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A few photos from a recent research trip to the Mariana Islands

In May and June of 2016 I travelled to Guam and Rota in the Mariana Islands on a research trip. My focus was the critically endangered aga or Mariana Crow (Corus kubaryi). During the trip I took photos of a range of related things. A few of them are included below.

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Im/mortality and In/finitude in the Anthropocene

I’m very excited to announce a symposium to be held in Stockholm later this year: “Im/mortality and In/finitude in the Anthropocene: Perspectives from the Environmental Humanities.”

The event is co-organised by Michelle Bastian (University of Edinburgh) and me and hosted by The Environmental Humanities Laboratory in the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. It will be on from 2-4 December 2014.

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Fire and “politicising tragedy”

A few days ago Adam Bandt, the Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens, made a statement connecting the current bushfires in New South Wales with the government’s inaction on climate change. Immediately, critics pounced on the statement. Predictably, Greg Hunt, the Federal Environment Minister, accused Bandt of “politicising human tragedy” (link).

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Reflection on the anthropocene

P1020871-768x1024I recently wrote a short reflective piece on the anthropocene, prompted by an encounter with an albatross.

“As we approached this beautiful Laysan albatross nesting on the north shore of the island of Kaua’i, he stood to greet us.* He may have been proud of his egg and wanting to show it to us, but it is perhaps more likely that he was familiar with the routine of human visitors and knew that if he didn’t stand someone would soon start fishing around underneath him to check his leg band and inspect his egg. Wanting to get it over and done with, I suspect, he stood as we approached – just long enough for me to snap this photo – and then settled back down on his egg as we passed.”

Read the rest here.