Bron Taylor is one of the world’s leading scholars in the field of religion and nature, and a core faculty member in UF’s Graduate Program in Religion and Nature, and Fellow of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society(opens in new tab) in Munich Germany, and the Leipzig Institute for European History in Mainz, Germany.
He is the Editor in Chief of the award winning Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature(opens in new tab) (2005), and he founded the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture(opens in new tab), and its affiliated Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture(opens in new tab), a quarterly journal, that he has also edited since 2007. In demand as a speaker, Professor Taylor has given over fifty keynote or invited lectures in eighteen countries, and over eighty more presentations in the United States, not counting dozens more at professional meetings.
Taylor’s own research focuses on the emotional, spiritual, ethical and political dimensions of environmental movements, both historically and in the contemporary world. He has led and participated in a variety of international initiatives promoting the conservation of biological and cultural diversity. His books include Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future (2010), Avatar and Nature Spirituality (2013), Ecological Resistance Movements: the Global Emergence of Radical and Popular Environmentalism (1995), and Affirmative Action at Work: Law, Politics and Ethics (1992).
Before coming to UF in 2002, Taylor taught at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, where he led an initiative to create a Bachelor’s degree program in Environmental Studies and became its director. Before that he served as Lifeguard and Peace Officer for the California State Department of Parks and Recreation. He received his Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California in 1988.
Lifetime Achievement Award, International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture