The Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences will on Nov. 6 present range scientist Dustin Johnson with its Award for Excellence in Extension Education.
The presentation will be during the college’s faculty and staff awards luncheon, which begins at noon Pacific at the Memorial Union Building Horizon Room on the OSU campus in Corvallis.
Johnson is based at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Burns. His expertise is in rangeland ecology and management, rangeland monitoring and invasive plant ecology and management, according to an OSU Extension news release. His primary applied research program centers on improving the efficiency and sustainability of ranchers industry in Eastern Oregon.
His efforts include training and assisting ranchers as well as public land management agency partners in developing and maintaining cooperative rangeland and grazing monitoring programs, engaging with diverse stakeholders to develop collaborative approaches to addressing complex natural resource and wildlife management issues, and developing science-based tools and strategies for functional restoration of rangelands and wetlands degraded by invasive plants, OSU Extension said.
Johnson has been with OSU Extension since July 2007. He is responsible for managing programs related to discovery and extension of science-based information related to agriculture and natural resources in Harney County. He also serves as co-county leader with OSU Extension, primarily providing budgetary oversight and program direction for the extension program in the county.
He previously worked for USDA Agricultural Research Service as a rangeland research technician and for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as a rangeland management specialist. He holds a master’s degree from OSU in rangeland ecology and management.