Maggie Ernest Johnson, MEM
ADC30 Young Committee Member
Adaptation Program Manager
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Bio: Maggie Ernest Johnson is the Adaptation Program Manager for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and works across state fish and wildlife agencies to promote and implement the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. A key component of this is engaging in other sectors, such as transportation, to ensure that ecologically sustainable strategies are implemented into planning for a changing climate. Previously, Maggie worked at the conservation non-profit Wildlands Network where she focused on habitat connectivity, large landscape conservation planning, and road ecology. Maggie has conducted a geospatial prioritization for the North Carolina road network to identify road segments most in need of wildlife-friendly mitigation. This analysis has helped to target current research projects such as camera trap monitoring of a wildlife underpass and elk GPS tracking across major roadways. Maggie also co-convenes the multi-stakeholder Virginia Safe Wildlife Corridors Collaborative which works to protect people and wildlife by reducing animal-vehicle conflicts and improving safe wildlife passage across Virginia roads. Maggie received her Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University and her B.S. in Environmental Technology from North Carolina State University. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana. Maggie joined ADC30 in 2018 as a Young Member and looks forward to working with committee members to advance the application of science in the planning and management of transportation systems and to support efforts to engage in education and outreach to drive ecological principles into transportation planning, decision-making, and maintenance.