Manager, Metropolitan Biodiversity Program Center for Biodiversity and Conservation American Museum of Natural History
Elizabeth Johnson is the Manager of the Metropolitan Biodiversity Program at the American Museum of Natural History. Liz joined the Museum staff in 1997 and is responsible for applying the scientific expertise of the Museum to conservation issues region-wide. She is particularly interested in raising awareness of biodiversity in urban and suburban areas and has also focused attention on invertebrate conservation. Liz worked with colleagues from the Museum's Division of Invertebrate Zoology and the Central Park Conservancy to conduct a survey of the leaf-litter invertebrates in the Park's woodlands, which led to the discovery of a centipede species new to science. More recently, she and colleagues from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Greenbelt Native Plant Center have been studying New York City's native bee fauna, with the help of citizen science volunteers. She also coordinated a multi-year New York State Biodiversity Assessment Project working with key conservation partners and has worked to strengthen the use of biodiversity information in land use planning. Liz currently serves on the advisory board of the New Jersey Natural Areas Council and is president of the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education. Before coming to the Museum, Liz was Director of Science and Stewardship for The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey.