Teaching environmental anthropology can be difficult mentally and emotionally. I didn't get into this field because I felt hopeless. I got in because of my love of natural history and trying to understand why people would continue to make stupid environmental decisions despite knowing the consequences (but that's a post for another day). Yet the … Continue reading Something’s Gotta Change
Only 5 more days until the fall term starts at University of Maryland. That means my lazy summer days writing and researching in t-shirts and flip flops while sipping green tea are coming to an end. It is bittersweet. I am super excited to get back into the classroom. Like jittery and happy because of … Continue reading Happy Academic New Year!
One of the frustrating things I experience in teaching ecological and environmental anthropology is demonstrating how amazingly cool and interconnected our world is while sitting inside a classroom. People and researchers living and working in places, talking about and showing their experience of the human-environment relationship, are way more interesting than dry slides or discussions. … Continue reading Teaching anthropology with VR and Interactive Media
Despite my husband's concern that I have been wasting time on Twitter recently, I really have been doing research. Anthropologists collect data in a lot of strange places. As part of a research team focused on the African vulture decline I have interviewed farmers, pastoralists, government workers, teachers, business people, and other conservation-oriented folks in … Continue reading What I learned ‘listening’ to Vulture Tweets
When I introduce myself at the start of the term, I always try to give my students a sense of how I became a scholar. A lot of young people seem to think that you must start at point A and there is only one direct path to point B. I know that I thought … Continue reading What’s Good About a Winding Career Path
I've been working on a project for over a year now investigating the belief use of vultures and vulture parts in various sub-Saharan African cultures. One area of this belief use is for medicine - curing physical and mental illnesses. When I talk about my work, I often get an initial look of disbelief and … Continue reading Animals as Medicine Pt. 1
Internet forgive me. It has been a couple of years since my last blog post. The synergy of sending off my APT materials, the end of some personal issues, and a drive to talk about what I do (even if no one is listening) brings me here. I also need to get back into a … Continue reading Why now?