I’m a writer, public speaker, and professor of environmental philosophy.
My first two decades were spent in England, where my hometown filled a gap in the white cliffs of the south coast. I swam in chilly green waters, caught prawns at Birling Gap, and regularly got stung by nettles. As a teen, I bounced back and forth between the north and south of England. I hiked the North York moors, played cricket and rugby in settings both bucolic and terrifying, and pottered around the cathedral city of Durham trying to figure out what to do for a degree.
I moved to the United States aged twenty-two. Colorado was where I landed, but I soon became addicted to Alaska. There 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 being called ‘home.’
In Montana, I have found a satisfying annual rhythm that includes writing, teaching, cross-country skiing, and biking. I also grow foods that delight me each season when the sun fills the soil with warmth.
My work has appeared in The Atlantic, Smithsonian Magazine, Discover, Aeon, 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 my new book, Tenacious Beasts. It tracks a handful of wildlife species that are doing well and asks what they have to teach. Read more about it on the book page.