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Josiah V 2024

Josiah Velner

Science & Monitoring Associate
As a Science & Monitoring Associate with the Monarch Joint Venture, Josiah assists with conducting pollinator and habitat surveys, supporting organizational GIS and database needs, and creating and uplifting science and monitoring resources for MJV partners and the public. He uses both the Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program (IMMP) and cutting-edge remote sensing technology to quantify the density of common milkweed and other pollinator-friendly plants. Born in the Twin Cities, Josiah has grown up enjoying the great outdoors of Minnesota, which led him down a path of conservation work. He went to the University of Minnesota for a biology degree in fisheries, wildlife, & conservation biology. In his free time, he enjoys spending time gardening/hunting/camping, catching up with friends, and training in Muay Thai.