Meaghan Johnson has been named chief of resource management and science for National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, the National Park Service announced Thursday.
She was selected to serve as deputy chief of resource management and science in 2019 for Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial. She served as acting chief for four months earlier this year.
Johnson manages the natural and cultural resource and research programs for the five national park units on the coast: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Moores Creek National Battlefield and Wright Brothers National Memorial.
Johnson began her career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2002 as an intern for the Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges. After serving in multiple positions with the Nature Conservancy in the Florida Keys, she worked as a fisheries biologist at Dry Tortugas National Park.
Johnson is from Painesville, Ohio, and spent most of her childhood on the Great Lakes, where she enjoyed helping her family’s charter fishing business. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in coastal zone management from Nova Southeastern University.
Johnson enjoys spending time with her family near the ocean, fishing, boating, diving and hiking.