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Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Shelly A. Johnson

POSITION: State Specialized Agent in Natural Resources, UF/ IFAS Extension

APPOINTMENT:  Extension 100%

Curriculum Vitae

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PO Box 110485
UF Campus Bldg. 106
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352.294.0757


  • PHD, University of Florida, 2015, Forest Resources/Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
  • MS, Northern Arizona University, 2008, Forest Wildlife Ecology
  • BS, University of Idaho, 1998, Wildlife Resources


  • State Specialized Agent, Natural Resources UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL
  • Biological Scientist II, Research & Extension, UF NFREC, Quincy, FL
  • Bat Biologist, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Lander, WY
  • Biodiversity Research Officer, Society for Environmental Exploration, Madagascar
  • Graduate Research Assistant (bats), NIFA McIntire-Stennis, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Biological Science Technician (songbirds), U.S. Geological Survey, Tucson, AZ
  • Raptor Migration Bander, HawkWatch International, Manzano Mtns, NM
  • Spotted Owl Research Specialist, University of Minnesota, El Dorado, CA
  • Harpy Eagle Reintroduction, The Peregrine Fund, Las Cuevas, Belize
  • Macaw Project Assistant, Duke University, Tambopata Research Center, Peru
  • Veterinary Technician, Mobile Veterinary Services, Austin, TX
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc., Boerne, TX

EXTENSION PROGRAMS (current, unless otherwise noted)


  • Evaluation of ecosystem services and social value of wildlife. (Video
  • Bat conservation, education, and habitat management. (Video)
  • Applied research and monitoring of terrestrial vertebrates in a variety of landscapes, using hands-on field and spatial techniques, and bioblitz coordination.
  • Environmental education and outreach aimed at attitude and behavior change towards wildlife and habitat conservation in youth and adults.
  • Building capacity to empower individuals in successfully communicating science-based information on natural resource issues.
  • Mentoring in wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, and management of wildlife in conflict.
  • Creating collaborations among UF researchers and external partners to benefit from community (“citizen”) science volunteers and centralize program coordination.
  • Training and support for Extension faculty (county/regional agents and state specialists) in wildlife ecology and natural resources.


I am joint faculty in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and maintain approved graduate faculty status with The UF Graduate School.  Since 2017, I have mentored 7 undergraduate and 3 graduate students from numerous UF departments in various aspects of Extension as part of the federal-work study program, as student program assistants, and through the IFAS Extension Internship program. .  I am currently on 2 graduate student committees (1 MS in School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatic Sciences, and 1 PhD in the School of Natural Resources and Environment). I am available to serve as co-chair or member on graduate student supervisory committees.


  • Florida Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals – NE District Director
  • Florida Bat Working Group – Board of Directors
  • UF/IFAS Extension Roadmap Initiative III (Natural Resources) Leadership Team – Co-Chair
  • National Association of Interpretation – Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG)


  • Gupta A, Meyer N, Prysby M, Johnson SA, Overholt GE. Submitted. Designing Social-Ecological Programs to Support Extension Participants in Civic Engagement. Journal of Extension.
  • Ober HK, Jones GM, Gottlieb IGW, Johnson SA, Smith L, Brosi B, Fletcher Jr. JW. 2020. Bat community response to intensification of biomass production for bioenergy across the southeastern United States. Ecological Applications 30(7): e02155. (
  • Main MB, Ober HK, Johnson SA. 2020. Resilient structure of nature‐based extension programs facilitates transition to online delivery and maintains participant satisfaction. Ecology and Evolution 10(22):12508-12514. (
  • Johnson SA, Ober HK, Adams DC. 2017. Are keystone species effective umbrellas for habitat conservation? A spatially explicit approach. Journal for Nature Conservation 37:47-55. (
  • Johnson SA, Chambers CL. 2017. Effects of ponderosa pine forest restoration on habitat for bats. Western North American Naturalist 77(3). (