apostle Islands coastal wetland research; M.S. in Plant Sciences-Plant Genetics at MT State U.
Shea Schachameyer - B.S. Natural Resources-Ecological Restoration '17; Apostle Islands coastal wetland research (winner of the Meeker Award for Excellence in Natural Resources Research)
Lewis Wiechmann - B.S. Natural Resources - Forestry '17; fire history and fuels modeling on Apostle Islands (co-advised with Jon Martin)
Emily Leonard - B.S. Biology & Natural Resources-Ecological Restoration '16; Apostle Islands sandscape project; spatial analysis of Canada yew distribution on the Apostle Islands; M.S. in Wasteshed Science and Ecology at USU
Hannah O'Laughlin - B.S. Biology '16; work study research assistant and greenhouse technician; native plant propagation, rare plant population monitoring
David Moy - B.S. Biology & Natural Resources-Forestry '16; Fire effects research on Apostle Islands
Forest Rosenbower - B.S. Biology & Natural Resources '16; Apostle Islands sandscape project
Michael Sinclair - B.S. Natural Resources-Ecological Restoration, Geology '16; Apostle Islands sandscape project; M.S. in Plant Ecology and co-owner of Bay Area Environmental Consulting
Grace Vosen - B.S. Natural Resources-Ecological Restoration '16; wetland seed bank study
Stephanie Kovach - B.S. Natural Resources-Ecological Restoration '15; Fire effects research on Apostle Islands
Kim Oldenborg - B.S. Biology & Natural Resources-Ecological Restoration '15; Independent Student Researcher; Floodplain vegetation and hydrology research (winner of the Meeker Award for Excellence in Natural Resources Research); M.S. in Aquatic Biology - Grand Valley State U.
Matt Widen - B.S. Natural Resources-Forestry '15; Canada yew project in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore; M.S. in Forestry from MTU
Melissa Hogfeldt - B.S. Biology '15; greenhouse manager and teaching assistant
Tim Koski - B.S. Natural Resources-Forestry '14; Greenhouse Manager; obtained funding for Canada yew propagation study
Jordan Mead - B.S. Natural Resources-Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology '13; Canada yew project in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore; Eastern Hemlock success in deer/hare exclosures; Common Juniper status in the Apostle Islands; GIS assistant for multiple projects; M.S. degree from UMN- Duluth – Integated Biosciences Graduate Program
Carissa Hudson - B.S. Natural Resources-Ecological Restoration '13; Herbarium and research assistant