My Story

My name is Joshua Arnold (I answer to either Josh or Joshua). I am a working-class Southern California native, who grew up in the sprawl of the Inland Empire. I am a U.S. Army veteran who decided I wanted to study food systems after witnessing first-hand the environmental damage and food insecurity resulting from Iraq’s occupation. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California Berkeley, where I study applied entomology, and landscape effects to beneficial insects in urban agriculture. I am a “science, practice, movement” agroecologist, and believe that most agricultural problems are not simply answered by the newest technology. My greatest joys are teaching and working alongside my community partners, and I am a fierce advocate for both. When not teaching or looking for insects, I enjoy hiking and exploring the world with my 2-year-old twin daughters.


  • B.S. in Resource and Conservation Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D. (ABD) in Agroecology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

  • Agroecology
  • Applied entomology
  • Landscape ecology

Courses Taught

  • ENS 3140: Agroecology
  • ENS 2908: Insects and Agriculture

Crews and Other Activities

  • Agroecology Research-action Collaborative
  • Ecological Society of America
  • International Society of Hymenopterists

Contact Professor Arnold

Morse 202
CPO 6338
PO Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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