Joe Milmoe is a young biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and graduate student at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Born and raised in the Washington, DC area, Joe has a diverse background and unique perspective in the field of conservation. Joe is very fortunate and thankful to be able to pursue his two passions of conservation and photography in his work. Through the use of compelling imagery, he strives to translate science into action to address today’s conservation challenges of global climate change and the biodiversity crisis.
Joe has completed internships and scholarships with a number of organizations, including: the Smithsonian, Natures Best Photography Magazine, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North American Nature Photography Association, Human Wildlife Conflict Collaboration, and others. Joe has field experience relating to herpetology, coral reef ecology, shade coffee habitat restoration, ecotourism and endangered species captive breeding programs. In 2004, Joe founded the GMU Environmental Awareness Group, a student organization with a mission to educate others about sustainability, campus ecology and other conservation issues. Joe has worked as both a staff and freelance photographer since 2005, where his images have been featured in a number of publications and galleries. As an active volunteer, Joe continues to serve over 300 hours every year and also donates his wildlife imagery to conservation NGO’s to promote conservation education. Joe is most recently involved with two conservation campaigns highlighting domestic amphibian conservation and illegal shark finning.
Joe now works as a biologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service headquarters. Joe works in the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, an innovative cooperative conservation program which works with a wide variety of partners to conserve habitat on privately owned land.