Douglas Johnson
Professor Emeritus
OSU Campus
Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences


Noxious Weed Symposium Work 2006: View the PowerPoint Presentation.

Ecology and restoration of southwestern Oregon foothill rangelands.

Analyzing ecosystem complexes using principles of landscape ecology, computer analysis, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis techniques.

The Khulan Project looked at significant environmental, social, and economic changes taking place in Mongolia that are affecting herders, Khulan, and all wildlife in the Gobi region. For more information click here.

Modeling environmental variables to predict animal movement across the landscape. 2003-2005 with Dr. Melvin R. George (University of California/Davis) and Dr. Mounir Louhaichi (OSU).

GIS applications for range and natural resources extension agents with Drs. Michael Borman and Mounir Louhaichi. 2005-2006.

Developing mobile mapping technology using customized GPS and PDA. Oregon Dept. of Agriculture (ODA). 2004-2006 with Dr. Mack Barrington.

Mapping slickspots in Idaho using near-earth photography. US Geological Survey. 2005-2007 with Dr. David Pyke.


Dr. Johnson has been a professor in the Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management at Oregon State University since 1982. His research examines the spatial behavior and movement of livestock on landscapes. He also develops models that predict animal distribution and use. Dr. Johnson is creating methodologies and software that can be used to monitor and quantify rangeland vegetation. He has consulted on rangeland systems world wide and has conducted research projects for the US Department of Agriculture, US Forest Service, US Bureau of Land Management, and private foundations.


Selected Publications

Louhaichi, M., M. M. Borman, A.L. Johnson, and D.E. Johnson. 2003. Creating low-cost high-resolution digital elevation models. Journal of Range Management 56(1)92-96.

Louhaichi, M., D.E. Johnson, L.M. Richman, and M. Carpinelli. (In Review). Effect of Oust® herbicide on selected forbs. Journal of Range Ecology and Management.

Harris, N.R. D.E. Johnson, M.R. George, and N.K. McDougald. (In Review). Association and dominance of individuals in small herds of cattle. J. Range Manage.

Booth, D.T., S.E. Cox, and D.E. Johnson. (In Review). Calibration of Threshold Levels in Vegetation-Cover Measurement
Software. J. of Range Manage. Clark, P.E., D.E. Johnson, and N.R. Harris.

(In Review). Low-cost radiation shielding for use in mapping the thermal environments of rangeland animals: a technical note. J. of Range Manage.

Copyrighted/Patented Scientific Software and Hardware

Johnson, D.E., Johnson, M.D., Harris, N.R., M. Louhaichi, and D.C. Ganskopp. (2004) KRESS Modeler Version 1.12 User’s Manual. The KRESS Project, Department of Rangeland Resources, Oregon State University. Corvallis, OR.

Johnson, D.E., Vulfson, M., Louhaichi, M., and Harris, N.R. (2003) VegMeasure Version 1.6 User’s Manual. VegMeasure Project, Department of Rangeland Resources, Oregon State University. Corvallis, OR. 51p.

Books and Handbooks

Johnson, D.E. 1999. Surveying, mapping, and monitoring noxious weeds on rangelands. In: Sheley, R.L. and J.K. Petroff. 1999 Biology and management of noxious rangeland weeds. Oregon State University Press, Corvallis, OR 97331-6407. 438 p.

Harris, N.R., M. Louhaichi, and D.E. Johnson. 2004. Laboratory manual for landscape ecology: spatial analysis of landscape data. Range Science Series Report #7, Department of Rangeland Resources, Oregon State
University, Corvallis, OR, USA. 300 pp.