David Johnson

Dr. Johnson received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology/Microbiology for New Mexico State University and is Director of the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Research at New Mexico State University. He currently conducts research in soil microbial community structures and functions by exploring the interactions and interdependence between plants and soil microbes towards improving: plant carbon capture efficiencies, system water use efficiencies, and reduction of soil carbon respiration.

This research is aimed at developing practical and easily-adoptable mechanisms to significantly reduce greenhouse gases while promoting sustainable agro-ecosystems. Dr. Johnson currently works with Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, Texas A&M, Arizona State University, Michigan State University, University of Hawaii, California State University Chico, University of California, Davis, and the Thornburg Foundation exploring paths to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, improve food security and increase farm and rangeland productivity through the development of beneficial soil microbial community structures.