Professor Terry Johnson opens new chapter

Photo: Deborah Mercy

Marine Advisory agent Terry Johnson (right) is on to new adventures after closing out more than a quarter century of service to Alaska. After 26 years on the University of Alaska Fairbanks faculty, and a core player at Alaska Sea Grant, Johnson retired in December 2017. He leaves behind a strong legacy of writing, editing and sharing his expertise in climate change, fisheries, marine recreation, tourism, seafood marketing and vessel operations and maintenance.

As is tradition for departing faculty and staff, the Alaska Sea Grant family honored Johnson when they gathered for their annual meeting and potluck dinner in November.

“Terry has been a prolific writer and public speaker as a Marine Advisory agent,” said Paula Cullenberg, director of Alaska Sea Grant. “His depth of knowledge on many coastal subjects in Alaska is vast and well researched. He specializes in taking technical information and making it understandable to a wide range of Alaskans. His writing has left a substantial mark on our program.”

Johnson has authored 35 publications for Alaska Sea Grant, including books, how-to bulletins, posters, brochures, websites, and newsletters to assist Alaska commercial and recreational fishermen.

Johnson served as an extension agent for fishermen and other marine resource users in Dillingham, Homer and Anchorage. He taught workshops on numerous topics, such as how to make boats more energy efficient, and how to operate boats as safely as possible. Johnson said he plans to spend more time with his family as he continues to pursue his passion for writing and helping scientists communicate their work with the public.

Alaska Sea Grant congratulates Johnson on his tenure at UAF and wishes him the best going forward. Read a profile of Johnson by Paula Dobbyn.