Lacrecia Johnson

Zone Biologist, Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts
12661 East Boadway
Tucson, Arizona 85748
Phone: 520-449-3501

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”

-Aldo Leopold

New Mexico:
San Andres NWR, Sevilleta NWR

Buenos Aires NWR, Cabeza Prieta NWR, Kofa NWR, Leslie Canyon NWR, San Bernardino NWR

Landscape Conservation Cooperative:
Desert LCC

Current  Projects:
Development of the FWS Inventory and Monitoring Program for the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts

  • Effectiveness of habitat manipulations on the creation or improvement of masked bobwhite quail habitat
  • Use of artificial drinkers by desert mammals
  • Response of desert bighorn sheep populations to artificial drinkers
  • Use of camera traps as an inventory and monitoring tool in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts

Previous Projects:
Prior to coming to FWS, I was at Texas Tech University (TTU). My research focused on anthropogenic changes to the landscape and its influence on habitat availability and biodiversity in the Southern Great Plains. While at TTU I also developed management tools to assist with protection of habitat impacted by land use changes. Prior to my work at TTU I had the opportunity to conduct outdoor education as well as mammal, avian and wetland research. During that time I worked for the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, United States Forest Service, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Oklahoma State Parks, and various universities.

Ph.D., 2011, Texas Tech University, Wildlife Sciences
M.S., 2002, Fort Hays State University, Biology
B.S., 1996, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Conservation Biology

Scientific interest:
Applied research and monitoring that address gaps in the understanding of management actions and brings awareness as well as solutions to the consequences of anthropogenic impacts to the environment.

Many of my formative years were spent on a southeastern Oklahoma ranch exploring and enjoying all things wild. These experiences created the foundation on which my passion for the natural sciences and conservation was built.


O’Connell, J. L., L.A. Johnson, L. M. Smith, S. T. McMurry and D. A. Haukos. 2013 Effects of agricultural tillage and sediment accumulation on emergent plant communities in playa wetlands of the U.S. High Plains. Journal of Environmental Management: In Press

O’Connell, J., L. Johnson, B. Beas, L. Smith, S. McMurry, and D. Haukos. 2012. Predicting dispersal-limitation in plants: Optimizing planting decisions for isolated wetland restoration in agricultural landscapes. Biological Conservation: In Press.

Johnson, L. A., D. A. Haukos, L. M. Smith, and S. T. McMurry. 2012. Physical loss and modification of Southern Great Plains playas. Journal of Environmental Management 112: 275-283.

Johnson, L. A., D. A. Haukos, L. M. Smith, and S. T. McMurry. 2011. Loss of playa wetlands caused by reclassification and remapping of hydric soils on the Southern High Plains. Wetlands 31:483-492.get pdf

O’Connell, J. L., L. A. Johnson, L. M. Smith, S. T. McMurry and D. A. Haukos. 2011. Influence of land-use and conservation programs on wetland plant communities of the semiarid United States Great Plains. Biological Conservation: In Press.get pdf

Wilson, G. M., R. A. Van Den Bussche, K. McBee, L. A. Johnson, and C. A. Jones. 2005. Intraspecific phylogeography of red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) in the central Rocky Mountain Region of North America. Genetica 125:1160-1162.

Clark, B. K., B. S. Clark, L. A. Johnson, and M. T. Haynie. 2001. Influence of roads on movements of small mammals. The Southwestern Naturalist: 338-344.get pdf

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