Joshua Baur, PhD

Dr. Baur is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Science and Recreation at San Jose State University. In addition to research and scholarship, he teaches courses in research and evaluation, and facility planning and management. Baur is currently the coordinator for the Recreation and Recreation Management undergraduate programs at SJSU, and has a courtesy faculty appointment at Oregon State University. 

Baur completed his bachelor's degree in anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, focusing on cultural anthropology. He completed his Master of Science degree in environmental policy and behavior at the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment. Baur completed his Ph.D. (Forest Resources) in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, where his dissertation focused on the relationship between small scale urban green spaces and human wellbeing in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Baur's research focuses on the relationship between humans and the natural environment. Baur's study of human ecology occurs primarily in the context of urban and developed settings, looking specifically at recreation and leisure behavior of urban and city dwellers, and the relationship urban people have with the natural surroundings in and around developed areas.

Baur has investigated the relationship city dwellers have with small scale (5 acres or less) city green spaces, public attitudes about city parks, the impacts time spent in nature settings has on physical and psychological wellbeing, the influence of green spaces on sense of community, and public attitudes and perceptions about urban forest ecosystem services. Baur is also looking at the social and ecological impacts of homelessness on national forest lands.

Among other research areas Baur is developing, he is especially interested in exploring how time spent in natural spaces within developed areas impacts spiritual wellness.