Joshua A. DrewAssistant Professor
332 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210
I am an aquatic conservation ecologist working at the intersection of human and natural systems, and draws from a variety of disciplines including community ecology, biogeography, political ecology and historical ecology. Much of my work takes place in the tropical Pacific, particularly in Fiji, but I also have projects throughout New York State.
During Dr. Drew’s Spring 2020 Senior Synthesis in Conservation Biology course, student’s were selected to be in groups based around the seven facets of conservation. These are biodiversity, transportation, food security, water resources, environmental justice, private and public land management, and energy. Each group was given the task to implement a successful conservation management plan for the Westcott area here in Syracuse, NY based off the groups facet. Below is a link to the energy consumption groups’ website. This website is a helpful guide created by the energy group to minimize your energy consumption and reduce environmental impact. You can find helpful tips and facts, as well as a home energy audit you can preform yourself to ensure you are doing your part to go green.
I am building a lab here at ESF and am looking to recruit students at the undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. level to work on multiple questions involving conservation biology. I have active research projects in New York and Fiji around which I hope interested students can develop their own research questions. Our lab uses a variety of techniques including collections based research, community interviews, fuzzy cognitive mental modeling and both aerial and underwater drones to understand how biodiversity and stakeholders' perceptions vary. Ultimately the goal is to provide research that can lead to tangible conservation outcomes.