Joshua has been passionate about ecology since he was a child, and he says WPI’s supportive, accepting environment allowed him to dive headfirst into this field through research and project work.
Through three undergraduate research projects––including two with Professor Marja Bakermans on the habitats of songbirds, and one with Professor Lauren Mathews on crayfish predation and behavior––Joshua has gained valuable experience that he believes sets him apart from his peers in his field. In particular, the mentorship of Professor Bakermans has played a huge role in his further aspirations.
“She has helped me with every aspect of my professional life. From critiquing resumes to introducing me to other professionals in organizations such as MassWildlife and DCR, she has helped me every step of the way … I would not have had the same experience at WPI if it weren't for Professor Bakermans,” he says.
He was also able to pursue his interest in ecology during his junior year Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) experience in Australia––a country he’d wanted to visit since he was a child. Through his project work, he was able to experience the outreach aspect of ecological work. This gave him a new perspective and allowed him to see the many volunteers, governmental organizations, academic institutions, and passionate individuals it takes to make ecological change happen.
After graduation, Joshua plans to work in the ecological field for a couple of years before pursuing graduate school and a PhD.
Haverhill, MA, USA
Marja Bakermans, Biology and Biotechnology
- Crimson Key Tour Guide on campus
- Peer Learning Assistant for BB1002 and BB1045
- Ambassador for the Biology department
- Three research projects working toward papers for publication
- Swimming (member of WPI Varsity Swim Team)