Joshua is the founding director of the Luc Hoffmann Institute, at WWF International. The Luc Hoffmann Insttute is focused on bringing mult-disciplinary conservation science to bear on the toughtest conservation problems. He also holds the Walker Endowed Chair of Natural History in both the department of biology and the College of the Environment at the University of Washington in the United States.
While a professor at the University of Washington, Joshua led multiple research programs on a wide range of conservation topics. His active research includes research focused on the ecological impacts of climate change on tropical and temperate communities, the importance of connectivity as a conservation strategy to mitigate impacts of habitat fragmentation and climate change, and to the impacts of species loss from ecosystems on long-term ecosystem dynamics. His work includes multiple international field programs, a strong dose of natural history, and collaborations at local, regional, and global scales. To date, Joshua has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed publications and his work has appeared in top journals such as Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has been featured by a broad range of international news organizations.
While at the University of Washington, Josh also played a central role in the creation of a new College of the Environment, and in building collaborations among diverse colleagues and disciplines, across geographies, and between academics and decision‑makers.
Joshua’s current research interests include studies of direct and indirect effects of climate change on food security at large spatial scales, the impacts of land conversation on landscape level ecosystem services, and the potential of large-scale restoration to serve multiple human and biodiversity goals.
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