Dr Paul Johnson studied for a BA in Archaeology at the University of Southampton, at which time he began his interest in archaeological geophysics, subsequently receiving an MA and PhD in Roman Archaeology from the same institution. During the course of these studies, in additition to working as a commerical archaeological geophysicist, he used geophysical survey and remote sensing as part of a number of projects at the Universities of Southampton and Cambridge, as well as for English Heritage, and the British School at Rome.

Since completing his doctorate, Paul has held a Marie Curie Fellowship focussing on the application of geophysical survey to Roman urban sites at the Universidade de Evora in Portugal, and was involved in helping develop a geophysical survey capacity within that institution. More recently, he spent c. 3 years working in the commercial sector as a Project Manager at Trent & Peak Archaeology, managing archaeological geophysics across the York Archaeological Trust.

Paul has published extensively on archaeological geophysics and the relationship between landscape and urbanism. He has taught archaeological geophysics at the University of Southampton and currently works in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield as an Archaeological Geomatician where, among other things, he contributes to the MA in Landscape Archaeology.