Josh Ginsberg

Joshua Ginsberg

Conservation Biology
Council Member 2014 - Present
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies


Joshua Ginsberg is the third president of the Cary Institute. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University and his B.S. from Yale University.

His career in conservation science spans 35 years and several continents. During the 1980s and 1990s, he led ecology and conservation projects in Asia and East and Southern Africa. In 1996, he began his tenure with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), taking on a series of senior management roles that benefitted from his scientific, fiscal, and administrative expertise.

Dr. Ginsberg has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University since 1998. In addition to lecturing and advising graduate students, he has helped manage Columbia’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC).

Past academic appointments have included: Research Fellow in Ecology at the Zoological Society of London, Honorary Research Fellow and Lecturer at University College London, and Research Fellow at Oxford University.

Dr. Ginsberg is on the boards of the Ocean Foundation, the Open Space Institute, and the Catskill Mountainkeeper, and is a founding board member of the Blacksmith Institute, a not-for-profit that focuses on pollution remediation in the developing world. 

As an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Diplomacy Fellow, he provided guidance on international conservation issues, including matters relating to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and African biodiversity.