University of Oregon

Department of Landscape Architecture

Bart Johnson

Bart JohnsonProfessor and Department Head

Room 209 Pacific (Johnson Lab)


B.S., 1987, Cornell; M.L.A., 1992, Ph.D., 1995, Georgia. (1995)

Dr. Bart Johnson is a Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon. His academic training in agronomy (B.S.), landscape architecture (MLA) and ecology (Ph.D.) reflect his lifelong passion for learning how to integrate people and their use of the land with native ecosystems and evolutionary processes.  Both his teaching and research focus on the integration of ecology into landscape design, planning and management, with a particular emphasis on conservation planning and ecological restoration through the linkage of innovative design with rigorous research.

Current research focuses on biodiversity conservation and fire management in the context of climate change and urbanization. This includes landscape planning, simulation modeling, restoration experiments and assessments, prescribed fire, and historical vegetation reconstruction. The ecological context of these studies centers on Pacific Northwest oak savanna, upland prairie and wetland prairie, all imperiled ecosystems.

In addition to landscape design and planning studios, his courses include Principles of Applied Ecology, Climate Change Planning and Design, Landscape Research II, and two intensive field courses, Fire as a Tool for Landscape Design and Management and Reading the Landscape of the High Cascades.

He is the lead editor of the 2002 book Ecology and Design: Frameworks for Learning. Dr. Johnson was the University of Oregon lead for an international consortium on urban ecology education and has taught ecological design at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He is currently the steering committee chair for the UO Sustainable Cities and Landscapes research hub under the auspices of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).

He is the recipient of three recent grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy for collaborative, interdisciplinary research on the implications of climate change for biodiversity and landscape planning in the Pacific Northwest.


Selected Recent Publications


Roos, C. I, A. C. Scott, C. M. Belcher, W. G. Chaloner, J. Aylen, R. Bliege Bird, M. R. Coughlan, B. R. Johnson, F. H. Johnston, J. McMorrow, T. Steelman, and the Fire and Mankind Discussion Group. Accepted. Living on a flammable planet: interdisciplinary, crossscalar, and varied cultural lessons, prospects, and challenges. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B

Fischer, P. A., T. A. Spies, T. A. Steelman, C. Moseley, B. R. Johnson, J. D. Bailey, A. A. Ager, P. Bourgeron, S. Charnley, B. M. Collins, J. D. Kline, J. E. Leahy, J. S. Littell, J. D. A. Millington, M. Nielsen-Pincus, C. S. Olsen, T. B. Paveglio, C. I. Roos, M. M. Steen-Adams, F.R. Stevens, J. Vukomanovic, E. M. White, D. M. J. S. Bowman. Accepted. Wildfire risk as a socio-ecological pathology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Pfeifer-Meister, L., S. D. Bridgham, L. L. Reynolds, M. E. Goklany, H. E. Wilson, C. J. Little, A. Ferguson, B. R. Johnson. In Press. Climate change alters plant biogeography in Mediterranean prairies along the West Coast, USA. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13052.

Hulse, D., A. Branscomb, C. Enright, B. Johnson, C. Evers and J. Bolte. In Press. Anticipating Surprise: using agent-based alternative futures simulation modeling to identify and map surprising fires in the Willamette Valley, Oregon U.S.A. Landscape and Urban Planning.

Wu, H., D. Hulse, J. Bolte and B. R. Johnson. 2015. A scenario-based approach to integrating flow-ecology research with watershed development planning. Landscape and Urban Planning 144 (2015) 74–89.

Reynolds, L. L., B. R. Johnson, L. Pfeifer-Meister, and S. D. Bridgham. 2015. Soil respiration response to climate change in Pacific Northwest prairies is mediated by a regional Mediterranean climate gradient. Global Change Biology 21, 487–500, doi: 10.1111/gcb.12732.

Nielsen-Pincus, M., R. G. Ribe, and B. R. Johnson. 2015. Spatially and socially segmenting private landowner motivations, properties, and management: A typology for the wildland urban interface. Landscape and Urban Planning 137:1-12.

Yospin, G. I., S. D. Bridgham, R. P. Neilson, J. P. Bolte, D. M. Bachelet, P. J. Gould, C. A. Harrington, J. A. Kertis, C. Evers, and B. R. Johnson. 2015. A new model to simulate climate change impacts on forest succession for local land management. Ecological Applications. DOI: 10.1890/13-0906.1.

Pfeifer-Meister, L., S. D. Bridgham, T. Tomaszewski, C. J. Little, L. L. Reynolds, M. E. Goklany and B. R. Johnson. 2013. Pushing the limit: experimental evidence of climate effects on plant range distributions. Ecology 94: 2131–2137.

Pfeifer-Meister, L., B. R. Johnson, B. A. Roy, S. Carreño, J. L. Stewart, and S. D. Bridgham. 2012. Restoring wetland prairies: tradeoffs among native plant cover, community composition, and ecosystem functioning. Ecosphere 3(12): doi:

Bachelet, D., B. R. Johnson, S. D. Bridgham, P. V. Dunn, H. E. Anderson and B. M. Rogers. 2011. Climate Change Impacts on Western Pacific Northwest Prairies and Savannas. Northwest Science: 85 (2): 411-429.