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 got stung by nettles daily. As a teen, I bounced back and forth between the north and south of England. I tromped across the North York moors, played cricket and rugby in settings that ranged from bucolic to terrifying, and pottered around the narrow streets of the cathedral city of Durham trying to figure out what I was doing for a degree.
I moved to the United States aged twenty-two. Colorado was my landing spot, but I 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 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.’
After settling in Montana, I 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, Aeon, and The BBC. My books and journal articles explore technology, wildlife, climate change, justice, and numerous other topics in environmental philosophy. I’m extremely excited about my new book, Tenacious Beasts. It’s about wildlife species that are doing well. Read more on the book page.