We are an interdisciplinary group

of faculty at the University of Oklahoma dedicated to exploring the intellectual and ethical challenges raised by the Anthropocene. Through this blog we seek to foster and expand our conversation: by presenting our own reflections on the topic, and also by presenting readings from our various disciplines that we think contribute to the broad intellectual outlook the Anthropocene demands. Though we are based at OU, we list that affiliation solely for purposes of identification; posts here do not reflect the policies or positions of the institution, but are expressions of our own individual viewpoints.

Please click on an author’s name to see his or her posts–and for more on our goals and the organization of this site, please click the “About our blog” tab. To contact an author please use the form on the Copyright page.

We also present occasional posts by colleagues from outside of OU; see the “Guest Contributors” page for their bio’s.


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ROBERT BAILEY is an art historian and assistant professor in the School of Visual Arts at the University of Oklahoma. He researches the history of modern and contemporary art as well as the historiography and methodology of art history with a focus on relations of theory and practice in art and art history..

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THOMAS J. BURNS is Professor of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma, and is active in the Religious Studies and Environmental Studies programs and the Center for Social Justice there. His research focuses on the outcomes, evolution and emergence of social institutions from a comparative and historical perspective, particularly as they pertain to issues of well-being and sustainability.

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ANTONIO J. CASTRO is broadly interested in conservation biology, particularly in the links between the conservation of nature and the maintenance of human wellbeing. His research focuses on the characterization of social-ecological systems, and the multidimensional evaluation of ecosystem services. He is particularly interested in exploring trade-offs between the biophysical supply and the social demand of ecosystem services, and providing information needed for decision-making.

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KIRSTEN deBEURS is an associate professor in the department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, and current chair, at the University of Oklahoma. She has a background in remote sensing research with a strong understanding of the effect of institutional changes on the land surface, in particular in dryland regions, and is an author on more than 50 manuscripts and a PI or Co-PI on several large NASA and NSF funded projects.

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STEPHEN ELLIS is Associate Professor and Graduate Liaison in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma. He is interested in Decision Theory (both descriptive and normative) and Philosophy of Social Science (particularly in Philosophy of Economics).

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KIZA GATES is an ecologist and Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Oklahoma Biological Survey, University of Oklahoma. Her research explores how aquatic organisms respond to human induced stressors and how this response influences ecosystem function.

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JEFF KELLY is an ecologist specializing on life in the air – aeroecology. He is the director of the Oklahoma Biological Survey and a Professor of Biology at the University of Oklahoma.

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KATIE MARSHALL an Assistant Professor in OU’s Department of Biology Geographical Ecology cluster and is interested in the relative roles of means and extremes in shaping species poleward range boundaries and physiological adaptation to cold.

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TOM NEESON is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma. His research focuses on Conservation Biology, Landscape Ecology, Freshwater Ecosystems, Simulation and Modeling, and Statistics.

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ASA RANDALL is an archaeologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. His research, which focuses on ancient hunter-gatherers, considers the role of landscape alteration in the creation of social histories and identities.

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INGO SCHLUPP is a Professor of Biology at the University of Oklahoma. He is interested in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution. He is mainly working on the evolution and maintenance of sex and speciation. You can get an overview of the many projects in his lab on his website: http://www.ou.edu/schlupp/.

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PETER SOPPELSA is an assistant professor in the Department of the History of Science and managing editor of Technology and Culture at the University of Oklahoma. His research centers on the interdisciplinary intersection of urban, environmental, and technological history with currents in sociology and geography. He has written for French Historical Studies; French Politics; Culture and Society; History and Technology; Technology and Culture; and Transfers.

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LYNN SOREGHAN is a geologist and Professor of Geology in the School of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses primarily on reconstructing aspects of Earth’s climate, especially from “deep-time” (primarily Paleozoic) intervals.

Noah Theriault
NOAH THERIAULT s a sociocultural anthropologist and an Assistant Professor in OU’s Department of International & Area Studies, where he teaches courses on political ecology, environmental (in)justice, and Southeast Asia.  His current research explores the cultural politics of environmental regulation and indigeneity in the Philippines.  More info here: http://ntheriault.wordpress.com/.


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ZEV TRACHTENBERG is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma. He focuses on social and political philosophy, and approaches environmental issues from that point of view. His work on the Anthropocene grew out of a longstanding curiosity about the ways human beings interact with and transform the landscape. A summary of his research and teaching interests can be found at his departmental webpage.

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STEPHEN WELDON is an assistant professor in the History of Science Department at the University of Oklahoma. He studies issues in the area of science and religion. He is also the editor of the Isis Bibliography of the History of Science.

Meghan Wieters
K. MEGHAN WIETERS teaches courses in environmental planning, subdivision planning, history and theory, and planning related issues with public health and active living. She was a practicing planner in Austin, Texas for 10 years working in transit planning, neighborhood planning and non-motorized mode planning.

James Zeigler
JAMES ZEIGLER is Associate Professor of English and affiliated faculty in Environmental Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Since publishing a book in 2015 on the influence of anticommunism on the politics of race in the United States (Red Scare Racism), he has developed a research interest in popular representations of climate change and the rhetoric of debate over the Anthropocene.

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