Jamaica Research

Dr. Matt Johnson


I began working in Jamaica in 1993, and I’ve maintained an interest in conservation ecology on the island ever since.

My dissertation research focused on habitat relationships of migratory warblers, and my family and I spent a fall semester there on sabbatical in 2005.

Later, my interests centered on the relationships between coffee farms, intact forest, and wildlife in Jamaica’s famed Blue Mountains – home to some of the finest coffee in the world, and also the Blue & John Crow Mts. Nat’l Park (below), a threatened forest park filled with beautiful wildlife species such as the Rufous-throated Solitaire (left). Many of these species are endemic, meaning they are found nowhere else in the world, such as the Blue Mountain Vireo (right).