Chris E. Johnson
Director - Honors Program
Professor Johnson holds B.S. (Civil Engineering), M.S. (Statistics), and Ph.D. (Geology) degrees, all from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi, and was a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic in 1994.
He has served as a visiting faculty member at Charles University in Prague and Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Johnson is currently interim chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University and is the director of the environmental engineering program. He teaches courses in environmental chemistry, soil chemistry, data analysis, and surveying. In the Honors Program, he teaches “Water for Gotham,” a course on the New York City water supply system, and “The Aqueducts of Ancient Rome.”
Professor Johnson is involved in a number of research projects in the broad area of environmental chemistry, including work in the fate of trace metals (Pb, Zn, Cu, NI) in forest soils and landscapes; the effects of clear-cut logging on soils and drainage waters; and the changing acid-base chemistry of soils historically affected by acid rain. He is also actively involved in research on the chemistry of natural organic matter, which plays an important role in soil fertility, trace metal transport, and the acid-base status of soils and natural waters. He is particularly interested in the characterization of organic matter using advanced analytical tools such as nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, liquid chromatography, and capillary electrophoresis.