Getting to Know . . . Joshua Grace, Ph.D.
Range Resource Area Manager, AZ State Lands Department
Josh is from Paradise, TX, northwest of Dallas-Fort Worth. He grew up cutting and baling hay, fixing fence, and living the small-town life.
Josh has a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University, an M.S. in Wildlife Science from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. in invasive and exotic grasses, also from Texas A&M. Some of his research focused on the effects of varying site preparation techniques used in pine plantations on early successional wildlife habitat. Throughout his career, Josh has been provided with opportunities to connect with ranchers and developing knowledge of management-based range practices. Josh has been a wildlife biologist and a research specialist, and moved to Arizona in 2016 to be the southeastern Arizona Range Resource Area Manager for ASLD. In his new role in northern Arizona he will be based out of Lakeside, but will cover the same territory as Jackie did.
Josh has a wife and a 6-month-old daughter, and two dogs. They all enjoy being outdoors, and hope to take advantage of the many opportunities northern Arizona has for outdoor recreation. Josh is also an avid outdoor sportsman, and hopes to try his hand at fly fishing soon!
- Born in: Bad Kreuznach, Germany
- Childhood Hero: Ninja Turtles
- Current Hero: John Wayne (always will be)
- Contribution to the Flagstaff Community: I hope to serve as a good steward of the ASLD's land and natural resources and the State's ranching heritage in northeastern Arizona.
- Books You Recently Enjoyed: Game of Thrones
- Favorite Hobbies: Fishing
- Favorite Western: The Man From Snowy River
- Favorite Western-wear Item: My Anderson Bean boots
- Favorite Ranch Recipe: Any rice and beans will do!
- Currently Unrealized Life Dream: Own a lucrative t-shirt stand on a far-away beach
- Possible (or Actual) Ranch Nickname: Doc
- Favorite College Class: Introductory to Canoeing
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