I’m a field philosopher and storyteller. I’m currently an Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies and the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia. I am also a Professor II in the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities at the University of Oslo, Norway.
Latest blog posts
Crows removing ticks: helpfulness, opportunism, or something else?
If you’ve spent much time at all watching YouTube videos of corvids, you’ve likely come across some of the numerous examples of them engaging in the seemingly helpful act of removing ticks and other ectoparasites from all kinds of other animals. The lucky ‘client’ might be a rhino, a sambar deer, or a cow. Admittedly, it isn’t always entirely… Continue reading Crows removing ticks: helpfulness, opportunism, or something else?
A World in a Shell: Snail Stories for a Time of Extinctions
I am currently finishing work on a new book focused on the disappearing land snails of Hawai’i. While I’ve tried to make all of my books accessible and engaging, this is the first one that I’ve written in a deliberate effort to speak to a general readership. Continue reading A World in a Shell: Snail Stories for a Time of Extinctions
Educating ravens, and other stories/essays
I published a short article today in The Atlantic on “educational” approaches to conservation that aim to teach “problematic” animals new ways of living – rather than fencing them out or killing them. This article in one of four short pieces I’ve published recently that takes some of the philosophical questions I’ve been exploring in… Continue reading Educating ravens, and other stories/essays