Ph.D. Graduate Student
Degree Major: Geography
Major Professor/Advisor(s): James Watson
Strand 348
Website: Steven Mana'oakamai Johnson

Research Interests

My research seeks to better understand how people interact with the ocean. In particular, I'm interested in the myriad ways people use and manage ocean resources and how those approaches vary across space and time.


M.S. Biology, University of Guam, 2017. Advisor: Dr. Peter Houk
Thesis: Marine protected areas as linked social-ecological systems: Yap, Micronesia.


Maynard, J. A., Johnson, S. M., Burdick, D. R., Jarrett, A., Gault, J., Idechong, J., Miller, R., Williams G. J., Heron, S. F., Raymundo, L. (2017). Coral reef resilience to climate change in Guam in 2016. NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program. NOAA Technical Memorandum CRCP 29, 51 pp.

Heron, S. F., Johnston, L., Liu, G., Geiger, E., Maynard, J. A., De La Cour, J., … Eakin, C. M. (2016). Validation of Reef-Scale Thermal Stress Satellite Products for Coral Bleaching Monitoring. Remote Sensing, 8(1), 59. http://doi.org/10.3390/rs8010059

Maynard, J. A., McKagan, S., Raymundo, L., Johnson, S., Ahmadia, G. N., Johnston, L., … Planes, S. (2015). Assessing relative resilience potential of coral reefs to inform management. Biological Conservation, 192, 109–119. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2015.09.001

Enochs I, Manzello D, Donham E, Kolodziej G, Okano R…Johnson S, et al. (2015) Shift from coral to macroalgae dominance on a volcanically acidified reef. Nature Climate Change: doi:10.1038/nclimate2758.

Houk P, Camacho R, Johnson S, McLean M, Maxin S, Anson J, et al. (2015) The Micronesia Challenge: Assessing the Relative Contribution of Stressors on Coral Reefs to Facilitate Science-to-Management Feedback. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0130823. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0130823

Castro, F., Heller, A., Johnson, S., Leberer, T., Macduff, S., McKagan, S., ... & Tomczuk, J. (2014). An Analysis of Issues Affecting the Management of Coral Reefs and the Associated Capacity Building Needs in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.