Joshua A. Drew | Environmental Biology | SUNY-ESF
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Joshua A. DrewAssistant Professor

Joshua Drew

343 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

Research Interests

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. For more information see the lab website

Student Projects

As part of his Anthropocene Conservation class, Drew Lab studetns Kate Henderson and Megan Hazlett along with EB grad student IIlana Zeitzer published a paper called "The Geography of Publishing in the Anthropocene" in the jouranl Conservation Science and Practice. This class project started by thinking about the inequties exacerbated by the Anthropocene, particularly the dichotomy between the Global North and the Global South. The students analyzed over 70 articles that looked at field based ecology and conservation biology projects and found that those that explicitly considerd the Anthropocene were more connected, had more systems thinking and had a greater partiicipation of researchers from the Global South. 

The lab

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.