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Richard K. Johnson

Richard Johnson


Selected Appointments of trust

  • Vice Dean of NJ Faculty (2013 – 2022)
  • Governmental appointment to review of environmental monitoring in Sweden (2017 -19)
  • Member of the Swedish Scientific council on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2013 – 2022)
  • International Committee National Representative for Society of Limnology, SIL (2010 –)
  • NJ Faculty respresentative, Statistics @ SLU (2016 - 2022)
  • Scientific Advisory Committee to the European Environment Agency (2009 – 2016) (


  • Appled Environmental Assessment both undergraduate and graduate levels


Research interests

  • Use of aquatic assemblages to detect ecological change, with recent focus on eDNA
  • Effects of landscape position on the structure and function of streams and lakes
  • Importance of ecological linkages between aquatic and riparian habitats for ecosystem biodiversity, function and resilience
  • Effects of climate change on shifting baselines and restoration endeavours
  • Use of modelling to establish reference conditions and detect environmental impacts

Selected projects

  • HaV - Quantifying hydropower impacts on instream and riparian biodiversity (main applicant)
  • FORMAS - How does altered connectivity between streams and riparian ecosystems impact the biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and valued ecosystem services of riparian buffer strips (NEXUS) (main applicant)
  • BiodivERsA -Understanding cross-habitat linkages between blue and green infrastructure to optimize management of biodiversity, ecosystem services and multiple human uses (CROSSLINK) (co-applicant)
  • SEPA - Barcoding of freshwater organisms for improved assessment of biodiversity and ecological status (FRESHBAR) (co-applicant)
  • NMR - Validating metabarcoding for routine use in Fenno-Scandinavian freshwater biomonitoring (SCANDNAnet) (co-applicant)

Environmental analysis

Coordinator of the national monitoring program of Trend Lakes (1988 - )


Collaboration with South China Institute of Environmental Science (SCIES), China (2016- 2022)


Main supervisor

  • Jasmina Sargac, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (2022)


  • Carlotta Meriggi, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (2022)


Selected publications

Selected peer-reviewed publications

1.   Huabrook, P.J., Ahmed, D.A. Cutbert, R.N., Stubbington, R., Damisch, S., Marquez, J.R.G., Beidas, A., Amatulli, G., Kiesel. J., Shen, L.Q., Angeler, D, Bonada, N., Csabai, A., Datry, T., Eyto, E., Dohet, A., Dtohan E., England, J., Feio, M.J., Forio, M.A.E., Varbiro, G., Goethals, P., Graf, W., Heino, J., Jähnig S.C., Johnson, R.K., Larranaga, A., Leitner, P., L´Hoste, L., Lizee, M-H., Maire, A., Rasmussen, J.J., Schäfer, R.B., Schmidt-Kloiber, A., Vannevel, R., Verdonschot, R.C.M., Wilberg-Larsen, P., Hasse, P. 2022. The invasion curve dynamics of a European-wide introduced species. Global Change Biology,

2.   Meriggi, C., Drakare, S., Lacambra, E.P., Johnson, R.K., Laugen, A.T. 2022. Species distribution models as a tool for early detection of the invasive Raphidiopsis raciborskii in European lakes. Harmful Algae, 113, 102202.

3.   Forio, M.A.E., Burdon, F.J., De Troyer, N., Lock, K., Witing, F., Baert, L., De Saeyer, N., Risnoveanu, G., Popescu, C., Kupilas, B., Friberg, N., Boets, P., Johnson, R.K., Volk, M., McKie, B.G. & Goethals, P. 2021. A Bayesian Belief Network learning tool integrates multi-scale effects of riparian buffers on stream invertebrates. Science of the Total Environment, 810, 152146.

4.   Truchy, A., Angeler, D.G., Sponseller, R.A., Ecke, F., Kahlert, M., Bundschuh, M., Johnson, R.K. and B.G. McKie. 2022. Responses of multiple structural and functional indicators along three contrasting disturbance gradients. Ecological Indicators, 135, 108514:

5.   Maasri et al. (2021). A Global Agenda for Advancing Freshwater Biodiversity Research. Ecological Letters, 25(2):255-263. doi/10.1111/ele.13931

6.   Johnson, R.K., Carlson, P.E., and B.G. McKie, B. 2021. Contrasting responses of terrestrial and aquatic consumers in riparian – stream networks to local and landscape level drivers of environmental change. Basic and Applied Ecology, 57: 115-128.

7.   Angeler, D.G., Allen, C.R., Garmestani, A., Gunderson, L., and R.K. Johnson. 2021. Panarchy and the management of lake social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society,

8.   Johnson, R.K. and V. Toprak. 2021. Local habitat is a strong determinant of spatial and temporal patterns of macrophyte diversity and composition in boreal lakes. Freshwater Biology, 66: 1490-1501.

9.   Sargac, J., Johnson, R.K., Burdon, F.J., Truchy, A., Rîşnoveanu, G., Goethals, P., B.G. McKie. 2021. Forested Riparian Buffers Change the Taxonomic and Functional Composition of Stream Invertebrate Communities in Agricultural Catchments. Water, 12(4): DOI: 10.3390/w13081028.

10.Vitecek, S., Johnson, R.K. Poikane, S. 2021. Assessing the ecological status of European rivers and lakes using benthic invertebrate communities: A practical catalogue of metrics and methods. Water, 13(3), 346.

11. Sarremejane, R., Truchy, A., McKie, B.G. Mykrä, H., Johnson, R.K., Huusko, A., Sponseller, R.A., Muotka, T. 2021. Stochastic processes and connectivity drive stream invertebrate community responses to short-term drought. Journal of Animal Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.13417

12. Baho, D. L., Drakare, S., Johnson, R. K., and D.G. Angeler. 2020. Phytoplankton size-and abundance-based resilience assessments reveal nutrient rather than water level effects. Science of The Total Environment, 746, 141110.

13. Burdon, F.J., Ramberg, E., Sargac, J., Forio, M.A.E., de Saeyer, N., Mutinova, P.T., Fosholt Moe, T.F.., Pavelescu, M.O., Dinu, V., Cazacu, C., Witing, F., Kupilas, B., Grandin, U., Volk, M., Rîşnoveanu, G., Goethals, P., Friberg, N., Johnson, R.K. and B.G. McKie. 2020. Assessing the benefits of forested buffers: A qualitative index of riparian integrity is positively associated with aquatic ecological status in European streams. Water, 12(4): doi: 10.3390/w12041178.

14. Ramberg, E., Burdon, F. J., Sargac, J., Kupilas, B., Rîşnoveanu, G., Lau, D. C., Johnson, R.K. and B.G. McKie. 2020. The Structure of Riparian Vegetation in Agricultural Landscapes Influences Spider Communities and Aquatic-Terrestrial Linkages. Water, 12(10), 2855

15. Truchy, A., Sarremejane, R., Muotka, T., Mykrä, H., Angeler D.G., Lehosmaa, K. Huusko, A., Johnson, R.K., Sponseller, R.A. and B.G. McKie. 2020. Habitat patchiness, ecological connectivity and the uneven recovery of boreal stream ecosystems from an experimental drought. Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcb.15063.

16. Truchy, A., Göthe, E., Angeler, D.G., Ecke, F., Sponseller, R.A., Bundschuh, M., Johnson, R.K. and B.G. McKie. 2020. Partitioning spatial, environmental, and community drivers of ecosystem functioning. Landscape Ecology, 34:2371-2384.




Professor at the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment; Division of Ecology and Biodiversity
Telephone: +4618673127
Postal address:
Institutionen för vatten och miljö, Box 7050
Visiting address: Lennart Hjelms väg 9, Uppsala