About The Author


Murray Johnson studied Fisheries and Wildlife Management at the Ontario Agricultural College. He earned a Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Toronto with studies on the Bay of Quinte in eastern Lake Ontario. MJ’s working career began with the Conservation Authorities Branch (Ontario) in planning and extension. He joined the staff of the Ontario Water Resources Commission to carry out research on water quality issues. This was followed by two years teaching limnology at the University of Guelph. He moved to the Canada Center for Inland Waters on Lake Ontario as Director of the Great Lakes Biolimnology Laboratory. His research and many scientific publications focused on issues in eutrophication, fisheries, and acid precipitation. During those 17 years with the federal government there were many challenging assignments including: Canadian Co-chair of the Pollution from Land Use Activities Reference Group reporting to the International Joint Commission (IJC); member of IJC’s Research Advisory Board; Commissioner of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission; Director General (Ontario Region), Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO); board member of the International Association for Great Lakes Research. Following retirement he worked on contract for DFO mainly on reviews of Remedial Action Plans for Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes (designated under the Water Quality Agreement). MJ owned and operated a farm near the shores of Georgian Bay, and he now resides in Thornbury, Ontario.