William P. Johnson received his B.A. in Geology from Whitman College in 1983, his M.S. in Geology from Dartmouth College in 1986, and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1993. After serving as a post-doctoral researcher in the Departments of Hydrology and Chemical Engineering at the University of Arizona, Dr. Johnson joined the faculty of the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Utah in 1995. He now holds the rank of Full Professor in the, and adjunct in .
Dr. Johnsonís research focuses on the physics and chemistry of natural water treatment by filtration in granular aquifers (groundwater). His research also examines the fate and transport of trace elements, and the partitioning behavior of organic compounds, in aquatic systems. He has been principal investigator on more than ten federally funded research grants (predominantly National Science Foundation), and has led five state-funded projects examining the fate and transport of selenium and mercury in the Great Salt Lake and surrounding wetlands. Dr. Johnson has produced eighty five peer reviewed publications in top-tier journals, with over 2100 citations of this work to date.
Dr. Johnson serves as reviewer for more than eighteen environmental science journals, and serves on the Advisory Board for Environmental Science & Technology Letters. He serves on multiple National Science Foundation panels, and the State of Utah Mercury Workgroup.