Thom green screen studio

Remaking Nature, the MOOC…

Over the past few months my colleagues and I in the Environmental Humanities Program at UNSW have been developing a MOOC. For those of you not yet caught up in this global trend, a MOOC is a “massive open online course.” Basically, they’re interactive courses set up online so that people anywhere can do them.…


Ethics in the Field: How far should we go to bring back lost species?

Translocation, captive breeding, somatic cell nuclear transfer (cloning), back-breeding, gene and seed banking—the list goes on. Today, there are a whole range of different technologies and techniques aimed at holding on to, or even resurrecting, species that might already be thought of as “lost” in some significant sense. My inclination is not to definitively rule…


Some bird photos

Here are some bird photos from the last few weeks. Quite a lot of Torresian Crows… Please get in touch if you’d like a high resolution version of any of these images.


Sheep on Svartsö

Here’s a little film of some beautiful sheep on the island of Svartsö in the Stockholm archipelago in the early morning. They’re using the supporting wires of a power pole to scratch their heads and backs.

A Hawaiian crow being 'enriched'. KBCC Hawai'i.

Care: Some musings on a theme

This short paper was written for a collaborative project that is working to develop a lexicon for the environmental humanities (yet to be published). It was presented at the Affective Habitus conference in Canberra in June 2014 in a panel with Cameron Muir, Eben Kirksey, Emily O’Gorman, Kate Wright, Matthew Kearnes and Tom Bristow (chaired…