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.
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.
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.
Over the last few weeks I’ve knuckled down and finally made a proper start on an exciting new research project. Matthew Kearnes and I are beginning some collaborative work on the ethics and politics of “off-Earth mining” (that is, proposals to mine near Earth asteroids and perhaps even the moon).
A great interview on Flight Ways has just been posted on the New Books Network seminar. Thanks so much to Carla Nappi for taking the time to read the book and chat with me.
I am currently beginning work on a new 3-4 year research project focused on crows around the world. Below are a few excerpts from a recent grant application, stitched together to give a sense of my larger project and research questions. This research is funded by the Humboldt Foundation and the Australian Research Council.
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.