Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston
Job Title
Researcher Emeritus

Dr. Mark Johnston, Researcher Emeritus, has worked at SRC since 2001 in the areas of forest ecology and climate change and is one of SRC’s first Distinguished Scientists. He is internationally recognized for his expertise and contributions to the forestry sector. He helped lead a national study on the vulnerability of Canada’s forest sector to the impacts of climate change. He continues to work with the forest industry and government to assist them in understanding climate change impacts and how they can adapt.

Posts by this Author

src wetland project area in manitoba
June 03, 2020
written by Mark Johnston
The results are in for a three-year project to help forest managers estimate carbon storage in wetlands as part of their land management activities.
forest area in northern saskatchewan
January 28, 2020
written by Mark Johnston
Climate change is affecting Canada’s forests to a greater extent than other parts of the globe. A climate change vulnerability assessment is currently underway in Saskatchewan and Manitoba with the goal of identifying what climate change will look like in the boreal forest and how to reduce its impacts.
northern canadian boreal forest
April 20, 2018
written by Mark Johnston
There are many potential impacts that climate change may have on Canada’s boreal forest. Industry and government will need to prepare for a different forest environment, and develop adaptation strategies for dealing with the new conditions.
src is measuring the amount of carbon stored at this wetland area
September 26, 2017
written by Mark Johnston
Most people might be surprised to know that wetlands are hot spots of biodiversity in a forested landscape. They’re also a huge reservoir of carbon. And it’s important to conserve wetlands to maintain that carbon in the ground.
Boreal Wetland Complex (part of the project study area)
January 27, 2017
written by Mark Johnston
We know that wetlands, both in Canada and globally, store huge amounts of carbon. While we understand it’s important to store carbon, reduce CO2 emissions and mitigate climate change, we’re also aware that we need a greater understanding of how best to measure the carbon stored in wetlands.
leaning trees in an Alaskan forest
January 21, 2014
written by Mark Johnston
Canada’s massive expanse of boreal forest – three million square kilometers – is undergoing a serious transformation due to climate change. A group of Canadian forest scientists is investigating the impacts and published its findings.