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.

Upcoming talk

21 October 2020
“A World in a Shell: The Disappearing Snails of Hawai’i”
Planet on a Precipice: Histories and Futures of the Environmental Emergency
Feinberg Family Lecture Series 2020-21, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Latest blog posts

Crows removing ticks: helpfulness, opportunism, or something else?

Guest post by Thom van Dooren 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 clear that these crows… Continue reading Crows removing ticks: helpfulness, opportunism, or something else?

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 my academic writing and presents them in a way that … Continue reading Educating ravens, and other stories/essays

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