College of Science

Department of Applied Environmental Science

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Faculty Profile

John Olson, Ph.D.

I study how rivers and lakes, and the organism that live in them, are influenced by their watersheds. I then work to develop ways to use this knowledge to improve freshwater health and management. Recent projects include modeling water chemistry to establish nutrient criteria nationwide, examining the effects of river restoration, and using environmental DNA and models to monitor and manage endangered species.

Title Assistant Professor
Phone 831-582-3873
Research Lab Watershed Environments and Ecology (WEE) Lab
Office Location Chapman Science Center (Building 53), Office S305
Office Hours Mondays 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Areas of Expertise Freshwater ecology, spatial analysis, water quality, biological assessment, and empirical modeling
Courses Taught ENVS 332: Intro Geographic Information Systems and GPS
BIO 448: Freshwater Ecology
ENVS 402/ENVS 410: Honors Capstone/Capstone seminar
ENVS 532: Advanced GIS & Spatial Analysis
ENVS 660: Professional Environmental Science