W. Carter Johnson Papers

Carter Johnson at Sica Hollow State Park in South Dakota Missouri River Field Research Carter Johnson Doctorate Field Research Forest Understory, Warren Keammerer Tree Coring Missouri River Floodplain Itasca State Park Itasca State Park Bog D Larch Trees of Bog D, Itasca State Park Aerial view of Bog D North Dakota State University Ecology Class Itasca State Park Bog D Pitcher Plants and Sun Dews, Bog D Badlands National Park Badlands National Park Badlands National Park Badlands National Park Badlands National Park Badlands National Park Short Grass Plains Badlands National Park Sheyenne River North Dakota Geology Field Trip Devils Lake before Flooding North Dakota Farm Effects of Grazing Hummocky Ground, North Dakota Farm Road Cut Exposing Glacial Till Ancient Shoreline Marked by Exposed Rocks Glacial Till, Central North Dakota Glacial Till Exposed at Road Cut Rolling Field Bristlecone Pine Snow Covered Forest and Mountains Marty Burkel and Edmund Hubbard Sica Hollow State Park Nebraska and South Dakota James Peak, Colorado Alpine Tundra Plant (Erysimum nivale) Colorado Alpine Tundra Plant (Lloydia cerotina) Colorado Rockies Alpine Plant Colorado Rocky Mountains Alpine Plant (Geum Rossi) Colorado Rocky Mountains Strawberry Plant Colorado Rocky Mountains Meadow Plant, Colorado Rocky Mountains Parasitic Plant Forest of Colorado Rockies Cushion Plant, Alpine, Colorado Rockies Buttercup Alpine Colorado Rockies Meadow Plant Colorado Rocky Mountains Buttercup Through Snow, Rocky Mountain National Park Alpine Tundra near Niwot Ridge Colorado Rocky Mountains Black Sedge Alpine Colorado Rockies Doll's Eyes, Rocky Mountain Colorado Alpine Tundra Plant Rocky Mountain Colorado Alpine Tundra Colorado Rocky Mountains Niwot Ridge, Colorado Alpine, Rocky Mountains Sedge Hummocks Colorado Alpine Tundra Andrews Glacier and Lake Colorado Rocky Mountains Andrews Glacier Colorado Rocky Mountains Rocky Fell Field Mountains of Colorado Treeline Colorado Rocky Mountains Vegetation and Stream Colorado Rocky Mountains Rocky Fell Field Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies near Estes Park Treeline Central Colorado Rockies Alpine Tundra and Lake near Timberline Colorado Rockies Evergreen Forests in Colorado Rocky Mountains Landscape View of Colorado Rockies Flag-Form Trees Colorado Rockies Landscape View, Colorado Rockies Dr. Harold Lutz Lecturing University of Colorado Mountain Ecology Class Famous Alpine Ecologist John Marr Lecturing University of Colorado Dr. John Marr Lecturing to Alpine Ecology Class Dr. Paul Kilburn Summer Instructor of Mountain and Alpine Ecology Classes Campground near Estes Park, Colorado Andrews Glacier and Valley Rocky Mountains Colorado Reflective Tarn Downslope of Andrews Glacier Andrews Glacier White Flowers Arctic and Alpine Valuable Plant for Science Orchid Found in Evergreen Forests Colorado Rocky Mountains Primroses Meadows of Colorado Rocky Mountains Columbine, Colorado State Flower Over mature Columbine, Colorado State Flower Mountain Laurel Sunflower Relative Colorado Rocky Mountains Flag-Form Trees near Timberline Colorado Rockies Buttercups in Melting Snow, Colorado Cushion Plant, Colorado Alpine High Mountain Alpine Plant Old Man of the Mountain Sunflower (Hymenoxys Grandiflora) Alpine Willow Rocky Mountains of Colorado Dwarf Willow Alpine Colorado Rockies Alpine Plant Colorado Rockies Tiny Primrose Alpine Rocky Mountains Alpine Clover Colorado Rockies Forget-Me- Not Cushion Plant, Colorado Rockies Pika above Timberline Rocky Mountain National Park Barren, Rocky Slope Alpine Colorado Rockies Bristlecone Pine Krummholz on James Peak Colorado Bristlecone Pine near Timberline James Peak, Colorado Close-up of Bristlecones Pine Krummholz Bristlecone Pine Krummholz James Peak, Colorado Tree Line James Peak Colorado Bristlecone Pine Krummholz James Peak, Colorado Bristlecone Pine Krummholz James Peak, Colorado
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W. Carter Johnson Papers


  • 1847-2016, undated (Accumulation)


23.42 linear feet [19 record boxes, 1 document case, 2 oversize, flat boxes]

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Dr. W. Carter Johnson is Distinguished Professor of Ecology at South Dakota State University in Brookings. He received a B.S. in Biology from Augustana College in 1968 and a Ph. D. in Botany (Plant Ecology) from North Dakota State University in 1971. Johnson began his professional career as Research Associate and Research Staff Member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1971-77), followed by 12 years in the Department of Biology at Virginia Tech. In 1989 he became Head of the Department of Horticulture, Forestry, Landscape, and Parks at South Dakota State University, a position held until 1995. / His research interests include river regulation and riparian forest ecology, climate change and prairie wetlands, seed dispersal in fragmented landscapes, paleoecology (climate reconstruction using tree rings; Holocene seed dispersal and plant migration) and multifunctional agriculture and agroecological restoration. His research program is strongly multi-disciplinary and inter-institutional. Dr. Johnson has published approximately 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book chapters.

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This collection consists of correspondence, writings, maps, field notebooks, and research projects conducted by Dr. Carter Johnson during his academic career. A large number of photographs, slides, and digital images of Johnson's research, and include various plants and trees growing in various locations throughout the United States, primarily the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Badlands National park in western South Dakota, Itasca State Park in Minnesota, and North Dakota.

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Grass roots the Prairie Farm story, W. Carter Johnson, Tor Johnson, Peter Carrels, EcoSun Prairie Farms, Eco Sun Prairie Farms, Inc., c2011.
Call number: S451.S8 G72 2011 [Audio visual]

The EcoSun Prairie Farm: an experiment in bioenergy production, landscape restoration, and ecological sustainability. Cody J. Zilverberg, W. Carter Johnson, David W. Archer, Thomas M. Schumacher, Arvid A. Boe, College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, North Central Regional Sun Grant Center, EcoSun Prairie Farms, South Dakota State University, 2015.
Call number: S451.S8 Z54 2015 [Archives]

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Selected works of W. Carter Johnson. Open Prairie Institutional Repository, South Dakota State University, https://works.bepress.com/w-johnson/

W. Carter Johnson Papers, Digital Library of South Dakota, South Dakota State University.

The Mortenson ranch: cattle and trees at home on the range, a restoration guidebook, Susan E Boettcher; W. Carter Johnson; Scott Kronberg; F. Robert Gartner; South Dakota State University.; South Dakota State University. College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. Brookings, S.D. : South Dakota State University, 1998
Call number: S451.S8 B64 1998 [South Dakota Collection]

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