Andrea Johnson, Ph.D.

    Associate Director & Education Coordinator 
    Department of Natural Science 
    Phone: (410) 651- 8447


    • Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
    • M.S. in Marine Science, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL.
    • B.S. in Marine Science, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.


    • Assessing physiological responses of marine and estuarine fishes to environmental conditions using biomarkers of health
    • Determining the effects of hypoxia exposure on immunological, reproductive and endocrine functions of estuarine fishes
    • Understanding the life history of recreationally and commercially important marine and estuarine fishery resources to support fish stock assessments
    • Understanding the influence of long-term changes in ocean temperature on fish distribution and abundance


    • Johnson, A.K., Bediako, B. and E. Wirth (2011). Metal concentrations in monkfish, Lophius americanus from the northeastern United States. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 177:385-397

    • Johnson, A.K., Richards, R.A., Cullen, D.W. and S. J. Sutherland. (2008). Growth, reproduction and feeding of large monkfish Lophius americanus. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 65:1306-1315.

    • Johnson, A.K., Richards, A., Cullen, D.W., Nguluwe, B. and K. Lang. (2007). The biology of
      large monkfish, Lophius americanus. Proceedings of the International Conference for the
      Exploration of the Sea Annual Science Conference. ICES, 2007/k:11, 15pp.

    • Johnson, A.K., Law, J. M., Harms, C.A. and J. F. Levine (2007). Multi-tiered health assessment of Atlantic menhaden in the Pamlico River, North Carolina. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health. 19: 205-214.

    • Johnson, A.K., Harms, C.A., Levine, J.F. and J. McHugh Law. (2006). A quantitative real-time RT-PCR assay to measure TGF-β mRNA and its correlation with hematologic, plasma chemistry and organo-somatic indices responses in triamcinolone-treated Atlantic menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus. Developmental and Comparative Immunology. 30: 473-484.

    • Love, J.W., Johnson, A.K. and E.B. May (2006). Spatial and temporal differences of Atlantic Menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) recruitment across major drainages (1966-2004) of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Estuaries 29: 793-800.

    • Hood, P. and A.K. Johnson (2000). Age, growth, and the reproductive biology of red porgy
      (Pagrus pagrus) from the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Fishery Bulletin 98: 723-735.

    • Hood, P. and A.K. Johnson (1999). Age, growth, and reproductive biology of vermilion snapper
      (Rhomboplites aurorubens) from the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Fishery Bulletin 97: 828-

    • Johnson, A.K., Thomas, P. and R.R. Wilson, Jr. (1998). Seasonal cycles of gonadal development and plasma sex steroid levels in Epinephelus morio, a protogynous grouper in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of fish Biology 52: 502-518.

    • Hood, P. and A.K. Johnson (1997). A study of the age structure, growth, maturity schedules and fecundity of gray triggerfish (Balistes capriscus), red porgy (Pagrus pagrus), and vermilion snapper (Rhomboplites aurorubens) from the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. MARFIN Final Report. FO499-95-F.

    • Johnson, A.K. and P. Thomas (1995). Seasonal changes in gonadal histology and sex steroid hormone levels in the protogynous hermaphrodite, Epinephelus morioIn: Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Reproductive Physiology of Fish. F.W. Goetz and P. Thomas (eds.), pp. 234. The University of Texas at Austin, Printing Department, Austin, TX, USA.

    Professional Experience:

    • Associate Director & Education Coordinator, NSF CREST Centre for the Integrated Study of Coastal Ecosystem Processes and dynamics in the Mid – Atlantic Region, 2010 - Present
    • Research Assistant Professor in Biology and Environmental Sciences, Department of Natural ScienceGraduate Faculty of Marine – Estuarine – Environmental Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2004– till date.
    • Director Principal Investigator, Eastern Shore Restoration and Education Program, 2007 – 2008.
    • Marine Biologist, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Charleston, SC, 1996 – 1997.
    • Research Biologist, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, St. Petersburg, FL.

    Professional Affiliations:

    • American Fisheries Society (AFS)
    • Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
    • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
    • Sigma Xi Scientific Society

    Course List:

    • Undergraduate: Principles of Biology (BIOL 111), Undergraduate Research (BIOL 499), Independent Study (BIOL 498)
    • Graduate: Fish Immunology (MEES 688; co-taught), Fish Physiology (BIOL 688; co-taught) MEES Seminar: Current Topics in Fisheries (MEES 608N)
    • Guest Lecturer: Comparative and Molecular Endocrinology (MEES 698E; UMCES-IMET)

    Extension/Outreach Projects:

    • 2012:  Coordinator, science activities for middle and high school students from Prince George’s County public school district associated with the Suitland Technology Education Engagement Resource (STEER) Center.

    • 2011-present: NSF CREST Education Coordinator; Student Enrichment & Experiential Learning (SEEL) Program; Coastal Marine Sciences (CMARS) Workshop for middle and high school teachers.

    • 2011:  Guest speaker, Parkside High School National Science Honor Society and Mu
      Alpha Theta Society Induction Ceremony.

    • 2010-present:  Faculty advisor, Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).

    • 2008:  Service learning project with Stephen Decatur Middle School (400 8th graders).

    • 2007-2008:  Director, Eastern Shore Restoration & Education Program (ESREP; EPA funded).

    • 2006-2010:  Member, Upward Bound Marine Science Program.

    • 2005-2006:  Volunteer: National Aquarium in Baltimore ‘Beyond the Boardwalk’