Teresa Johnson

Teresa Johnson joined the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences in 2008 and joined the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center in 2019. An applied social scientist with interdisciplinary training in the field of human ecology, Dr. Johnson is recognized as a leader in the study and practice of participatory approaches to science and management and social-ecological systems research. From 2009-2014, she led the Maine Tidal Power Initiative’s Human Dimensions research and stakeholder engagement activities with funding from what is now the George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and the Department of Energy. Most recently, from 2015-2019, she served as co-PI of the NSF EPSCoR Track I project known as the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET), where she also co-led the human dimensions research framework. Her current applied social science research projects focus on marine fisheries, aquaculture, and the resilience of Maine’s coastal communities. In addition to her research, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in marine policy. Dr. Johnson was a Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Faculty Fellow from 2016-2017.


Ph.D. Ecology & Evolution, Rutgers University, 2007

M.S. Marine Policy, University of Maine, 2001

A.B. Government, Biology, & Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College, 1997

Visit Dr. Johnson’s lab website for more information regarding her work.