Brittany Johnson is a soil scientist and plant ecologist interested in the interactions between climate and ecosystem function. Changes in climate, natural disturbance regimes and human activity drive geologically rapid shifts in the distribution of vegetation and soil nutrient cycling. As climate change alters the physiognomy of landscapes, it is vital to explore the dynamics between soil, plants, organisms, and the atmosphere. Understanding these relationships increases our ability to explain and predict the consequences of ecosystem modification and to develop effective, sustainable land management and mitigation strategies. Brittany's research goals include improving our knowledge of the effects of a changing climate on the spatial and temporal responses of plant-soil biogeochemical cycles and forest ecohydrology.