Jonathan McLeod

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Human cognition of environment

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January, 2016

Danny Shahar

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I came to the University of Arizona in the Fall of 2009.  I have a BA in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I wrote my senior honors thesis under Harry Brighouse on the implications of global climate change for individual rights.  I have also worked as a researcher for Iridian Asset Management, LLC., focusing in part on emerging technologies in the energy industry. 

I currently work in environmental philosophy, with a strong inclination towards interdisciplinary research.  My research interests involve on a number of different subjects:

  • The psychological mechanisms underlying environmental concern, the evolutionary functions of those mechanisms, and the potential challenges for environmental ethics in the exaptation of these mechanisms for their new roles in our moral psychology.
  • The roles of romantic, not-all-things-considered viewpoints in our moral psychology and in our all-things-considered ethical positions.
  • The relationship between Hayekian market liberalism and environmentalist arguments for protecting or preserving natural systems due to their instrumental importance and complexity.
  • The history of thought regarding natural resource scarcity, fragility, and complexity.
  • Virtue-ethical approaches to thinking about collective responsibility

As one might expect, I am not nearly an expert on all of these areas.  But if you are interested in thinking about some of these issues (or don't know what they mean), I would love to hear from you!

Expected Graduation Date: 
January, 2014

Adriana A Zuniga Teran

Zuniga Teran
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Bachelor's degree in Architecture from ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico.  December 1989.

Master's degree in Design and Energy Conservation from UA in Tucson, AZ.  May 2010.

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January, 2015

Rafe Sagarin

Research Scientist, Institute of the Environment
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Assistant Adjunct Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2001
(520) 979-4539
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Rafe Sagarin is a marine ecologist and environmental policy analyst. He has studied responses of marine communities and wetlands to climate change, illegal fishing, pollution, and other human impacts. Sagarin uses unusual data sets from writers, naturalists, artists, and gamblers to re-assemble historical patterns of ecosystem change, including reconstructing changes to the Sea of Cortez since the expedition of John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts. He also runs a working group on using biological evolution as a guide for improving societal security systems, which produced the volume Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World (UC Press 2008), edited by Sagarin and Terence Taylor. He also studies environmental philosophy and history and is currently documenting the revolutionary transformation in science back towards primarily observational, rather than experimental, methodologies.

Dr. Sagarin has served as a Geological Society of America Congressional Science Fellow in the office of U.S. Representative Hilda Solis. Sagarin has taught ecology and environmental policy at Duke University, California State University Monterey Bay, and University of California, Los Angeles. His research has appeared in Science, Nature, Conservation Biology, Ecological Monographs, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Foreign Policy, and other leading journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Rafe's Links

  • Public Trust The Gulf oil disaster has sparked new interest in my work on the Public Trust Doctrine
  • Natural Security Project An interdisciplinary project looking at what we can learn from nature about security in society
  • The Desert Sea Initiative A project to combine the expertise and passion about marine studies, especially those around the Gulf of California, that exists in the Sonoran desert
  • Reprints and Published Work Descriptions and links to my scientific and other research
  • CV A list of my papers, grants, speaking engagements and academic service

Alan Weisman

Professor, School of Journalism
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Professor, Center for Latin American Studies
Affiliate Faculty, Institute of the Environment
MS, Journalism, Northwestern University, 1971
(520) 626-6407
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Alan Weisman teaches international journalism at the University of Arizona. Much of his writing is about how the environment, economics, international relations, and human society and culture intersect. He is the author of An Echo In My Blood, Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, La Frontera: The United States Border With Mexico, and We, Immortals. His reports, set in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Antarctica, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle and Far East, have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Audubon, Mother Jones, Discover, Condé Nast Traveler, and in several anthologies. They have also aired on National Public Radio and Public Radio International. He is a senior producer for Homelands Productions. His current projects include research on the future of energy, and his forthcoming book The World Without Us, which discusses what the Earth would be like without human beings.