As I stood in the presence of this individual, the last of a species, I was reminded of how incredibly ill equipped we are as a culture to make sense of the immensity of the loss that is extinction. I spent last Tuesday afternoon with Professor Mike Hadfield, a biologist at the University of Hawai’i. […]
Doing conservation in haunted landscapes In 2002 the last free living Hawaiian crow died. As of this time, the only surviving members/participants of this species have been required to live their lives in captivity, subjects of a long running captive breeding program. While it is hoped that one day soon they will be able to […]
Here’s a (belated) link to a short piece that I wrote for The Conversation in early October 2012. The piece is about the emergence of the Environmental Humanities as an interdisciplinary field of scholarship, and the importance of humanities and social science research in deepening our knowledge of, and grappling with, environmental issues.
In the middle of the North Pacific Ocean, at the far north west end of the Hawaiian Archipelago, lie a few tiny coral and sand islands encircled by a small reef. These little patches of dry land in the midst of a vast expanse of water and sky are Midway Atoll. Each year, these islands […]
I’m incredibly pleased to announce my contract with Columbia University Press for my new book on ethics and extinction in a world of avian entanglements. To celebrate, I’ve started this blog and included a page with some more information on my (almost finished) book.
This is a trial first blog post to see what it looks like! In the meantime, here’s a link to a fascinating little project that combines two of my interests: extinction and tattooing!