I am a conservation ecologist working at the intersection of human and natural systems. I will be starting a position as an assistant professor of vertebrate conservation biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry on August of 2019. I anticipate taking both masters as well as Ph.D. students for the 2019/2020 academic year so please reach out if you’re interested join the dynamic and exciting ESF community. I’ll have projects based in the Syracuse/Adirondacks area as well as continuing my work in the South Pacific

Here you can learn about current research in my lab, the classes I taught, and my former and current students. For my CV and lab contact information, please click here.

Dr. Joshua Drew, Ph.D.

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New Publications on Diversity

This Fall I’ve had two new papers come out. The first, with Katie Amatangelo, looks at how communities of reef fish shift as you move from really diverse areas, like Papua New Guinea, to less diverse areas like Samoa. It’s here in PLoS. The second paper with Melanie Stiassny and Corrie Moreau looks at how we can use digitization of museum collections to improve diversity in science. Thus, in one month I’ve published with an ichthyologist, a plant biogeographer and an ant evolutionary biologist. I am so lucky to have such great people in my professional circles.

Both of these papers were really nicely blended together in this post over at the PLoS Community Ecology blog

Fall Semester 2017

The fall semester is here and I couldn’t be more excited about my classes. This semester I’m teaching Ichthyology to undergraduates and graduate students (including those from within the department but also from Teacher’s College and CUNY). I’m also working with the incoming MA students through Thesis Development Seminar where we will work on grant writing and forming a literature review.

It’s been a productive summer with two papers submitted, two more getting finished and one paper coming out. The Pokemón community ecology paper is out! This paper started off as a lab assignment and grew into a short piece showing how one can use games to help students learn about difficult topics in ecology and evolution.


We are back from our summer trip to Fiji. This year we were looking at the various ways we can quantify the ecosystem services offered by healthy reefs. Our first project was looking at how anthropogenic impact along coastal sites impacts the resiliency of both men’s and women’s fishing. We did this by using a combination of methodologies from ethnographic research to stable isotope measures and we’re looking forward to seeing how the analyses develop. The second project was in conjunction with WWF’s Global Shark and Ray Initiative  and Barefoot Manta Island resort where we were looking at tourists willingness to pay for various conservation schemes for a community MPA.


My work on the historical ecology of 19th century American Whalers was covered in The AtlanticMental Floss and Hakai Magazine. I love the infographic the latter produced:

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