College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
D.A., 1983, Idaho State University
M.S., 1982, Idaho State University
B.A., 1976, Trinity College
A professor at
Olivet since 1986, Dr. Johnson studied jackrabbits as part of his M.S. degree
program in zoology/ecology at Idaho State University. For his Doctor of Arts
degree, also from ISU, he focused on biology and teaching at the college level.
teaches botany, ecology, anatomy and physiology, environmental science and
advanced botany. He is committed to helping students learn the amazing content
of biology. He also works to encourage students in their faith by showing them
the handiwork of God. His goal as a professor is to develop science
professionals who are well-prepared for life, work and future education.
One of Dr.
Johnson’s greatest joys is providing his students with hands-on experiences —
natural sites in Ill. and Ind., Costa Rica, Alaska. He is also the faculty
sponsor for Going Green, the student environmental club.
Along with nine
other science educators from across the U.S., Dr. Johnson studied conservation
biology at Tiputini Field Station in the Amazon Basin. His work produced
curricular materials for science teachers in secondary education.
Dr. Johnson and
his wife, Peggy, not surprisingly, are lovers of outdoor activities and they
have been blessed with three sons, all dedicated to biology. In 1994, he was
chosen as Olivet’s Faculty Member of the Year.