Kevin B. Johnson, Ph.D. Florida Tech

Kevin B. Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor | Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences

  • Melbourne FL UNITED STATES
  • Edwin A. Link Building 116
  • Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences

Dr. Johnson's research program revolves around plankton ecology, invasive species, harmful algae and estuarine restoration.

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Areas of Expertise

Estuarine Restoration
Seagrass Ecology
Marine Invertebrate Recruitment
Plankton Ecology
Invasive Species
Harmful Algae Blooms

About

Kevin Johnson is co-director of Florida Tech’s Indian River Lagoon Research Institute and the university’s representative on the Technical Advisory Committee to the Indian River Lagoon’s National Estuary Program.

He is director of Marine and Environmental Field Projects at Florida Tech, an innovative program exposing undergraduates to graduate-level research. His research program at Florida Tech revolves around plankton ecology, marine invertebrate recruitment, invasive species, seagrass ecology, harmful algae and estuarine restoration.

Prior to coming to Florida Tech, Dr. Johnson was appointed Postdoctoral Fellow of the Smithsonian Institution, where he worked on problems of growth and navigation in meroplanktonic invertebrate larvae. During his time with the Smithsonian, he was involved in deep-sea submersible research offshore of the Bahamas, part of a team studying the ecology of new deep-sea species.

In 1999, Dr. Johnson was recruited by the National Science Foundation as a Postdoctoral Fellow at NSF’s Center for Environmental Analysis – Centers for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CEA-CREST) at California State University, Los Angeles. During his tenure at CEA-CREST, he conducted field research on mussel recruitment and benthic ecology at the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies (University of Southern California) based on Santa Catalina Island. Dr. Johnson also conducted research on similar topics at Bamfield Marine Station in Barkley Sound, British Columbia, Canada.

Following his time with the NSF, Dr. Johnson was a Lecturer in Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University (2000), a liberal arts college.

In his career, Dr. Johnson has spent nearly 6 months at sea, teaching and conducting research, and has lived and worked at seven coastal marine laboratories.

In addition to over 20 peer-reviewed articles on marine ecology and restoration, including studies of oyster settlement, copepod grazing and harmful algae, Dr. Johnson is also the author the second edition of “A Guide to Marine Coastal Plankton and Marine Invertebrate Larvae” (1977, 1996), a reference manual in print for almost 50 years and used on every continent.

Media Assets

Media Appearances

Florida Tech building $1.25M marine research center on Crane Creek at Melbourne Harbor

Florida Today  

2021-09-01

"The anchorage is right here on the water. The university's back on Babcock — that's not conducive for teaching if you want to get your feet muddy and your hands wet," said Kevin Johnson, professor of oceanography and environmental science.

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Dress As Your Favorite Zooplankter Day

Florida Tech News  

2020-11-06

Per tradition, students in professor Kevin B. Johnson‘s Marine and Estuarine Zooplankton course celebrated halloween in a very “Florida Tech” way. For the 20th year, Johnson’s students dressed as various zooplankton—marine and freshwater animal drifters that are vitally important to global issues, like fisheries, climate and the economy.

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Education

University of Oregon

Ph.D.

1998

Brigham Young University

B.S.

1992

Links

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Selected Articles

Mesozooplankton Community Dynamics and Grazing Potential Across Algal Bloom Cycles in a Subtropical Estuary

Frontiers in Marine Science

2021

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High Densities of a Prochlorophyte (Unresolved Species) Inhibit Grazing by the Herbivorous Copepod Parvocalanus crassirostris

Frontiers in Marine Science

2021

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Grazing by the Copepod Parvocalanus crassirostris on Picochlorum sp. at Harmful Bloom Densities and the Role of Particle Size

Frontiers in Marine Science

2021

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Environmental Factors Influencing Benthic Polychaete Distributions in a Subtropical Lagoon

Marine Technology Society Journal

2018

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Comparative phototaxis of calanoid and harpacticoid copepods

Marine Biology

2017

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Affiliations

  • Science Technology Engineering Modeling Advisory Committee, IRL National Estuary Program : Member

Accomplishments

Andrew W. Revay, Jr. Award for Service Excellence

2013 – Florida Institute of Technology

Presidential Award for University Excellence

2013, 2014, & 2015 – Florida Tech

Most Valuable Panther

September 2012 – Florida Institute of Technology

Kerry Bruce Clark Award for Teaching Excellence

2010 – Florida Institute of Technology

Walter Munn, Jr. Award for Teaching Excellence

2009 – College of Engineering, Florida Tech

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