Becky Johnson

Protecting Precious Resources

Professor of Professional Practice, School of Geology, Energy & the Environment; Environmental Science Program Coordinator

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Becky Johnson has over 23 years of experience in domestic and international environmental management. Now, she uses that experience and her in-depth understanding of the industry to prepare students to apply their education in science to solve the real-world environmental problems facing us today.

Johnson has been enthralled with the outdoors from a very young age.

“My parents took me on my first campout when I was 5 weeks old. That sort of ignited my interest in the natural world, geology, and environmental science, back before I knew what those words meant.”

Since then, much of her work has been in soil and groundwater contamination and cleanup, and then that led her to preventative measures. She’s made a career of consulting on a wide variety of environmental projects, and she found early on that the teaching and training parts of her job were something she truly enjoyed.

“I’ve really enjoyed bringing the real-world professional aspects of how science is applied to the classroom,” she says. ”I feel like our students come out with a great traditional science background, but they also get that applied side. They get those real job skills that have made our students the more desirable students to hire in the industry.”

At TCU, Johnson serves as Coordinator for Resource Management and the Master of Environmental Management, and she is coordinator for the Environmental Science program. She is also the Principal Investigator for the Tarrant Regional Water District-Dallas Water Utilities Integrated Pipeline Project, focusing on the economics of water supply in north central Texas.

She hopes today’s students will be able to stop focusing on cleaning up messes and figure out ways to make sure they never happen again.

”What I hope for this next generation is that we’re not making those messes to start with now. We understand now to prevent that because we know it’s bad. And looking at how we can cut down on resource consumption. How do we save energy? How do we save water? How do we not consume those things necessarily? That’s really what I see our next generation moving into.”