Gund Graduate Fellow, Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources

Josh is a PhD candidate at the Rubenstein School and a Gund Graduate Fellow, who uses interdisciplinary methods to study how natural resources are valued, and how those values are incorporated (or not incorporated!) into policy. His dissertation research centers on Vermont’s public and political debates over coyote management, and the role that stories play in communicating diverse values around wildlife. Josh is committed to returning concrete benefits to the communities he works with, and applies citizen science and environmental education approaches to conduct research that contributes to the public good. Before graduate school, Josh worked as a land steward at a small land trust in western Massachusetts. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the woods with his dog Pepper. 


Peer Reviewed (selected)

  • Morse, J.W., T. M. Gladkikh, D.M. Hackenburg, and R.K. Gould. 2020. COVID-19 and human-nature relationships: Vermonters' activities in nature and associated nonmaterial values during the pandemic. PLOS One. [public facing policy brief]
  • Gould, R.K., J.W. Morse, and A.B. Adams. 2019. Cultural ecosystem services and decision‐making: How researchers describe the applications of their work. People and Nature (online early view):
  • Morse, J.W., and S.G. Clark. 2019. Corridor of conflict: Learning to coexist with long distance mule deer migrations, Wyoming, United States. Chapter in: Human Wildlife Interactions: Turning Conflict into Coexistence. Ed: Frank, B., Glickman, J.A., and Marchinia, S. 
  • Adams, A., and J.W. Morse. 2018. Non-material matters: A call for integrated assessment of benefits from ecosystems in research and policy. Land Use Policy.

Popular (selected)

  • Morse, J.W. 2020. A Queer Hunter Reflects on Coming Out. Outside Online
  • J.W. Morse. 2019. Queer Taxonomy. Field Notes (Volume 31)
  • Morse, J.W. 2018. A Different Kind of Map: Social Science Reveals the Contours of Wildlife Migration’s Human Dimensions. Western Confluence.
  • Morse, J.W. 2018. Posted and Patrolled. Sage.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Ecosystem services, human dimensions of natural resources, community-engaged research


  • MS, Environmental Science, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • BA, Biology, Oberlin College