In 2014, I interviewed world-renowned herpetologist and naturalist Harry Greene, a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University. His new book, Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art, was published in 2013 by the University of California Press. Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature, his 1997 book also published by UC Press, was a New York Times Notable Book and received a PEN Literarary Award. Listen to the link below to hear our conversation about humanity’s “deep history” with snakes, empathy and embodiment in animal research, Pleistocene rewilding, natural history in education, and more. If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Greene’s views on conservation’s past and future, read his recent piece for the Center for Humans and Nature.
Kaitlin Stack Whitney is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Zoology and Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies. Her dissertation explores how land use and climate change impact insect communities and farmer practices in agricultural landscapes across Wisconsin. She is also a public radio producer and host for WORT 89.9FM, where her beat is ecology and environmental humanities. Website. Twitter. Contact.