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I write and speak about natural history, climate grief,
and living in an amputated world.

writer     researcher     teacher

Recent and Future Events
February 15, 2023 - 1PM Eastern
Living in an Amputated World
On the Vienna Live Show with Simeon Morrow (On Zoom)
A conversation about natural history, climate crisis, and disability
Details and register here:

September 8, 2022 - 7pm Eastern

Climate Lyricism: Author Min Hyoung Song in Conversation with Rochelle Johnson
A Zoom Event in "The Write Connection" Writing-Workshop Series
Sponsored by Thoreau Farm and the Thoreau Society

July 10, 2022
The Thoreau Prize: Honoring Jane Goodall
The Thoreau Society, Concord-Carlisle High School
Held in-person, Concord, Massachusetts

July 7, 2022 - 2:00-3:45pm Eastern
Worlding a Broken Body in a Broken World
An in-person and Zoom reading on a panel titled "Disability and Worlding"
The 2022 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering: "Thoreau and Globalization"
Held in-person, Concord, Massachusetts

June 28, 29, and 30, 2022; 5:30PM to 7:30PM Eastern

Workshop: The Life and Landscapes of Susan Fenimore Cooper
Three-day, in-person workshop (with walking) exploring Cooper’s life and landscapes
 In-person, Sponsored by the Fenimore Art Museum

April 20, 2022 - 5:00pm Eastern
Interconnectivity: Birders as Teachers
A Conversation with David Lindo & J. Drew Lanham

A Zoom event commemorating Earth Week
,Co-sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity
the College of Idaho, and the Thoreau Society

Watch recorded event online at:

April 14, 2022, 7PM Eastern
Making Beauty in the Broken Places
Susan Fenimore Cooper and the Hudson River 

A Zoom presentation anticipating Earth Day
Sponsored by the Fenimore Art Museum

Watch recorded event online at:

October 29, 2021
The Thoreau Prize: Honoring Robin Wall Kimmerer
The Thoreau Society, First Parish Church, Concord, Massachusetts
  Watch the presentation here:

On Covid-19, Thoreau, and the Liberal Arts
Video made for The College of Idaho, March 26, 2020:
Click on the video below


I hold tremendous gratitude toward the professional communities of which I am a part, so I make a point of contributing to them.

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I teach in hopes of helping students discover how they might contribute most meaningfully to the world.


My professional life centers on the environmental humanities—and, more particularly, on thinking through how people have understood and expressed their relations to the natural world.

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