Future Earth Global Hub Director, Colorado and Executive Editor of Anthropocene Innovation in the Human Age
Josh Tewksbury is Director of the Colorado Global Hub of Future Earth, Executive Editor of Anthropocene – Innovation in the Human Age, Research Professor in the Sustainability Innovation Lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Senior Scholar in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. In these capacities, Josh works with a globally-distributed executive team and a set of international sponsors in science and development to generate global sustainability science relevant to societies, connect research communities across disciplines and geographies, and help drive positive change in how international, interdisciplinary science engages with societal partners and stakeholders.
Prior to his current positions, Josh was the founding director of the Luc Hoffmann Institute, a collaborative research center embedded within the secretariat of WWF International. In that capacity, Joshua established the institute, initiated the Luc Hoffmann Fellows Program and launched over a dozen research projects. Previous to this position, Josh was the Maggie and Doug Walker Endowed Professor of Natural History at the University of Washington, with appointments both in the department of Biology and the College of the Environment. His research focused on the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, the potential of landscape connectivity to mitigate the impacts of climate change, and the impacts of species loss on ecosystem function.
Josh is an ecologist by training, he has published over 100 peer reviewed papers, many in top science journals (e.g. Nature, Science, PNAS), and he has worked both within and outside of academic institutions to build structures and processes that bring science together across disciplines and increase the impact of science on decision-making. Josh Received his BA from Prescott College (1992) and his PhD from the University of Montana (2000).