W. Carter Johnson, Ph.D., is retired Distinguished Professor of Ecology at South Dakota State University. A graduate of Augustana College and North Dakota State University, he has worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee and at Virginia Tech. Johnson has published 125 peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters during his career on the subject of plant ecology—the relationship between plants and the environment.
He has received national awards for his research on the effects of dams on forest vegetation along the Missouri and Platte Rivers. The National Research Council has appointed him to four expert panels, two on the Missouri River, and one each on the Platte and Columbia Rivers.
Johnson has consulted for government and industry to solve practical problems involving environmental and ecological issues. Most recently, he and three colleagues formed the non-profit EcoSun Prairie Farms in South Dakota, to demonstrate on a working farm how to make a living from growing and marketing products from restored tall grass prairie in eastern South Dakota.