Nia Johnson

Postdoctoral Researcher
Curriculum Vitae:
Teaching and Research Affiliations:

Northwestern University

Selected Professional Associations:


Research Interests:
  • Plant population and community dynamics
  • Ecological restoration
  • Syntheses and meta-analyses
  • Plant traits and adaptation
  • Species Interactions
  • Inclusive networks for scientific engagement

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher affiliated with the Synthesis Center for Conservation and Restoration (sCORE), where I collaborate within interdisciplinary teams to carry out projects focused on plant restoration. Our dual objectives include generating and assessing seedling trait data for plants designated for nationwide restoration efforts and compiling a comprehensive dataset on tallgrass prairie restoration outcomes to discern patterns. Additionally, my work involves exploring knowledge sources and systems pertaining to Black, Indigenous, Latina, and other People of Color in the restoration context, contributing to the development of an inclusive restoration network. My graduate studies centered around understanding the impacts of modern agricultural practices on current and future plant traits and species interactions in adjacent natural habitats.

Selected Publications:

N Johnson and RS Baucom. 2022. Dicamba drift alters plant-herbivore interactions at the agro-ecological interface. Ecosphere. 
13(11): e4274. doi:

N Johnson, S Johnson, G Zhang, A Soble, and RS Baucom. 2022. The consequences of synthetic auxin herbicide on plant-herbivore interactions. Trends in Plant Science. doi: