Justin Andrew Johnson

Assistant Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota

Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108


Research interests

Justin Andrew Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. He is a lead scientist at the Natural Capital Project, a partnership between the University of Minnesota, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, The Nature Conservancy, Stanford University, the Stockholm Resilience Center, and the World Wildlife Fund. He is an Affiliate at the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota and works frequently with their Knowledge Initiatives team. Justin is a former member of the Foley Lab and the (then) Polasky Lab. He obtained his PhD from Applied Economics in 2014, his bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College in 2005, and was a Fulbright Fellow 2006-2007.


Ph.D. Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, 2014

B.A. St. Olaf College, 2005

Dr. Justin Johnson's research focuses on how the economy affects the environment, and vice versa, on global to local scales. Specifically, he is an expert in modeling ecosystem services (how natural capital provides valuable services to humans) and integrating these models with general equilibrium economic models. To do this, Dr. Johnson writes open-source software (Python, R and C/C++) that uses very big data (>8 billion observations) with economic modeling and machine-learning techniques. See Justin's research page for details.