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.
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.
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.
For the last couple of years my research on ethics, extinction and conservation has focused on Hawai’i, and the Hawaiian crow (or alala) in particular. I seem to have accumulated a fair few articles and book chapters that are waiting on publication so I’ve done up a little page on this site to give some indication of what I’ve been up to. You can find more details here.
The picture to the right is the view from the back porch of the house we stayed in while doing fieldwork on the Big Island in early 2013. We were near the summit of Kilauea where it’s cold and rainy most of the time (at least in my experience) and quite a drive from the beach. But who wants beaches when you can have this spectacular forest?
Here’s a link to a recent interview I did with Jan Oosthoek as part of the Exploring Environmental History podcast (number 58, 18 Jan 2014).