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.

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Off-Earth mining and an ethics of interstellar flourishing?

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).

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Flight Ways on the New Books Network seminar

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.

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Encountering Crows: Living with wildlife in a changing world

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.

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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 by Deborah Bird Rose).

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