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.

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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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