Dr. Erik JohansonErik Johanson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Email ejohanson@fau.edu
Phone (561) 297-4153
Office SE 473

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Ph.D. in Geography (University of Tennessee) 2016 
M.A. in Anthropology (University of Tennessee) 2011 
B.A. in Anthropology (University of Tennessee) 2008



Dr. Johanson studies human-environment interaction and environmental change across the Holocene. His interests center around how people shape their environments and respond to climate stress in the Neotropics. With a background in geography and anthropology, many of his studies look to the past to inform the present. Work includes pre- and post-maize agricultural fire histories, the timing and pathways for dissemination of key agricultural domesticates, societal response to climate stress events, tropical paleoecology, the development of paleoclimate records, and the impact and modeling of paleo flooding and sea level change. Dr. Johanson's Environmental Change Laboratory often collects and analyzes sediment cores from lakes and wetlands across the Neotropics.


Research Interests

  • Reconstructing past environments & environmental change
  • Human-environment interaction across the Holocene
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Modern pollen and vegetation composition as related to climate patterns
  • Coastal modeling of climate change scenarios and storm surge


Research Specializations

  • Palynology
  • Charcoal analysis
  • Stable light isotopes
  • Sediment analysis
  • Spatial modeling




MET 2010: Weather and Climate

EVR 4112: Natural Hazards, Climate, & Society

GEA 2000: World Geography



EVR 6931: Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction

GEO 6930: Past Landscapes and People