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Joshua Royte

Senior Conservation Scientist, Maine


  • Areas of Expertise

    Conservation planning, landscape ecology, forest ecology, restoration


Joshua Royte is a landscape ecologist bringing the science of large forested landscapes and river networks to planning our strategies, monitoring impacts, and identifying priorities for conservation and restoration. His work includes facilitating a diversity of partnerships involved with planning and implementing conservation actions at scales ranging from broad ecoregions to specific sites.

Joshua has led the work to restore Maine river connectivity, opening some of the region's best habitat to native fish and other wildlife. His expertise also helps guide and promote river restoration globally as part of the World Fish Migration Foundation’s steering committee and as an advisor to the European Union’s AMBER International Project.

He co-authored the book From Sea to Source 2.0, describing why fish migrate, the impact of stream barriers, examples and techniques on how to fix them, and how to build greater awareness in society.

A large portion of Joshua’s time is dedicated to helping TNC’s Europe Program to develop their efforts to protect and restore rivers, with an emphasis on the western Balkans in South East Europe.

“What we’ve developed in Maine around such amazing natural resources has relevance all around the planet. To ensure healthy ecosystems persist through all the current and future planetary changes, we need to be smarter about how we treat the planet and where to focus limited resources to the best effect.”

Joshua has been focused on a healthier natural environment for the past three decades. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bard College and a masters from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Joshua previously directed The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Fox Island Center, was a planner for the National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, and conducted resource inventories for Woodlot Alternatives, Inc.

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Twardek, W.M., Wanningen, H., Fernández Garrido, P., Brink, K., Royte, J., Berkhuysen, A., Geenen, B., and Cooke, S.J. In press, 2020. World Fish Migration Day connects fish, rivers, and people – from a one day event to a broader social movement. Fisheries Magazine 00: 000-000

Brink, K. P. Gough, J. Royte, P. P. Schollema and H. Wanningen 2018. From Sea to Source 2.0. Protection and restoration of fish migration in rivers worldwide. World Fish Migration Foundation.

Opperman, J. J., J. Royte, J. Banks, L. Rose Day and C. Apse. 2011. The Penobscot River, Maine, USA: a Basin-Scale Approach to Balancing Power Generation and Ecosystem Restoration. Ecology and Society 16 (3): 7. [online]

Cogbill, C. and J. L. Royte 2001.  Determining Spatial Landscape Patterns and Disturbance Regimes from Historical Records, The Nature Conservancy’s Upper St. John River Lands, Northwest Maine, USA.  Proceedings of the Forest Ecology Information Exchange: Forestry Stucture, a Multi-layer Conversation. October 25, 2001. Orono, Maine.

Royte, J.L. and J.P. Lortie.  2000. New occurrences of Scirpus ancistrochaetus in New Hampshire. Rhodora, v.102 (910): 210-213.

Royte, J. L., D. D. Sperduto, and J. P. Lortie. 1996. Botanical reconnaissance of Nancy Brook Research Natural Area. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-216. Radnor, PA: U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 23 p. 4Mb

Hill, J. M., J. L. Royte, and J. M. Swearingen. 1990. A Permanent plot system for natural resources management decisions in a rapidly urbanizing county. State-of-the-Art Methodology of Forest Inventory. USDA Forest Service, General Technical Report PNW-GTR-263.

Berlyn, G. P., J. L. Royte and A. O. Anoruo. 1990. Cytophotometric separation of high elevation spruces: Physiological and ecological implications. Stain Technology Vol.65(1-13).

Berlyn, G. P., J. L. Royte and A. O. Anoruo. 1989. Genetic characterization of high elevation spruce of the northeastern United States. In Adams, M.B. and C. Eager (eds.) Air and Winter Injury of Red Spruce.

Royte, J. R., L. Brako, and R. C. Harris  1985. Two crustose lichen new to North America. Evansia. Vol.2 (1).