19 January 2021
Intercropping for sustainability

Two-day Conference with AAB, DIVERSify and ReMIX at Reading University

6 September 2021
Organic World Congress 2021

New date! Postponed from September 2020

30 July 2020
ORC welcomes the National Food Strategy

The first major reviewof our food system in 75 years

24 July 2020
The future of organic farming and the environment

All to play for if full benefits of organic farming for wildlife, the environment and health are to be realised

29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

Dr. Marion Johnson

Job title

Principal Livestock Researcher

Contact details

Email prefix: marion.j (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44(0)1488 646247 - extn. 6247
Postal address: Trent Lodge,Stroud Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6JN

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Veterinary Parasitology ‘Lungworm Infection in farmed Red Deer’ University of Otago New Zealand
  • MSc Veterinary Parasitology Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Liverpool
  • BSc Environmental Biology (1st class Hons) Manchester University, Manchester
  • BSc Agricultural Science Massey University New Zealand

Main roles and responsibilities

Management, participation in and further development of the livestock programme at Elm farm

Research interests

  • Animal health with a focus on management, mixed pastures incorporating a range of species, browse and botanical health
  • One Health as a means of underpinning biodiversity conservation
  • Ethnoveterinary approaches and the adaptation of traditional medicines for the promotion of animal health and conservation of diversity
  • Agroecology

External activities

  • Steering group Organic Husbandry Alliance (IAHA) the animal husbandry subsidiary of IFOAM
  • Member of Roopu Matua (advisory group) for the Institute for Rongoa Maori
  • Mentor Moriori Ethnobotanical gardens

Selected publications

Journal publications

Moore A, Johnson M, Gbolagun J, Miller A, Rombouts A, van der Ven L, Lord J, Coutts S, Pagan M, Brent Hall G (2018) Integrating agroecology and sustainable tourism: applying geodesign to farm management in Aotearoa New Zealand Journal of Sustainable Tourism

Wall AJ, Asher GW, Netzer MS, Johnson MGH, O’Neill KT, Littlejohn RP, Cox N (2018) Farmed red deer home range, habitat use and daily movement patterns in a Southland, New Zealand, tussock grassland over calving and lactation Animal Production Science

Schmid O, Ghotge N, Johnson M, Atkinson C, Chander M, (Eds.) (2017) Role of Livestock in Sustainable Agriculture. Proceedings of the IAHA Pre-Conference on Animal Husbandry 6.-8. November 2017 at 19th Organic World Congress in India. International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements - Animal Husbandry Alliance (IFOAM-IAHA), Bonn and Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick

Johnson M, Moore A (2016) Parasites, Plants and People Trends in Parasitology 32 (6) 430-432

Other relevant publications

Johnson M, Perley C (Eds) (2016) He Ahuwhenua Taketake Indigenous Agroecology in Aotearoa New Zealand. Research report Nga Pae o te Maramatanga 374p

Johnson M (2015) Rongoa Pastures, Healthy Animals Resilient farms. Research report Nga Pae o te Maramatanga 27p

Johnson M (2015) Forages for Dairy Goat production. Research report MBIE Dairy Goat Supply Systems C10X1307-CR-1 90p