Ducks Unlimited honors North Dakota scientist

Retired USGS scientist Doug Johnson receives a DU Wetland Conservation Achievement Award

Memphis, Tenn. – March 10, 2017 – Dr. Douglas Johnson’s work with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been cited as providing much of the technical foundation for current landscape-scale approaches to habitat conservation for breeding ducks. Ducks Unlimited paid tribute to Dr. Johnson’s efforts by giving him the 2017 Ducks Unlimited Wetland Conservation Achievement Award for research or technical work today during the 82nd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Spokane, Washington.


DU’s 2017 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards were presented in six categories and recognized individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and restoration of North America’s wetlands and waterfowl. DU Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt presented the awards.

“Doug has made a world-class contribution to wildlife science,” said Dr. Johann Walker, DU director of conservation programs in Montana and the Dakotas. “He is well-known in the field and examples of his influence permeate ecology and conservation.”

Dr. Johnson’s four-decade career with USGS led to leadership work in population modeling, breeding pair surveys and nesting success estimation. His groundbreaking 1980 paper on habitat selection in the scientific journal Ecology has been cited almost 3,200 times and is the ninth most-cited paper of all time in that journal. 

Now retired, Johnson still participates in wildlife science, including working to address the effects of energy development.

“Doug will continue to contribute substantially to our field as an author, advisor, critic, reviewer and more,” said Dr. Michael Anderson, emeritus scientist with Ducks Unlimited Canada. “He is truly most deserving of this award.”

Ducks Unlimited’s Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards are presented annually in six categories to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and restoration of North America’s wetlands and waterfowl. To view a complete list of the 2017 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award winners, visit www.ducks.org/wetlandawards.


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