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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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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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.