Humboldt State University

Matthew Johnson, Ph.D.

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Ecological peer-reviewed publications
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Ecological peer-reviewed publications

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  • 2019 Mendia, S.M., Johnson, M.D. and Higley, J.M. Ecosystem services and disservices of bear foraging on managed timberlands. Ecosphere 10:1-25. PDF
  • 2019 Bergstrom, B.J., M.D. Johnson, J.C. Harris, and T.W. Sherry. Effects of habitat, season, and age on winter fat storage by migrant and resident birds in Jamaica. Journal of Field Ornithology 90:1-14. PDF
  • 2019 Maas, B., Heath, S., Grass, I., Cassano, C., Classen, A., Faria, D., Gras, P., Williams-Guillén, K., Johnson, M., Karp, D.S. and Linden, V. Experimental field exclosure of birds and bats in agricultural systems—Methodological insights, potential improvements, and cost-benefit trade-offs. Basic and Applied Ecology 35: 1-12. PDF
  • 2018 Johnson, M.D., C.A. Wendt, D. St. George, A. Huysman, B. Estes, X. Castañeda. Can barn owls help control rodents in winegrape vineyard landscapes? A review of key questions and suggested next steps. Proc. 28th Vertebr. Pest Conf. (D.M. Woods, Ed.), Published at Univ. of Calif., Davis. Pages 180-187. PDF
  • 2018 Johnson, M.D. and E.M. Wood. Habitat Ecology. Ch. 18 in Ornithology: Foundation, Analysis, and Application, edited by M.L. Morrison, A.D. Rodewald, G. Voelker, M.R. Colón, and J.F. Prather, Johns Hopkins Press. PDF
  • 2018 Meisman*, E., C. Bortot*, L. Enriquez*, C. Herr*, S. Ihle*, S. Jensen*, M. Johnson, M. Sampson*, and C. Wendt*. Coastal vegetation communities affect mesocarnivore activity in Northern California dune ecosystems. Western Wildlife 5:1–6. PDF
  • 2018 Smith*, C., M.C. Milligan*, M.D. Johnson, and P. Njoroge. Bird community response to landscape and foliage arthropod variables in sun coffee of central Kenyan highlands. Global Ecology and Conservation 13: e00378. PDF
  • 2017 Wendt*, C. A., & Johnson, M. D. Multi-scale analysis of barn owl nest box selection on Napa Valley vineyards. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 247:75-83. PDF
  • 2017 Eyes*, S. A., Roberts, S. L., & Johnson, M. D. California Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis) habitat use patterns in a burned landscape. The Condor 119:375-388. PDF
  • 2016 Browning, M., Ceckler, L., Knott, K., and Johnson, M.D. Prey consumption by a large aggregation of barn owls in an agricultural setting. Proceedings of the 27th Vertebrate Pest Conference (R. M. Timm and R. A. Baldwin, Eds.) Published at Univ. of Calif., Davis. Pp. 337-344. PDF
  • 2016 Spidal*, A.B. and M.D. Johnson. Sexual habitat segregation in migrant warblers along a shade gradient of Jamaican coffee farms. Journal of Caribbean Ornithology 29:37–42. PDF
  • 2016 Sherry, T.W., M.D. Johnson, K.A. Williams, J.D. Kaban*, C.K. McAvoy*, A.M. Hallauer*, S. Rainey*, and S. Xu*. Dietary opportunism, resource partitioning, and consumption of coffee berry borers by five species of migratory wood warblers (Parulidae) wintering in Jamaican shade coffee plantations. Journal of Field Ornithology 87:273-292. PDF
  • 2016 Johnson, M.D. & S.C. Hackett. Why birds matter economically. Ch. 2 in Why Birds Matter: Avian Ecological Function and Ecosystem Services, C.H. Sekercioglu, D.G. Wenny, and C.J. Whelan, eds. Univ. Chicago Press. PDF
  • 2016 Whelan, C.J., D.F. Tomback, D. Kelly, and M. D. Johnson. Trophic interaction networks and ecosystem services. Ch. 3 in Why Birds Matter: Avian Ecological Function and Ecosystem Services, C.H. Sekercioglu, D.G. Wenny, and C.J. Whelan, eds. Univ. Chicago Press. PDF
  • 2016 Milligan*, M. C., Johnson, M. D., Garfinkel*, M., Smith*, C. J., & Njoroge, P.  2016. Quantifying pest control services by birds and ants in Kenyan coffee farms. Biological Conservation 194: 58-65.PDF
  • 2015 Smith*, C., D. Barton, M.D. Johnson, C. Wendt*, M.C. Milligan, P. Njoroge, P. Gichuki.  Bird communities in sun and shade coffee farms in Kenya.  Global Ecology and Conservation.PDF
  • 2015 Delgado de al Flor, Y.A.* and M.D.Johnson. Influence of invasive European beachgrass on mesopredator activity in the coastal dunes of Northern California. Western Wildlife. 2: 29-34 PDF
  • 2015 Garfinkel, M.* and M.D. Johnson. Pest-removal services provided by birds on small organic farms in northern California. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and the Environment. 211: 24-31. PDF
  • 2015 Johnson, M.D. and Y.L. De Leon*. Effect of an invasive plant and moonlight on rodent foraging behavior in a coastal dune ecosystem. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0117903 PDF
  • 2015 Spragens, K*, J.M. Black, and M.D. Johnson.  Aleutian Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii leucopareia use of pastures in relation to livestock management.  Wildfowl 65: 31–50. PDF
  • 2014 Howard*, K. and M.D. Johnson. Effects of natural habitat on pest control in California Vineyards. Western Birds 45:276–283 PDF
  • 2014 Kalinowski*, R.S., M.D. Johnson, and A.C Rich. Habitat relationships of great gray owl prey in meadows of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 38(3): 547-556 PDF
  • 2014 Railsback, S.F. and M.D. Johnson. Effects of land use on bird populations and pest control services on coffee farms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 111(16): 6109-6114 PDF
  • 2014 Trainor*, M., M.D. Johnson, and H. Davis. Orangequit (Euneornis campestris) and Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) body condition in response to shade coffee habitat in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. J. Caribbean Ornithology. 27: 15-21 PDF
  • 2014 Wolfe*, J.D., M.D. Johnson and C J. Ralph. Do birds select habitat or food resources? Nearctic-Neotropic migrants in northeastern Costa Rica. PLOS ONE 9(1): e86221. PDF
  • 2013 Wood*, E.M, M.D. Johnson, R.D. Jackson, A.M. Pidgeon, and B.A. Garrison. Avian community use and occupancy of California oak savanna. Condor 115: 712-724. PDF
  • 2013 Wolfe*, J., M.D. Johnson, and C.J. Ralph. Higher mass increases annual survival of wintering Prothonotary Warblers (Protonotaria citrea) in Northeastern Costa Rica. Condor. 115:163–167 PDF
  • 2012 Smith*, C., M.D. Johnson, B. Campos*, and C. Bishop*. Variation in aggressive behavior of black-throated blue warblers in Jamaica.Condor 114: 831-839. PDF
  • 2011 Railsback, S.F. and M.D. Johnson. Pattern-oriented modeling of bird foraging and pest control in coffee farms. Ecological Modelling 222: 3305-3319. PDF
  • 2011 Wenny, D., T.L. DeVault, M.D. Johnson, D. Kelly, C.H. Sekercioglu, D.F. Tomback, and C.J. Whelan. The need to quantify ecosystem services provided by birds. Auk 128: 1-14. PDF
  • 2011 Powers*, B., M.D. Johnson, J.A. LaManna*, A. Rich. The influence of cattle grazing on pocket gophers in the central Sierra Nevada. Northwestern Naturalist 92: 13-18. PDF
  • 2011 Jirinec*, V., B.R. Campos*, M.D. Johnson. Roosting behavior of a migratory songbird on Jamaican coffee farms: Implications for ecosystem services. Bird Conservation International Feb: 1-9. PDF
  • 2010 Kalinowski*, R.S. and M.D. Johnson. Influence of suburban habitat on a wintering bird community in coastal Northern California. The Condor 112: 274–282. PDF
  • 2010 Johnson, M.D., J.L. Kellermann*, and A.M. Stercho*. Pest control services by birds in shade and sun coffee in Jamaica. Animal Conservation 13: 140-147. PDF
  • 2010 Wood, E.M., M.D. Johnson, and B.A. Garrison. Quantifying bird habitat using a relevé method. Transactions of the Western Wildlife Society 46:25-41. PDF
  • 2009 Johnson, M.D., N.J. Levy*, J.L. Kellermann*, and D.E. Robinson. Effects of shade and bird predation on arthropods and leaf damage on coffee farms in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains. Agroforestry Systems 76: 139-148 PDF
  • 2009 Tonra*, C.M., M.D. Johnson, S.K. Heath and M.E. Hauber. Does nesting habitat influence hatching synchrony between brood parasitic Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater) and two hosts? Ecography PDF
  • 2009 Johnson, M.D. and C.M. Horn*. Effects of rotational grazing on rodents and raptors on a coastal grassland. Western North American Naturalist 68:444-462 PDF
  • 2008 Kellermann*, J.L., M.D. Johnson, A.M. Stercho*, and S. Hackett. Ecological and economic services provided by birds on Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee farms. Conservation Biology 22:1177-1185 PDF
  • 2008 Tonra*, C.M., M.E. Hauber, S.K. Heath, and M.D. Johnson. Ecological correlates and sex differences in early development of a generalist brood parasite. Auk 125:205-213 PDF
  • 2007 Myers*, C.H., L. Eigner*, J.A. Harris*, R. Hilman*, M.D. Johnson, R. Kalinowski*, J.J. Muir*, M. Reyes*, L.E. Tucci*. The effectiveness of ground-based and tree-based polyvinyl chloride traps for capturing Pseudacris regilla in northwestern California. Northwestern Naturalist:147-154 PDF
  • 2007 Tietz*, J.R. and M.D. Johnson. Stopover ecology and habitat selection of juvenile Swainson’s Thrushes along the Northern California coast. Condor. :795-807 PDF
  • 2007 Johnson, M.D. Measuring habitat quality: a review. Condor:489-504 PDF
  • 2007 Kristan, W.B. III, M.D. Johnson, and J.T. Rotenberry. Choices and consequences of habitat selection for birds. Condor 109:485-488. PDF
  • 2006 Johnson, M.D., T.W. Sherry, R.T. Holmes, and P.P Marra. Assessing habitat quality for a migratory songbird wintering in natural and agricultural habitats. Conservation Biology 20:1433-1444. PDF
  • 2006 Johnson, M.D., A.M. Strong, and T.W. Sherry. The balanced breeding hypothesis for the integration of migrant and resident insectivorous birds in the tropics. Journal of Avian Biology 37: 229-237. PDF
  • 2005 Johnson, M.D., T.L. Adams*, T.M. Branston*, R.D. Clark*, W.B. Crombie*, D.L. Germann*, A.D.M. Ives-Ringstad*, H. Langendorf*, and J.L. Moore*. Variables influencing predation of artificial duck nests in Northwest Coastal California. Transactions of the Western Wildlife Society 41:11-20. PDF
  • 2005 Johnson, M.D. Habitat quality: a brief review for wildlife biologists. Transactions of the Western Wildlife Society 41:31-41. PDF
  • 2005 Sherry, T.W., M.D. Johnson, and A.M. Strong. Are migrant birds limited by food in winter? Chapter 31 in Birds of Two Worlds: The Ecology and Evolution of Migration. Johns Hopkins University Press. PDF
  • 2005 Johnson, M.D., T.W. Sherry, A.M. Strong, and A. Medori*. Migrants in Neotropical bird communities: an assessment of the breeding currency hypothesis. Journal of Animal Ecology:333-341 PDF
  • 2002 Johnson, M.D., D. Ruthrauff*, J. Jones*, and J. Robinson*, and J. Tietz*. Short term effects of tartar emetic on re-sighting rates of migratory songbirds in the non-breeding season. Journal of Field Ornithology:191-196 PDF
  • 2001 Johnson, M.D. and T.W. Sherry. Effects of food availability on the distribution of migratory warblers among habitats in Jamaica, West Indies. Journal of Animal Ecology :546-560 PDF
  • 2001 Strong, A.M. and M.D. Johnson. Exploitation of a seasonal resource by non-breeding Plain and White-crowned pigeons: implications for conservation of tropical dry forests. Wilson Bulletin:73-77 PDF
  • 2000 Johnson, M.D. Effects of shade-tree species and crop structure on the bird and arthropod communities in a Jamaican coffee plantation. Biotropica:133-145 PDF
  • 2000 Johnson, M.D. Evaluation of an arthropod sampling technique useful in measuring food availability for forest insectivores. Journal of Field Ornithology:88-109 PDF
  • 2000 Johnson, M.D. and A. M. Strong. Length-weight relationships of Jamaican arthropods. Entomological News 111:270-281. PDF
  • 1996 Johnson, M.D. and G.R. Geupel. The importance of productivity to the dynamics of a Swainson's Thrush population. Condor:133-141 PDF
  • 1996 Johnson, M.D. and J.G. Gilardi. The communal roosting behavior of the Crested Caracara in southern Guatemala. Journal of Field Ornithology:44-47 PDF

Higher education publications

  • 2019 Sprowles et al. Place-Based Learning Communities on a Rural Campus: Turning Challenges into Assets. Learning Communities Research and Practice . 7: Article 6. PDF
  • 2017 Johnson, M.D., Sprowles, A.E., Overeem, K., and Rich, A. A place-based learning community: Klamath Connection at Humboldt State University. Learning Communities Research & Practice 5(2): 1-13 PDF
  • 2005 Johnson, M.D. Academic performance of ‘native’ versus transfer students in natural resource sciences. Journal of College Student Development 39:570-579. PDF
  • 2004 Johnson, M.D. The next Reality Show: legitimizing experiential learning with community-based research. The American Biology Teacher 66: 249-253. PDF
  • 2001 Johnson, M.D. “Twenty years of schooling and they put you on the day shift”: reflections of a first-year wildlife teacher. Wildlife Society Bulletin:1298-1299 PDF

Opinion-editorial publications & popular articles

  • 2003 Johnson, M.D. Liar, liar, brush on fire. [Opinion essay on prevention of brush fires like those in Southern California, fall 2003] EcoNews Nov-Dec, 2003. print version
  • 2003 Johnson, M.D. Where will the wood come from? [Opinion essay on logging in National Forests inspired by preparatory work for Habitat Ecology course lectures] San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday October 13. PDF
  • 2003 Johnson, M.D. Student project contributes to marsh restoration and enhancement effort. Outdoor California, May-June Issue, Pages 4-7. PDF
  • 2001 Johnson, M.D. [Co-written with numerous student authors] Why Y2Y?[Opinion essay on merits of a conservation initiative written with students and stemming from in-class debate in Habitat Ecology course.] EcoNews Jan-Feb, 2001. print version
  • 2000 Johnson, M.D. A piece of the pie. [Opinion essay on human population problem inspired by preparatory work for Wildlife Ecology & Management lectures]. EcoNews Nov-Dec, 2000. print version
  • Various “Letters-to-the-Editor” compiled