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Joshua B. Johnson


Josh Johnson was hired as the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s wildlife biometrician in 2011. His responsibilities include conducting annual Game Take and Furtaker surveys, and providing statistical consultation and study design advice to PGC biologists.


Josh received his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Resources from West Virginia University. He earned his Master of Science in Wildlife Resources from West Virginia University while studying gray bat ecology in Georgia. He researched effects of prescribed fire on bat roosting ecology to receive his Ph.D. in Forest Resources Science at West Virginia University while minoring in Applied Statistics.


Early in his career, Josh was a wildlife technician on various research projects focusing on bats, ruffed grouse, and white-tailed deer in the eastern U.S. He also worked as a faculty research assistant at the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, Maryland, studying bat distributions and ecology for private and public entities. Josh has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles, and presented his research at numerous regional and international wildlife conferences.


Josh is a Certified Wildlife Biologist through The Wildlife Society, where he’s been a member since 1997. He is also a member of the American Statistical Association.


Born and raised in rural Maryland, Josh enjoys hunting and fishing.