About the Author

I hate posing for pictures, hence why there are so few photos of me on this blog.

Hello, and thanks for stopping by my blog. My name is Josh, and I’m a “nature enthusiast” who loves to learn about wildlife. I’m also fascinated by psychology, and enjoy thinking about ways to use insights from the social sciences to further the cause of wildlife conservation. However, it has taken me many years to learn how to bridge these two interests.

In 2015, I was a master’s student in Cleveland State University’s mental health counseling program. I then became entangled in a project involving the historic range of jaguars in the United States, and suddenly remembered that my oldest passion was for wildlife.

I subsequently left my counseling program, started this blog, and earned a master’s degree from Humboldt State University that uses the social sciences to understand human communities’ relationships with the natural world. My research dealt with wildlife television, which I’ve summarized here.

My other hobbies include hiking, writing, making coffee, and identifying problems that I want other people to solve. My Facebook and Twitter profiles contain more information, as does my first blog post.

About this Blog

When The Jaguar and Allies first launched in 2015, it was all about big cats – especially jaguars. There were also a few posts about social psychology and the human dimensions of conservation.

Slowly but surely, I’ve expanded this blog’s focus. In the summer of 2017, I had an opportunity to participate in an archaeology field school in Belize, so archaeology entered the picture. 

Furthermore, there are many people who are working hard to lessen the impacts of the sixth mass extinction. These include conservation biologists, communications specialists, social scientists, artists, naturalists, outdoors enthusiasts, and more. These individuals and organizations all have important roles to play, and I try to recognize their efforts through Q&A’s, interviews, and the other posts in the “Ally Spotlight” category. 

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