Joshua is a master’s student pursuing degrees in Forestry and Environmental
Management at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. There he works on using carbon offset mechanisms to preserve tropical forest while fostering support for markets to allow these mechanisms to function. During the summer of 2010 he worked at Cocha Cashu Biological Station, in Peru’s Manu National Park, collecting ground based tree-carbon data for a joint study being conducted by researchers from Wake Forest University and NASA’s JPL laboratory. Joshua spent May and June of summer 2011 interning with the Duke Forest and conducting field research for his master’s project. After completing his fieldwork, Joshua interned with Green Assets Inc., a forest carbon development company headquartered in Surf City, NC, where he helped develop current projects and generate reports summarizing the forest carbon protocols utilized by several respected carbon registries.
Prior to attending Duke, Joshua earned an undergraduate degree in physical
anthropology from the University of California Santa Barbara, with a focus on evolution and the relationship between humanity and the natural world. After graduating he spent a year traveling through the rainforests of Central and South America, culminating with a forestry internship at the Monte Verde Institute in Costa Rica. When Joshua returned to the United States he took a position as a Corporate Development Analyst at Sempra Energy in San Diego, California. While at Sempra his primary responsibilities were to conduct research on companies in many sectors of the energy industry and evaluate the feasibility of energy related technologies.
Joshua is a Cordon Bleu trained Chef and an avid scuba diver. After graduation he intends to work in the private sector to encourage the development of a robust market for forest carbon offsets and eventually hopes to establish his own international forest carbon development firm.