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Richard K. Johnson

Richard Johnson


Selected Appointments of trust

  • Scientific Advisory Committee to the European Environment Agency (2009 – 2016) (
  • Member of the Swedish Scientific council on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2013 –)
  • International Committee National Representative for Society of Limnology, SIL (2010 –)
  • Vice Dean of NJ Faculty (2013 – )
  • Chair of NJ Faculty Foma committee (2010 –)
  • Chair of the NJ Faculty Global Affairs committee (2016 -)
  • NJ Faculty respresentative, Statistics @ SLU (2016 -)


  • Appled Environmental Assessment


Research interests

  • Use of aquatic assemblages to detect ecological change, with focus on cross-ecosystem comparisons
  • Spatial and temporal congruence of aquatic communities and the importance of ecological scale
  • Effects of landscape position on the structure and function of streams and lakes
  • Importance of ecological linkages between aquatic and riparian habitats for ecosystem resilience
  • Effects of climate change on shifting baselines and restoration endeavours
    Selected research projects
  • Researcher (2015 – 17) Formas project “Developing resilience assessment schemes to improve management under fast environmental change”
  • Researcher (2015 – 17) Formas project “Disentangling the impacts of multiple stressors on stream ecosystems”Researcher (2015 – 16)
  • Energy Department (2015 – 17) “Ecological and economic strategies for minimizing the effects of hydroelectric dams”
  • Project leader and steering committee (2010 – 2016) SEPA project WATERS (
  • Disentangling multiple stressors in Swedish freshwaters (HaV financed project)



Eva Husson working thesis title for PhD, “Unmanned aircraft systems for environmental monitoring and assessment of aquatic vegetation”

Hanna Fried-Petersen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (2019)

Amélie Truchy working thesis title for PhD, “Ecosystem functioning and metacommunity dynamics in streams under human pressure”, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (planned 2017).

Chris Jones, working thesis title for PhD, “Ecological Filters and Cumulative Effects of Multiple Stressors: Towards a Mechanistic Understanding of Community Assembly”, Laurentian University, Ontario, Canada (planned 2017).

Selected publications

Peer-reviewed publications 2014 - 2016

1.             Baho D.L., Drakare, S., Johnson, R.K., Allen, C.R. and D.G. Angeler. 2016. Is the impact of eutrophication on phytoplankton diversity dependent on lake volume/ecosystem size? Journal of Limnology, in press.

2.             Andersen, J.H., Aroviita, J., Carstensen, J., Friberg, N., Johnson, R.K., Kauppila, P., Lindegarth, M., Murray, C., and K. Norling. 2016. Approaches for integrated assessment of ecological and eutrophication status of surface waters in Nordic Countries. Ambio, 1-11. doi 10.1007/s13280-016-0767-8

3.             Johnson, R.K. and K. Almlöf. 2016. Adapting boreal streams to climate change: effects of riparian vegetation on water temperature and biological assemblages. Freshwater Science,  35: 984-997.

4.             Johansson, K.S.L., Trigal, C., Vrede, T., Rijswijk, P. Goedkoop, W. and R.K. Johnson. 2016. Algal blooms increase heterotrophy at the base of boreal lake food webs – evidence from fatty acid biomarkers. Limnology and Oceanography, doi 10.1002/lno.10296

5.             Poikane, S., Johnson, R.K., Aroviita, J., Böhmer, J., Miler, O., Pusch, M., Sandin, L., Schartau, A.K., Solimni, A., and G. Urbanic. 2016. Benthic macroinvertebrates in lake ecological assessment: A review of methods, intercalibration and practical recommendations. Science of the Total Environment. 543: 123-134.

6.             Carlson, P.E., McKie, B.G., Sandin, L. and R.K. Johnson. 2016. Strong land-use effects on the dispersal patterns of adult stream insects: implications for transfers of aquatic subsidies to terrestrial consumers. Freshwater Biology, 61: 848-861.

7.             Truchy, A., Angeler, D.G., Sponseller, R.A., Johnson, R.K., and B.G. McKie. 2015. Linking Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning and Services, and Ecological Resilience: Towards an Integrative Framework for Improved Management. Advances in Ecological Research. 53:55-96.

8.             Baho, D.L., Futter, M.N., Johnson, R.K. and D.G Angeler. 2015. Assessing temporal scales and patterns in time series: comparing methods based on redundancy analysis. Ecological Complexity, 22: 162-168.

9.             Angeler, D.G., Allen, C.R., Baho, D.L. and R.K. Johnson. 2015. Linking degradation status with ecosystem vulnerability to environmental change. Oecologia, 178:899-913.

10.         Angeler, D.G., Allen, C.R., Uden, D.R. and R.K. Johnson. 2015. Spatial patterns and functional redundancies in a changing boreal lake landscape. Ecosystems, 18: 889-902.

11.         Angeler, D.G., Allen, C.R., Birge, H.E., Drakare, S. McKie, B.G. and R.K. Johnson. 2014. Assessing and managing freshwater ecosystems vulnerable to environmental change. Ambio, 43: 113-125.

12.         Fölster, J., Johnson, R.K., Futter M. and A. Wilander. 2014. The Swedish monitoring of surface waters: 50 year of adaptive monitoring. Ambio, 43: 3-18.

13.         Johnson R.K. and Angeler, D.G.  2014. Effects of agricultural land use on stream assemblages: taxon-specific responses of alpha and beta diversity. Ecological Indicators, 45: 386-393.

14.         Baho, D.L., Drakare, S., Johnson, R.K., Allen, C.R., and D.G. Angeler. 2014. Similar Resilience Attributes in Lakes with Different Management Practices. PLoS ONE 9: e91881.

15.         Johnson, R.K., Angeler, D.G., Moe, J. and D. Hering. 2014. Cross-taxon responses to elevated nutrients in European streams and lakes. Aquatic Sciences, 76: 51-60.

Professor at the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment; Section for Ecology and Biodiversity
Telephone: 018-673127
Postal address:
Institutionen för vatten och miljö, Box 7050
Visiting address: Lennart Hjelms väg 9, Uppsala