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Joshua Royte

Senior Conservation Scientist, Maine


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Joshua Royte Joshua is a Senior Conservation Scientist for The Nature Conservancy in Maine. © Phoebe Parker

Areas of Expertise

Conservation planning; landscape, forest and river ecology; river restoration planning


Joshua Royte

Media Contact

Jeremy Cluchey
ph. 207-607-4843


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 an advisor to TNC Europe’s Freshwater program and the European Union AMBER and MERLIN projects.

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 southeast 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 master's from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Joshua previously directed the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Fox Island Environmental Education Center, was a planner for the National Capital Parks and Planning Commission and conducted resource inventories for Woodlot Alternatives, Inc.

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