Communications for Conservation Graduate Certificate


Faculty for the Communications in Conservation graduate certificate have both academic knowledge and real-world, practical experiences in communications and media engagement. They have also worked closely with communications researchers and specialists, conservation practitioners and scientists, and communications experts from industry, government, and other fields to develop and deliver a holistic program that reflects established and emerging ideas and practices in communications for conservation.

Joshua Zaffos

Joshua Zaffos, M.E.M.

Josh is faculty in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and program director for the online Graduate Certificate in Communications for Conservation. He is also the Communications Specialist for the Department of Anthropology and Geography and an instructor in the Department of Journalism & Media Communication. Josh has also worked as an environmental and science writer and journalist, with experience reporting on water, energy development, public lands, climate change and other topics. His work has appeared in High Country News, Audubon, Yale Environment 360, Scientific American, Slate, Wired, and many other digital and print publications.

Industry and agency contributors to the program:

  • Audubon Rockies
  • CSU Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
  • CSU Journalism & Media Communication
  • International Crane Foundation
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (Colorado office)
  • New Bridge Strategy
  • The Nature Conservancy of Colorado
  • U.S. Department of Interior
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Production and Conservation Business Center
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests & Pawnee National Grassland
  • U.S. Forest Service, Region 2 (Rocky Mountain)
  • U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • University of Idaho
  • Virginia Tech
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