About Me

I’m a writer, public speaker, and environmental philosopher based in Missoula, Montana.

I grew up in England, where my hometown filled a gap in the white cliffs of the south coast. I spent summers enjoying chilly green waters, catching prawns at Birling Gap, and getting stung by nettles. As a teen, I bounced back and forth between the north and south of England. I hiked on the North York moors, played cricket and rugby in settings that were both bucolic and edgy, and pottered around the cathedral city of Durham trying to figure out a suitable degree.

I moved to the United States aged twenty-two. I found my feet in Colorado but soon became addicted to Alaska. I encountered wildlife and wildlands I had never experienced before. Prince William Sound, Bristol Bay, and the Tongass Forest all tipped me on my heels. For money, I caught fish, packed fish, looked everywhere for fish, and (almost) became sick of fish. I also befriended some wonderful people. Back in the lower forty-eight, Oregon, Washington DC, and South Carolina all took turns as home.

In Montana, I have found a satisfying rhythm that includes writing, teaching, cross-country skiing, and biking. I also grow foods that delight me when the sun fills the soil with warmth.

My work has appeared in The Atlantic, Smithsonian Magazine, Discover, Aeon, Slate, the Wall Street Journal, The Conversation, Salon, and The BBC. My books and journal articles explore technology, wildlife, climate change, justice, and numerous other topics in environmental philosophy. I’m ecstatic about the publication of my new book, Tenacious Beasts. It probes the mystery of wildlife that are doing well and asks what they have to teach. Read more about it on the Tenacious Beasts page.

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