Josh Gruver grew up in the Appalachian mountains of western Maryland. After receiving a BS in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech, he realized that working in a laboratory was not fulfilling. He joined the Peace Corps and spent two years living and working in Papua New Guinea where he found his true calling – working with people and communities to help manage natural resources. This lead to more traveling and teaching opportunities in many different parts of the world including Philippines, Thailand, India, Kenya, Egypt, Nepal, and Jordan. Back home he pursued a dual-title PhD at The Pennsylvania State University in Forest Resources and the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment. He is currently a faculty member in the Natural Resources and Environmental Management Department at Ball State University. His teaching and research passions revolve around sustainable natural resource management initiatives including land and water conservation and food system development. In 2015 he initiated the Muncie Food Hub Partnership with the idea of promoting connections between area growers and eaters and developing east central Indiana’s regional food system. He lives in Muncie Indiana and is married to a consummate map maker, Adrienne Gruver, and together they have two sons – Finn and Toby, a Great Dane dog named Ruby, and Ringzo, a grumpy old cat.