Working out of AES’ Chicagoland office, Ryan Johnson is primarily responsible for onsite work organization; ensuring project performance meets contract requirements. In this capacity, he supervises and schedules field crews, coordinates and communicates with clients, allocates and mobilizes equipment and complies with project and safety specifications.
Johnson’s restoration qualifications include applied experience in native plant installation and establishment; plant identification and nomenclature; invasive species control (mechanical/herbicide applications, selective brushing, prescribed burns); GPS operation/data collection; seed collection and cleaning; vegetative monitoring; and GIS analysis/remote sensing. He also performs ecological restorations in a variety of eco-types, including prairie, wetland, savanna, and woodland.
Additional experience includes working as a Restoration Intern for Boone County Conservation District in Illinois, instructing undergraduate students in environmental geography as a graduate teaching assistant and, as a graduate research assistant for the University of Iowa, conducting vegetative sampling and geolocation to support vegetation classification through hyperspectral aerial imagery as part of a National Science Foundation grant.