Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Office: Watson 283
Website: Professional Webpage
Brad Johnson received a B.A. from Hope College in 2003. While there, he worked on the migration of dunes along the Lake Michigan Shoreline and helped study the formation of magnetite laminations within the dune. After taking a year off, Brad moved to Idaho State and received an M.S. in 2006 based on his research on rock glacier distribution in the Lemhi Range of central Idaho. His interest in rock glaciers continues despite his recent focus on other topics.
Brad's Ph.D. dissertation combined the creation of a climate record with the creation of a landscape record to examine how post-glacial landscapes respond to millennial scale changes in climate. Specifically, his surficial geologic map and soil descriptions of the Conejos River headwaters in the San Juan Mountains was compared with a 12 meter bog core taken from nearby Cumbres Bog. In the summer of 2011, he started a new research project in the San Juan Mountains looking at the timing of the massive Trullijo Meadows landslide and mapping last glacial maximum ice extend. He is also interested in North Carolina landslides and Piedmont stream systems.
Dr. Johnson will be teaching Environmental Geology and possibly Geomorphology, and Soil Science.