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Randal Johnson

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.

Dr. Johnson 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.

Proverbs

18:15

The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.