was, until his recent death at age 93, a master of the Diamond Sangha, a Zen Buddhist society he cofounded with his wife. One of the elders of Zen Buddhism in North America, a voice for socially engaged spirituality, and the author of more than ten books, including Taking the Path of Zen
, The Mind of Clover
, and Zen Master Raven
, Aitken was a lifetime resident of Hawai‘i.
grew up in Britain, New Zealand, and California and holds the William H. Drury, Jr., Chair in Evolution, Ecology, and Natural History at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, where he has taught for over twenty years. He has studied marine birds and the relationship between cultural history and ecological patterns on Maine’s coastal islands during this time. He recently served as president of the Society for Human Ecology and as chair of the Human Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America.
has been on the faculty of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography for almost four decades, conducting research on marine ecosystems throughout the world, including kelp forests, rocky intertidal communities, and Antarctic benthic communities. He has served on numerous scientific advisory boards and received many awards and honors, including the E. O. Wilson Naturalist Award from the American Society of Naturalists and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western Society of Naturalists. He is the only person to receive both the Mercer and Cooper awards from the Ecological Society of America.
Alison Hawthorne Deming
, a professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona, has written four books of poetry, most recently Rope
, and three books of creative nonfiction. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. Her work often explores the boundary between artistic and scientific ways of viewing the world.Cristina Eisenberg
is a conservation biologist and nature writer in northwestern Montana, where she studies wolves and other carnivores on both sides of the international border. She is a doctoral candidate at Oregon State University, where she has received many honors for her work, including a Boone and Crocket Fellowship. She is the author of The Wolf’s Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades, and Biodiversity
divides her time between the Oregon coast and the desert Southwest. In Oregon she works on turning plastic pollution from the ocean into large-scale educational art, and in New Mexico she continues to build an off-grid straw-bale house. Farris worked in communications and conference production for many years for Bioneers and has helped found three environmental nonprofits. She is the managing director of Artula Institute for Arts and Environmental Education. Her writing, which explores the connections between landscapes, poetics, and human relationship to place, has appeared in Orion, Mountain Gazette, and other journals.
is a wilderness and conservation visionary and the author of several books, including Rewilding North America,
Confessions of an Eco-Warrior
, and the eco-thriller The Lobo Outback Funeral Home
. After working for many years for the Wilderness Society, he was cofounder of the Earth First! movement and publisher of Wild Earth
. He is founding executive director of the Rewilding Institute, based in New Mexico.
worked as a professional gardener for twenty-five years and is the author of two collections of poems, Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden
and Insects of South Corvallis
, and a book of essays, The Practice of Home
a, and the coeditor of In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens
. He is program director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University.
R. Edward Grumbine
was director of the Sierra Institute's wilderness studies field program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for two decades and teaches environmental studies at Prescott College in Arizona. Currently a research fellow at the Kunming Institute of Botany in Yunnan, China, he is the author of Where the Dragon Meets the Angry River: Nature and Power in the People’s Republic of China and Ghost Bears: Exploring the Biodiversity Crisis.
is the author of seven books of poetry, including After
and Come, Thief
. Her collection of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry
, is considered a classic in the field. She has also edited and cotranslated three books collecting the work of women poets from the past. Her awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets; multiple appearances in the Best American Poetry series; the Poetry Center Book Award; and the California Book Award. She was a finalist for t
he National Book Critics Circle Award and the T. S. Eliot Prize in Poetry. She lives in northern California.
Robin Wall Kimmerer
teaches botany and forest ecology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where she is director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Her work attempts to integrate traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous peoples with perspectives from contemporary biological sciences. Of Potawatomi descent, she is the author of Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, which received the
John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing.
has written five books, including Wilderness and Razor Wire, an account of his relationship with nature while in prison,
which won the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing. He has also written more than 100 articles and essays and was included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2000
. He lives in southern Arizona.
is a fellow in English literature at Cambridge University. His books include Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination
and The Wild Places
, both of which have won multiple awards and were filmed by the BBC. He frequently writes on literature, travel, and the environment for many publications in Britain and North America.
Kathleen Dean Moore
is an essayist, activist, parent, and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and University Writer Laureate at Oregon State University. She is the author of Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water, Holdfast: At Home in the Natural World, The Pine Island Paradox,
and Wild Comfort: A Book of Healing
, as well as academic textbooks on moral philosophy. These books have won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, and the Outstanding Academic Book Award.
Robert Michael Pyle
writes essay, poetry, and fiction along a tributary of the Lower Columbia River. His fifteen books include Wintergreen, The Thunder Tree, Walking the High Ridge: Life as Field Trip
, and a definitive field guide, The Butterflies of Cascadia
. His 2008 travels across America are chronicled in Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year
. A Guggenheim fellow, he has received the John Burroughs Medal, the National Outdoor Book Award, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology. He has taught for the Aga Khan Trust for the Humanities in Tajikistan, as Kittredge Visiting Writer at the University of Montana, and in many other settings.
Sarah Juniper Rabkin
is a writer, editor, and visual artist with a background in science journalism. She grew up in Berkeley, California, in the 1960s and 1970s, and lives near Monterey Bay with her husband, poet Charles Atkinson. A longtime teacher of writing and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, she also leads outdoor workshops on keeping illustrated field journals.
Scott Russell Sanders
, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University, is the author of more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Private History of Awe
, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and A Conservationist Manifesto
. His work, which explores relationships between nature and culture, social justice and spirituality, and dignity and honest wor, has garnered many awards and fellowships, including a Lannan Literary Award and the Mark Twain Award.Laura Sewall
is an ecopsychologist and conservationist living on the coast of Maine, where she serves as director of the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area and the Bates College Coastal Center at Shortridge. She is the author of Sight and Sensibility: The Ecopsychology of Perception
is a literary and educational consultant based in Cincinnati, Ohio. A past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, he has served on the faculties of the Union Institute, Carleton College, and the University of Utah. He is the author of Meeting the Tree of Life: A Teacher’s Path
and The Cincinnati Arch: Learning from Nature in the City, as well as numerous essays on nature,
culture, and environmental literature.
, proclaimed “one of the finest guitarists on Earth” (All Music Guide to Rock
) and among the twenty “greatest guitarists of all time” (Rolling Stone
), and recipient of a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, was a founding member of the seminal British folk-rock group Fairport Convention, collaborated with his then-wife, Linda Thompson, and has been a solo recording artist for the past three decades. A gifted songwriter, his songs have been recorded by many other artists, including Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, and David Byrne.
Stephen C. Trombulak
is professor of environmental and biosphere studies and director of the conservation biology laboratory at Middlebury College in Vermont. A vertebrate biologist and dedicated naturalist, he has served as chair of the education committee of the Society for Conservation Biology and president of its North American Section. He is founding editor of the Journal of Natural History Education and Experience
and a Natural History Network board member.