Andrew F. Johnson

Postdoctoral Researcher, Scripps Institute of Oceanography

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Marine Biology Research Division and the Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. My work here at Scripps focuses on small scale fisheries in the Gulf of California in collaboration with the Gulf of California Marine Program. I’m interested in integrating fisheries ecology, economics and social science to better understand how fish populations, seafood markets and fishers behavior. Good communication is one of my primary goals as I believe if something cannot be understood by a wide audience then it is too often wasted. I also believe that solutions to problems and beneficial societal change will ultimately come through better education. For this reason, I spend my time undertaking peer-review science and writing public media content. I have been fortunate enough to work with many different fisheries in Europe, Central and South America, and Southeast Asia and I am keen to explore and learn more all the time.

Keywords: marine fisheries / protected areas / management / population dynamics / ecology / fishery effects / bycatch / negotiation / mulitnational / economics / projections/ publication / gear selectivity

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Featured publication:

Poor fisheries struggle with U.S. import rule

Johnson, A.F., Caillat, M., Verutes, G.M., Peter, C., Junchompoo, C., Long, V., Ponnampalam, S., Lewison, R., Hines, E.M.

Science, 1031.

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  • 2013

    Marine Ecology (Determining the habitat requirements of demersal fish for the design of MPAs) PhD

    School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, UK

  • 2012

    Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

    Higher Education Academy, London, UK

  • 2006

    Marine Biology (+ commercial diving certification (HSE IV)) BSc (Hons) 1.1

    2006 - Marine Sciences Institute, University of Plymouth, UK


*denotes student supervision / collaboration

Fisheries Ecology

  • Biogeography, energetics + anthropogenic factors that influence fish communities at oceanic islands (Juan Pablo Quimbayo* + Sergio Floeter et al.) – in Preparation – Global Ecology + Biogeography (exp. 10/17)
  • Disease ecology of a brown crab (Cancer pagurus) population in a temperate marine protected area (Charlotte Davies* + Andrew Rowley et al.) – in Submission – Marine Ecology Progress Series
  • Disease thresholds in the Chesapeake Bay crab fishery (Eric Schott + Emily Flowers*) – in Preparation – Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (exp. 7/17)
  • Examining fish size spectra using hydroacoustics (Jack Egerton* + John Turner et al.) – in Preparation – ICES Journal of Marine Science (exp. 10/17) Seafish UK)
  • Monitoring fish spawning activity using molecular identification of eggs and larvae (Ana Luisa Ahern* + Ron Burton et al.) – In Preparation - Marine Ecology Progress Series (exp. 8/17)
  • Using hydroacoustics to evaluate coastal marine protected areas (Jack Egerton* + Octavio Aburto et al.) – in Submission – Scientific Reports

Fisheries Economics

  • California + Mexico’s shared ecosystems – new losses in the era of Trump (Octavio Aburto + Ed Taylor) – in Preparation – Science (exp. 6/17)
  • Conflicts + economics - The Upper Gulf of California (Catalina Lopez Sagastegui + Kipp Searles* et al.) – In Preparation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (exp. 9/17)
  • Ecotourism – a viable alternative livelihood option for small-scale fishers? (Amanda Townsell* + Matilde Cordoba) – in Preparation – Journal of Ecotourism (exp. 9/17)
  • Fisheries gear changes – economic analyses and considerations (Stephen Stohs + Dale Squires + Seafish UK)
  • Intersections between science and religion for global conservation targets (Octavio Aburto + Jason Murray) – in Preparation – Ecology and Society (exp. 6/17)
  • Mapping Ocean Wealth – The Nature Conservancy (Philine Zu ermgassen + Mark Spalding et al.)
  • Mexico-California bi-national initiative: kelp forest ecosystems and fisheries (Arturo Ramirez* + Octavio Aburto et al.)

Small Scale Fisheries

  • Catching the right fish: A toolbox to reduce marine mammal bycatch risk assessment in developing countries (Ellen Hines + Rebecca Lewison et al.)
  • Changing paradigms in Small Scale Fisheries management (Alfredo Giron-Nava* + Octavio Aburto)
  • Fisheries Net – A solution to tracking small scale fishing fleets (Timothy Rowell + Vicente Obregon et al.)
  • Global synthesis of Small Scale Fisheries – Too Big To Ignore (Ratana Chuenpagdee + Rodolphe Devillers et al.)
  • Shark fisheries in Peru – ProDelphinus (Joanna Alfaro + Jeff Mangel)

Climate + Fisheries

  • Climate change and fish nursery habitats (Leticia Cavole* + Octavio Aburto)
  • Fish habitat, climate, recruitment and economy (Octavio Aburto + Alfredo Giron-Nava et al.) – in Preparation – Ecology Letters (exp. 8/17)
  • Resilience and adaptive capacity in Small-Scale Fishing communities – National Science Foundation (Heather Leslie, Maja Schlüter, Xavier Basurto et al.)

Words, Critique + Evaluation

  • Concepts and ecology (Susanna Lidström) – in Revision – Trends in Ecology + Evolution
  • Ecology, economy and social well-being in fisheries (Andres Cisneros-Montemayor + Octavio Aburto et al.) – in Revision – Fish and Fisheries (exp. 7/17)
  • Environmental narratives and visualization for science communication (Marcia Moreno-Báez + Octavio Aburto et al.) – in Preparation – Environmental communication
  • Successful fishing – A cooperative approach (Juan Jose Cota-Nieto* + Nina Rosen* et al.) in Revision – Regional Studies in Marine Science (exp. 7/17)


  • Developing a coral reef monitoring network (Jeremy Jackson + Octavio Aburto et al.)
  • Non-linear approaches in food web ecology (Chase James* + George Sugihara et al.)
  • Pinboat – counting the world’s fishing fleets (Octavio Aburto + Astrid Hsu et al.)
  • Pristine Seas - National Geographic – Las Islas Revillagigedos (Enric Sala + Alan Friedlander et al.)


    Andrew Frederick Johnson
  • Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Scripps Institute of Oceanography 
  • University of California San Diego
  • 9500 Gilman Drive
  • La Jolla, CA 92093-0206