Presenters and Panelists

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Anna Andrzejewski

Department of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Anna is Professor in the Art History Department, where she teaches courses on the history of North American vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. Her first book, Building Power: Architecture and Surveillance in Victorian America, was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2008. Currently she is working on two projects: a book on Madison builder/developer Marshall Erdman and an extensive study of southwestern Wisconsin's lead mining region (with Arnold Alanen). She also co-directs the Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures program, a joint Ph.D. program in architectural history with UW-Milwaukee. Anna serves on the steering committee of the Center for Culture, History, and the Environment.

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M. Rafi Arefin

Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mohammed Rafi Arefin is a PhD Student in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests sit at the intersection of urban geography, geographies of waste and garbage, emotional and psychoanalytic geography, and development studies. He explores these interests in projects around waste and its management trying to uncover the intimate relationship between garbage, culture, power, and politics. His primary work has taken him to Cairo to examine the politics of garbage before, during, and after the January 25th Revolution. Other projects include work on popular representations of hoarding and the transnational trade of hazardous waste.

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Marco Armiero

KTH-Stockholm Environmental Humanities Lab
Marco Armiero (Ph.D. in Economic History) is an environmental historian. He is one of the founders of the environmental history field in Europe, authoring, among other works, the first Italian textbook on the subject. His main topics of study have been environmental conflicts, uses of natural resources, politicization of nature and landscape, and the environmental effects of mass migrations. In English, he has published the book A Rugged Nation. Mountains and the Making of Modern Italy (2011). He is also the author of several articles and special issues in Environment and History, Left History, Radical History Review, and Capitalism Nature Socialism. He also edited with Marcus Hall Nature and History in Modern Italy, with Lise Sedrez Environmentalism. Local Struggles, Global Histories, and Views from the South. Environmental Stories from the Mediterranean World (19th -20th cent.).

Before moving to the KTH EHL he has been post-doctoral fellow and visiting scholar at Yale University, UC Berkeley, Stanford, the Autonomous University in Barcelona, and the Center for Social Sciences at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He is now the enthusiastic director of the Environmental Humanities Laboratory.

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Brian C. Black

Pennsylvania State university, Altoona
Dr. Brian Black is Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Penn State Altoona, where he currently serves as Head of Arts and Humanities. His research emphasis is on the landscape and environmental history of North America, particularly in relation to the application and use of energy and technology. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning Petrolia: The Landscape of America's First Oil Boom (Johns Hopkins, 2003) and Crude Reality: Petroleum in World History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). He has contributed essays to more than twenty books and is the editor of a number of books, including Nature's Entrepot: Philadelphia's Urban Sphere and its Environmental Thresholds (University of Pittsburgh, 2012). In 2012, he served as co-editor of the special issue of the Journal of American History on "Oil in American Life," which was inspired by the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. He is currently completing Contesting Gettysburg: Preserving an American Shrine and Declaring Our Dependence: Petroleum in 20th Century American Life, which is scheduled for a trade release with University of Chicago Press.

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Thomas Bristow

University of Melbourne
Tom Bristow read English Literature at the University of Leicester from 1999-2003 and was awarded a PhD by the University of Edinburgh in 2008. He is currently an Australian Research Council Research Fellow in the Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Melbourne. Tom is a member of the Mellon Australian Observatory in the Environmental Humanities research programme, University of Sydney; and President of the Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture, Australia and New Zealand.

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Helen J. Bullard

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Helen J. Bullard is a research-based artist and storyteller, currently working towards an Interdisciplinary Special Committee PhD at UW-Madison. Her practice tells stories about animals, cultures and industries, with a particular focus on the use of horseshoe crabs in human culture and notions of animal “out-of-placeness.” Her stories bridge science, mythology, anecdote and biography. She has worked in residency with University of Gothenburg, University of Cambridge, Lighthouse Digital Culture Agency, University College London (UCL), SymbioticA, Arts Catalyst and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

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Melissa Charenko

Department of History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Melissa Charenko is a PhD student in the History of Science Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on the history of palynology and paleoecology, particularly the various ways the past and possible futures are represented and reconstructed. She has shown her short film, 24-7B, at Tales from Planet Earth, and was a co-collaborator in ((pollen)), a cross-disciplinary exhibit held in Western Australia in 2014.

Erica Damman

University of Iowa
An artist and researcher in the Interdisciplinary PhD program studying Environmental Humanities, Erica Damman's work explores artists and creative practices that intersect with environmental questions. Of particular interest is how an interdisciplinary approach to creative environmental action, which blends sciences, aesthetics, communication, and the public, can affect our human and non-human relations, especially in a world made different by climate change. One part of her current practice includes the production of a Field Guide to Mesquakie Park, the last unlined dump used by the City of Iowa City, Iowa (1964-1972). The Field Guide will weave together a variety of perspectives, factual and speculative, historical and contemporary in order to highlight institutional knowledge gaps, our ongoing relationship to Native Americans and waste, and the ways in which space is produced and ordered both historically and into the future.

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Jared Farmer

Stony Brook University
Jared Farmer is a writer and environmental historian who teaches at Stony Brook University. He is the author of three books, most recently Trees in Paradise: A California History (Norton, 2013). Farmer has won the Francis Parkman Prize and the Hiett Prize in the Humanities. Currently he's working on two book projects: Ancient Trees in Modern Times (a history of the long search for the world's oldest living thing, and a meditation on the future of long-lived trees in the Anthropocene) and The Aerial View (a global study of aerial photography, satellite imagery, and remote sensing). For more information, go to

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Nils Hanwahr

Rachel Carson Center
Nils Hanwahr is a doctoral student at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at LMU Munich. He studied Comparative Literature at FU Berlin and UC Berkeley and then went on to earn a Masters degree at the University of Oxford. At Imperial College London, he completed an MSc in Science Communication in 2011. Currently, he also works in product management of global satellite communications systems for Deutsche Lufthansa German Airlines.

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Wilko Graf von Hardenberg

Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wilko Graf von Hardenberg is DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His main disciplinary interest is modern European environmental history, but he could also be termed a social historian, a historical geographer, or a digital humanist. His most recent research activities focus on the social history of the environment and on the history of science. In particular, he looks at conflicts about rights to access resources, the history of nature conservation in the Alps, and the development of the concept of mean sea level.

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Rachel Harkness

University of Aberdeen
Rachel Harkness is a social anthropologist interested in exploring architecture as a peopled process and in considering how people make manifest their designs for living. She is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen, where she is part of the project 'Knowing From the Inside: Anthropology, Art, Architecture and Design' (2013-2016, ERC funded). Her current work considers the vibrant materials that make up the Scottish built environment, and the stories, lives, entanglements and skills that a focus upon them brings to the fore. It does so, in part, through playful experiment and participation in artistic practices of making.

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Nicole Heller

Duke University
Nicole Heller received her PhD in Biological Sciences in 2005 from Stanford University. Her research focuses on biodiversity protection in the face of global change, with a specialty in climate change adaptation and invasive species management. She has held teaching and research positions at UC Santa Cruz, Franklin and Marshall College, and Duke University. At Duke, Nicole served as the Director of Science and Arts Initiatives, and she curated the inaugural exhibit at the Wegner Gallery on natureculture. She has also worked as a staff scientist for media organization Climate Central, and has published widely in academic and popular presses.

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Elizabeth Hennessy

Department of History and Nelson Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Elizabeth Hennessy is Assistant Professor of World Environmental History in the History Department and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Trained as a geographer, she works at the intersection of political ecology, science and technologies studies, animal studies, and environmental history. Her main research project focuses on the most iconic species of the Galápagos Islands, giant tortoises, to trace intertwined transnational histories of capitalist development, evolutionary science, and conservation in the archipelago.

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Judit Hersko

California State University San Marcos
Judit Hersko is an installation artist who works in the intersection of art and science and collaborates with scientists on visualizing climate change science through art. In 2008 she received the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Grant and spent six weeks in Antarctica. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally including at the Venice Biennale where she represented her native Hungary. Several museums feature her work in their collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ludwig Museum in Budapest. Hersko is a Professor and Program Director in the School of Arts at California State University San Marcos.

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Gary Kroll

SUNY Plattsburgh
Since graduating from the History of Science program at the University of Oklahoma in 2000, I've been teaching US environmental history and the history of science to undergraduates at SUNY Plattsburgh. Among other things, I am a student of twentieth century natural history and its multi-faceted role in science, popular culture and environmental politics. My previous work focused on ocean naturalists, but I have since taken up the study of novel ecosystems - e.g. highway medians and airport fields - and the people who create, manage and travel through these anthropocenic ecosystems that double as transportation infrastructure. In other words, I am becoming an historian of road-kill.

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Adam Mandelman

Department of Geography, Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison
Adam is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work draws from scholarship in environmental history cultural and historical geography, political ecology, ecocriticism, and science studies. His dissertation, entitled "The Place With No Edge: Boundaries and Permeability in the Mississippi River Delta, 1845-2010," examines the changing ways humans have negotiated the challenges of saturated landscapes. He also serves as managing editor for Edge Effects, a project of the Center for Culture, History, and Environment. Follow him on Twitter at @amandelman or on his blog at

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Michelle Mart

Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus
Michelle Mart is fascinated by the stories we collectively tell about the recent past. Specifically, she is completing a cultural history of pesticide use in the United States from 1945 to the present. Previously, she wrote about the intersections of cultural history and foreign policy in her book, Eye on Israel: How America Came to View Israel as an Ally. In 2012 and 2014, she was a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany, and is currently an Associate Professor of History at Penn State University, Berks Campus.

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Mandy Martin

Australian National University
Mandy Martin is an artist who paints about the rapacious wave of mining and land degradation sweeping across Australia and the changing climate chasing behind. It is time to draw a line in the dirt, we are all accountable and as we face the sublime state of extinction must look for ways to stop rising carbon emissions and wholesale destruction of environments now. She has held numerous exhibitions in Australia and internationally. Her works are in many public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia and in USA collections including the Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno. She lives in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia and for more than a decade has collaborated with her neighbour and fellow artist, Trisha Carroll, a Wiradjuri Traditional Owner. She is an Adjunct Professor Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University.

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Joseph Masco

University of Chicago
Joseph Masco teaches anthropology and science studies at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico (2006, Princeton University Press), and The Theater of Operations: National Security Affect from the Cold War to the War on Terror (2014, Duke University Press). His current research focuses on the science, politics, and visualization strategies informing planetary environmental crisis.

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Tomas Matza

Duke University
Tomas Matza is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught at Stanford and Duke Universities. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2010. His research interests extend across sociocultural, medical and environmental anthropology, and touch on issues of mental health, political economy and climate change. His research to date has focused on Russia.

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Christof Mauch

Rachel Carson Center
Christof Mauch is Director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Chair in American Culture and Transatlantic Relations (currently on leave) at LMU Munich, and an Honorary Professor at Renmin University in China. He is a past President of the European Society for Environmental History and a former Director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. Mauch has held positions at Tübingen University, Bonn University, and Cologne University, as well as visiting professorships in Edmonton, Kolkata, Vienna, Washington, D.C., and Warsaw. Mauch has published widely in the field of German, American and international environmental history.

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Felix Mauch

Rachel Carson Center
Felix Mauch is an environmental and cultural historian with interdisciplinary research interests. He studied modern history and cultural geography earning an MA from the University of Freiburg and received a PhD from the LMU Munich in German History. His thesis, focusing on cultural perceptions of natural disasters, namely memory processes concerning the 1962 storm flood in Hamburg, will be published in 2015. Felix Mauch's main areas of interest are historical disaster research, STS studies, and digital humanities. He joined the Rachel Carson Center in 2009 as a research associate and worked on several exhibition projects with the Deutsches Museum.

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Daegan Miller

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Degan Miller is a writer and historian whose work explores how nineteenth-century Americans conceived of alternative landscapes that contest the legacy of Manifest Destiny, scientific racism, and the cultural hegemony of capitalism. His writing has appeared in a variety of venues, from academic journals to creative-writing magazines. Daegan is currently an A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His website is

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Gregg Mitman

Center for Culture, History, and Environment
Gregg Mitman is the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His teaching and research interests span the history of science, medicine, and the environment in the United States and the world, and reflect a commitment to environmental and social justice. He is the author of three award-winning books, including his most recent, Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape our Lives and Landscapes. He is the founding and current director of the Nelson Institute's Center for Culture, History, and Environment and is also curator of the UW-Madison's popular environmental film festival, Tales from Planet Earth. He is at work on a multimedia project - a film, book, and public history website - that explores the history and legacy of a 1926 Harvard medical expedition to Liberia and the environmental and social consequences that follow in the expedition's wake.

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Angelika Möller

LMU Munich
Angelika Möller teaches American cultural history at the Amerika-Institut of LMU Munich. She finished he dissertation "Green City New York: Leisure and Open Space in the Metropolis" at LMU in 2014. Her research interests are urban history, social history, and popular culture studies.

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Sarah A. Moore

Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sarah A. Moore is Assistant Professor of Geography at UW-Madison with expertise in urban environmental issues and development. Her work centers on politics surrounding solid and hazardous waste disposal and trading in the United States and Mexico.

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Cameron Muir

Australian National University / National Museum of Australia
Cameron Muir is a writer and historian at the Australian National University and National Museum of Australia. In 2013-14 he was a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center, Munich. He is the author of The Broken Promise of Agricultural Progress: An Environmental History (Routledge 2014).

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Caroline Peyton

University of South Carolina
Caroline Peyton is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of South Carolina, currently finishing her dissertation: "Radioactive Dixie: A History of Nuclear Power and Nuclear Waste in the U.S. South, 1950-1990." Her research interests include twentieth-century U.S. politics and culture, the American South, environmental history, and the history of technology. She is a recipient of USC's College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2014-2015.

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Libby Robin

Australian National University and National Museum of Australia
Libby Robin is an environmental historian at Australian National University and the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. She is Guest Professor, KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Stockholm and Fellow, Australian Academy of Humanities. Current research projects include Collecting the future: museums, communities and climate change, The Culture of Weeds and Expertise for the Future. Her 13 books include the prize-winning How a Continent Created a Nation, Flight of the Emu, Boom and Bust: Bird Stories for a Dry Country and The Future of Nature: Documents of Global Change. She and Iain McCalman edit Routledge Environmental Humanities book series.

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Heather Rosenfeld

Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Heather Rosenfeld is a PhD student at UW-Madison. Her research interests lie at the intersection of urban/feminist geography and science and technology studies. She recently completed her master's degree, which examined how contradictory forms of public participation and changes in digital and manual labor have shaped "smart" electric grid technologies. More broadly, she is interested in controversies about infrastructures and environmental justice, and she is particularly keen on alternative ways of communicating academic research (comics, zines, interactive maps, storytelling). Before graduate school, she worked as an environmental scientist and cartographer for the US Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund.

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Cris Simonetti

University of Aberdeen
Cristian Simonetti is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen. He has conducted fieldwork mainly with land and underwater archaeologists in Chile and Scotland and with glaciologists in Greenland. His research focuses on the perception and communication, the role of corporeal movement in processes of enskilment and the use of technology. It concentrates especially on the relationship between experience and conceptualization, particularly on how scientists studying the past understand time and space. He is currently working on scientific understandings of time in the interdisciplinary study of climate change.

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Sverker Sörlin

Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

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Heather Swan

UW-Madison Department of English
Heather Swan received her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she has been an active member of the Nelson Institute's Center for Culture, History, and the Environment since 2010. She is a poet, scholar, artist, and creative nonfiction writer currently finishing her PhD in English and Environmental Studies. Her research interests include animal studies, climate fiction, eco-poetry, environmental justice, education of the senses, public humanities, and creativity. She is deeply interested in interdisciplinary responses to our environmental concerns in the context of the anthropocene. In 2012, she was involved in organizing the Holtz Center for Science and Technology "Taking Animals Apart" conference which brought international, interdisciplinary scholars together for workshops, field trips, and panel discussions. Articles about her current research on human/honeybee enmeshment during the crisis of global pollinator decline are forthcoming in ISLE, Resilience, and Aeon. The Edge of Damage, a chapbook of her poems, was published by Parallel Press in 2009. She is also a beekeeper.

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Julianne Lutz Warren

New York University
Julianne Lutz Warren is author of Aldo Leopold's Odyssey, which unfolds the journey of this twentieth-century ecological thinker and author of best-selling A Sand County Almanac towards his ethical vision of land health. She has also published a variety of creative writings expanding on that vision, entertaining possibilities for authentic hope and generativity in the Anthropocene. Her current book project is a quest to learn the song of an extinct bird. Julianne is a member of the Global Liberal Studies faculty and is Associated Faculty in Environmental Studies at New York University. She is recipient of a 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Research Award for her work in the climate justice movement. She has also been named a Senior Scholar and Fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature.

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Bethany Wiggin

Bethany Wiggin is the author of Novel Translations: The European Novel and the German Book (Cornell UP, 2011) and the forthcoming Germanopolis: Utopia Found and Lost in Penn's Woods (Penn State UP, 2016). She has edited Babel of the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic (Penn State UP, 2015), co-edited another, UnTranslatables: New Maps across Germanic Literatures (Northwestern UP, 2014), and is at present editing an issue of The Germanic Review devoted to translation, multilingualism and world literature in pre-modern Germany. Her ssays on globalism and the emergence of consumer culture, fashion, writing against slavery, and mysticism across the Atlantic world have appeared in leading journals. She is the founding director of the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanties and will direct the Penn Humanities Forum in 2015-16 in a year devoted to Translation. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania and Associate Faculty in English.

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Judith Winter

University of Aberdeen
Judith Winter is a curator of modern and contemporary art. Over the last 15 years she has worked both within and beyond the gallery context. Inaugural curator for the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), UK and Head of Arts for Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), Scotland. Career highlights include: The Language of Vision (interested in the legacy of the Bauhaus); Martin Boyce: No Reflections, commissioned by Scotland and Venice for the 53rd Venice Biennale and important solo exhibitions by artists: Thomas Hirschhorn (Switzerland), Johanna Billing (Sweden), Matthew Buckingham (US) and Manfred Pernice (Germany). Since 2011 she has been working as an independent curator and is currently undertaking PhD research with the department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland funded by a ERC Advanced Grant that explores the conjunctions between anthropology, art, architecture and design. The project is anchored in anthropology but focuses on an ongoing interest in the Bauhaus or rather in listening to what the Bauhaus has to tell us in the present.

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Joshua Wodak

University of Sydney
Dr Josh Wodak is a transdisciplinary researcher and artist whose work transforms climate science into visceral and embodied experiences of climate change, by metaphorically mapping audiovisual representations of change onto human and non-human landscapes. His research, titled "Good [Barrier] Grief" uses photomedia, video art, sound art, sculpture and interactive installations to explore environmental ethics & the moral quagmire of synthetic biology and geoengineering in the context of the biophysical and civilisational challenges under the advent of the Anthropocene. He is Associate Lecturer in Art & Design at the University of New South Wales, and Honorary Research Fellow, Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Sydney.