By Eben Kirksey, University of New South Wales § Originally published in Somatosphere A crowd-sourced Indiegogo funding campaign that raised over $45,000 for do-it-yourself gene editing kits in December, asks: “If you had access to modern synthetic biology tools, what would you create?” This campaign, which aims to democratize science “so everyone has access,” was launched by … More Who Is Afraid of CRISPR Art?
By Sophie Chao, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia § First published in Anthropology & Environment Society’s section of Anthropology News Rejecting human exceptionalism and exploring the subjective lifeworlds and particular agencies of non-human species with whom human existence is intertwined, the multispecies turn challenges us with the possibility of biocultural hope in the blasted landscapes of the Anthropocene (Kirksey et … More Plantworlds in West Papua
By Daniel Allen Solomon, De Anza College and Cabrillo College § The “monkey temple” on Jakhoo Hill in Shimla hosts a rowdy but well integrated bunch of rhesus macaques. Though the monkeys graze upon the grassy lawns at Jakhoo Mandir, and eat a variety of plant foods from the adjacent city and woodlands, they take … More Some Organs of My Primate Body
By Jared Margulies, University of Maryland Baltimore County, photographs by Indra Kumar, reproduced with permission § Indra shows me some photographs he’s taken recently of a variety of animals. I’m sitting with him as he explains why he took each picture, what he likes (or doesn’t) in each photograph, and their technical merits. These photographs are strictly … More Revisiting the Human in These Multispecies Landscapes
By Kay E. Lewis-Jones, University of Kent § Attending to the Seed On a December afternoon in the upper west side of Manhattan, a group of people sat in a darkened room and tried to think like seeds. In their hands they held their mentors – Acer rubrum seeds from a park across the street – and … More What the Seed Knows of the Soil
By Jared Margulies, University of Maryland Baltimore County § Editor’s note: Jared‘s post is a first in a series from his fieldwork on conservation in India. Figure 1. Photograph taken after seeing a Bengal tiger in Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu, India. Photograph by the Author. October 1, 2015 Field Notes On my way to Gudlupet … More Reflections upon Seeing a Tiger in the Wild for the First Time
By Lewis Daly, University of Oxford § “Plants feel!” “Forests think!” “Trees talk to one another!” In recent years, the topic of plant intelligence has been making the science pages of news publications with increasing regularity. Consider, for instance, November’s BBC article detailing a host of expert opinions on topics such as plant cognition and the … More What Kind of People are Plants? The Challenges of Researching Human-Plant Relations in Amazonian Guyana