Competing ideas of ‘natural’ in a dam removal controversy

Water Alternatives 10, no. 3 (2017): 840-52. ABSTRACT: In spite of general support for removal of dam structures within the ecological sciences community, local residents sometimes contest dam removals. This article examines the competing ideas of ‘natural’ and ‘nature’ that may surface in a dam removal controversy. Using the conflict…

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Artifacts and habitats

In The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, ed. Ursula Heise, Jon Christensen, and Michelle Niemann, 138-143. Routledge, 2017. Abstract: Humans see distinctions between artifacts, which are constructed by human hands with human ingenuity, and nature, which we tend to think of as somehow not made by humans even if…

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Anthropocene Animals

I held a public talk called “Anthropocene Animals: How humans are changing the planet and its inhabitants” at the Bildmuseet in Umeå, Sweden, in September 2016. The lecture was held in conjunction with the opening of the Perpetual Uncertainty exhibit about the nuclear age. You can see it here: https://vimeo.com/187611816

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Public dissemination (restoration/reintroduction)

In addition to my blog, I’ve shared my research in media and online, including: Recorded a podcast “Desire for the Wild – Wild Desires? The Trouble with Rewilding” with Jan Oosthoek at Environmental History Resources about my thoughts on rewilding and restoration. Interviewed for “Extinction is forever…or is it?” by Leslie Ogden Evans in…

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Endling, the power of the last in an extinction-prone world

Environmental Philosophy 14, no. 1 (2017): 119-138, doi: 10.5840/envirophil201612542 Abstract: In April 1996, two men working at a convalescent center wrote a letter to the journal Nature proposing that a new word be adopted to designate a person who is the last in the lineage: endling. This had come up because of patients…

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Rödlistorna, arternas historia och övervakning av naturen

Biodiverse 21, no. 2 (2016): 10-11. This short popular science article argues that decisions about which animals to list as endangered on red lists and which to exclude as ‘foreign’ species often rely on history. Each country sets a “date line” that determines whether or not a species can count…

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Presence of absence, absence of presence, and extinction narratives

In Nature, Temporality and Environmental Management: Scandinavian and Australian Perspectives on Peoples and Landscapes, ed. Lesley Head, Katarina Saltzman, Gunhild Setten, and Marie Stensek, 45-58. Routledge, 2016. Abstract: This chapter addresses where two issues – the problem of not seeing at a certain time and the idea of a static nature over…

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A new place for stories: Blogging as an environmental history research tool

In Methodological Challenges in Nature-Culture and Environmental History Research, ed. Jocelyn Thorpe, Stephanie Rutherford, and L. Anders Sandberg, 246-257. Routledge, 2017. Abstract: In this chapter I present an experiment: five pseudo-posts about blogging. I call them pseudo-posts because unlike the true online format of a blog, clickable links and embedded…

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The Anthropocene as a History of Technology

Finn Arne Jørgensen and Dolly Jørgensen, Technology and Culture 57(1):231-237. This exhibit review discusses the Welcome to the Anthropocene: The Earth in Our Hands exhibit at the Deutsches Museum, Munich, within the context of how history of technology should engage with the Anthropocene concept. We argue that technology is the linchpin in the Anthropocene as…

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