Johnson, Jennifer Lee

Johnson, Jennifer Lee
University of Michigan

Jennifer Lee Johnson is a Ph.D student in the School of Natural Resources and Environment. She employs interdisciplinary theory and methodology from anthropology, political ecology, history and fisheries science to analyze the interconnections between ecological and socio-economic, political and cultural change in the Lake Victoria Basin in East Africa. Jennifer also conducts case study research on marine ecosystem-based management in the Wadden Sea in Northern Europe, the West Coast of the United States, the North American Great Lakes and on the East Coast of Africa. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Jennifer studied International Political Economy at the Colorado College and worked for the Marine Fish Conservation Network in Washington, DC. While obtaining her M.S., Jennifer worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab and the Blue Ocean Institute.

Jennifer is the founder and co-host of “It’s Hot in Here” on 88.3 WCBN-FM-Ann Arbor (, plays rock’n’roll cello with the Collective Moans, and tries to enjoy Michigan’s four seasons to the fullest.

Research Interests: 
Common-pool resources, fisheries, development, governance, environmental justice, ecosystem-based management, E. Africa