Associate Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Josh Gruver joined the faculty at Ball State University in
2010. His Ph.D. from Penn State University is in Forest Resources and the Human
Dimensions of Natural Resources. Josh’s area of specialization focuses on the
sociocultural, economic, and biophysical dimensions that inform the
human-natural resources dynamic. He is particularly interested in decision-making
processes among private forest landowners regarding succession planning, as
well as, their perceptions and attitudes towards forest parcelization and
conservation. His central goal as a scholar is to integrate knowledge produced
at the university with local knowledge and experience to co-create working
solutions toward natural resource related issues. Some of his recent work
focuses on exploring the motivations, perceptions, and regional contextual
factors that influence land and soil management decisions of small-scale
farmers in East Central Indiana.
Josh teaches Research Methods for graduate students in NREM.
He also teaches Forest Planning and Stewardship, Environment and Society,
Wilderness and Society, Human Dimensions of Wildfire Management, and the NREM
capstone course, Integrated Resource Management.