Personal Becomes Professional
Josh was in his second year at Guilford when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast.
“Kyle Dell worked with me and several other students to make an environmental history film about New Orleans,” Josh says. “Kyle encouraged us to dig deeply into a tragic and personal event in the real world. I was able to transform my curiosity and anger into a series of research projects that I’m still working on today, 12 years later.”
Josh’s day isn’t a typical day at the office. In fact, there’s no such thing as a typical day!
“On Monday, I might be bushwhacking through a patch of urban forest measuring tree diameters, and on Tuesday, I’m interviewing local fishermen about ecosystem restoration policies,” he says. “My mentors at Guilford taught me how to translate what I’m passionate about into the work I do day to day.”
Moving forward, Josh says he hopes to continue developing research projects on urban ecology, coastal land loss, and infrastructure policy.