Paul Johnson

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • Dean, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering
Arizona State University
PO Box 879309
Tempe, AZ 85287-9309


Dr. Johnson is a Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment and is also the Dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Prior to becoming Dean in 2011, he served as Executive Dean (2006 - 2011) of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the Associate Vice President for Research for Arizona State University (2004-2006), and the Associate Dean for Research for of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (2002-2004). Before joining ASU in 1994, he was a Senior Research Engineer at the Shell Oil/Shell Chemical Westhollow Technology Center. His teaching, research, and professional activities focus on the application of contaminant fate and transport fundamentals to subsurface soil and groundwater remediation and risk assessment problems. Dr. Johnson is also the editor-in-chief for the National Ground Water Association's journal Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation.


contaminants; contaminate migration; soil remediation; groundwater remediation; risk assessment; environmental engineering


PhD, Princeton University, 1987

MA, Princeton University, 1984

BS, University of California - Davis, 1983

Journal Articles


Ekre, R., P. C. Johnson, B. E. Rittmann and R. Krajmalnik-Brown. 2014. Method for assessing source zone natural depletion at chlorinated aliphatic spill sites. Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation 34(2):60-70. DOI: 10.1111/gwmr.12049. (link)


Johnson, P. C., O. Revis and J. C. Johnson. 2011. Chemical prey cues influence urban microhabitat preferences of Western black widow spiders, Latrodectus hesperus. Journal of Arachnology 39:449-453. DOI: (link)


Beaulieu, J. J., J. L. Tank, S. K. Hamilton, W. M. Wollheim, R. O. Hall Jr, P. J. Mulholland, B. J. Peterson, L. R. Ashkenas, L. W. Cooper, C. N. Dahm, W. K. Dodds, N. B. Grimm, S. L. Johnson, W. H. McDowell, G. C. Poole, H. M. Valett, C. P. Arango, M. J. Bernot, A. J. Burgin, C. L. Crenshaw, A. M. Helton, P. C. Johnson, J. M. O Brien, J. D. Potter, R. W. Shiebley III, D. J. Sobota and S. M. Thomas. 2010. Nitrous oxide emission from denitrification in stream and river networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 108(1):214-219. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1011464108. (link)

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Book Chapters


Jenerette, G. D. and J. Wu. 2010. Quantitative measures and ecological hierarchy. Pp. 75-95 In: Kapustka, L., W. Landis and P. C. Johnson eds., Environmental Risk Assessment and Management from a Landscape Perspective. John Wiley & Sons.



Xu, Y., L. A. Baker and P. C. Johnson. 2000. Groundwater nitrate accumulation in an arid agro-urban ecosystem, Phoenix, Arizona. 30 May, American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Conference Papers


Toke, N. A., P. C. Johnson and K. C. Nelson. 2010. Earthquakes, cities and lifelines: Lessons integrating tectonics, society and engineering in middle school earth science. Presentation at the December 13-17 at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Fransicso,.