Joshua Kalfas (Project Leader)


A native of Tulsa, OK, Joshua came to the SCA having graduated from the University of Oklahoma, where he earned his B.S. in Geographic Information Science and his Minor in Meteorology.  As an undergraduate, Joshua was an active leader of his peers, involved in activities at both the university and state level.  During his last year of study and briefly after graduating, Joshua also worked as a research assistant within a university laboratory where he modeled the primary productivity of agroecosystems.  This work exposed Joshua to the world of intensive academic research, a previously unknown love of his.

Now, having several presentations, coauthorship of a book chapter, and a published, peer-reviewed paper under his belt, Joshua is helping expose individuals to the conservation opportunities in northeast Oklahoma before he continues with postgraduate study.  This will be Joshua’s fourth program with the SCA.  Previous positions have been with the 2012 Army Corps Visitor Use Survey Team in northeast Oklahoma, an SCA Leader Team working at the El Malpais National Conservation Area and the Rio Chama Wilderness Study Area in New Mexico, and the 2013 Army Corps Visitor Use Survey Leader Team in central Texas.

When not learning, researching, and writing, Joshua enjoys kicking a ball at the local soccer pitch, running through mud and dirt anywhere he might find it, and helping out his family, friends, and community with any little task he can put his hands to.  And much of that is exactly what his goal is this season.  Getting his team dirty, working hard, and gaining some hands on field experience in a setting they’ll love is what Joshua is looking forward to the most!