AMY E.M. JOHNSON, PhD, Program Director

As Program Director, Amy leads a team that cultivates a dynamic network of private landowners, citizen scientists, NGO’s, state agencies and research scientists to collectively investigate the impacts of conservation management and land use on biodiversity. In addition to research, she is committed to developing a strong outreach program that communicates research findings to inform best management practices for regional conservation partners and the community.

A former Smithsonian-Mason Research Fellow, Amy’s Ph.D. research focused on the impacts of conservation and land management on breeding and over-wintering grassland bird communities in Virginia. In her role as Program Director, she continues to explore knowledge gaps pertaining to grassland bird ecology by facilitating collaborative conservation and research efforts with Smithsonian scientists and local partners. Her current research projects focus on full annual cycle modeling of grassland birds and exploring best management practices for optimizing reproductive success in species that nest in working grasslands.

Amy received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University.

CHARLOTTE LORICK, Program Coordinator

Charlotte’s manages relationships and serves as a key liaison with VWL’s dynamic network of citizen scientists, landowners, collaborating organizations (including state agencies and NGOs) and the public. Her focus is to promote VWL’s program mission on multiple platforms, diversify the program’s audiences, expand its reach and share the progress and results of VWL’s research with a wide community to inspire conservation action. To accomplish this, she designs all graphics and outreach materials, develops the VWL website, creates content that summarizes the program’s research for a diverse audience, recruits new landowners and citizen scientists to participate in biodiversity surveys, and organizes events, talks and workshops to engage the local community.

Charlotte earned her undergraduate degree at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York with a focus in political economics and sustainable agriculture. Her interest in agriculture and relationship building led her to the Smithsonian where she enjoys connecting the scientific community with the general public. She is an outdoor enthusiast and naturalist, and her long-term interest has been in understanding how humans interact with the natural world and how to promote sustainable, regenerative interactions, particularly on working lands.

JOSEPH M. GUTHRIE, Survey Coordinator

As survey coordinator, Joe is a liaison for VWL’s network of private landowners, citizen scientists, and research collaborators.  

His work prior to joining VWL includes co-founding the Florida Wildlife Corridor project, a stint working for the National Wildlife Refuge Association, and most recently, as Conservation Biologist staff for the Charlottesville-based landscape design firm, Nelson Byrd Woltz.

Joe earned his master’s degree at the University of Kentucky, completing a thesis based on his work GPS-tracking the Florida black bear across the ranchlands and swamp forests of South-Central Florida. Beginning with his masters research, Joe has devoted his attention to understanding the role private, working farms and ranches play in protecting biodiversity across the Southeastern United States. Joe is a native of Henry County, Kentucky, and now lives in Washington, Virginia.


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Jordan focuses on native plant communities and our native meadow experimental project.


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