Hello, my name is Josh Gross, and I welcome you to my blog.
The most important thing for you to know about me is that I am not an expert on anything I write. If you disagree with something I say, please let me know. I only ask that you do so respectfully, since that is how I will treat you.
Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, I am an individual who admires the natural world. I have always loved learning about ecosystems and animals, and jaguars fascinate me the most. I also operate under the belief that it is possible for humans and large predators to coexist. It will not be an easy relationship, but the ones that are worthwhile rarely are.
Until recently I was living near Cleveland, Ohio. But I am now enrolled in the Environment and Community (E&C) program at Humboldt State University. I am hoping that this interdisciplinary Master’s program will help me learn how to promote big cat conservation by working directly with the people who live with them. I want to examine the psychological, social, cultural, and other factors that influence how they behave towards big cats. In addition, I want to practice conservation in a way that is empowering for the human communities who share space with them.