(Johnson, Pieter - 2019) -- Hazel Barnes Prize uri icon



  • Noted in nomination materials as an advocate for student learning and an innovative researcher and science communicator, to the benefit of public knowledge, Johnson is a professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His areas of expertise include biological change, particularly disease emergence and species invasion, working among a variety of organisms including zooplankton, amphibians, fish, insects and humans.
    According to Johnson, who serves on the University Honors Council and co-directs the Honors Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, he has taught introductory biology to about 7,803 undergraduates. Within his lab, nearly all of his papers are published in collaboration with undergraduate or graduate students. Since arriving at CU Boulder, he has mentored 81 undergraduate or high-school students, of whom 71 percent were women and 18 percent came from underrepresented groups. Johnson also has advised 17 graduate students or postdoctoral researchers.
    Johnson has an extensive record of mentoring and advising students at the undergraduate through postdoctoral levels, as well as teaching experience, university and professional service, peer-reviewed publications and invited presentations.
    His research on the unexpected effects of the cat-borne parasite Toxoplasma gondii; community ecology and advancing the fight against infectious diseases; biodiversity as a protection against amphibian disease and more has caught the media and public’s attention.
    Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin.
    The prize, which will be presented at spring commencement, includes a $20,000 cash award and an engraved university medal.

year awarded

  • 2019