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Phd Candidate, Natural Resource Sciences, Leadership for the Ecozoic Program, McGill University

I received my BA in Anthropology from McGill University in 2013. I then spent two years as a student and teacher at the Wilderness Awareness School in Washington State. There I learned to put my anthropological training into rewilding practice. Returning to academia, I received an MSc in People and Environment (Anthropology) at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Presently, I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences (Renewable Resources) at McGill University as part of the Leadership for the Ecozoic program.

My research focuses upon the growing nature-connection movement. By ethnographically examining the ways in which these groups are attempting to ‘rewild’ their (human) cultures I am looking to tease out how both classic anthropological questions, knowledge, and categories are taken up, asked and answered by this emerging trend. This includes a re-assement of the conflicted concept of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, the charged history and implications of hunter-gatherer studies, the prospect of ‘new animisms’, biosemiotics and the possibilities for an anthropology beyond the human, and theories of political ontology. By attending, and corresponding with, the manners by which these groups engage with each other and the more-than-human world, through animal tracking, wild harvesting, cultural rituals of connection, and so on, I examine their rewilding praxis and the implications for personal, as well as cultural change amidst a time of ecological catastrophes, and seeming deracination.

My supervisors are Dr. Peter G. Brown and Dr. Eduardo Kohn.


  • –present
    Phd Student, NRS, Leadership for the Ecozoic Program, McGill University


  • 2016 
    University of Aberdeen, Anthropology (w/ Distinction)
  • 2013 
    McGill University, Anthropology


  • 2020
    Chapter: The Civilicene and its Alternatives: Anthropology and its Longue Durée, Liberty and the Ecological Crisis
  • 2019
    From the Anthropocene to Mutual Thriving: An Agenda for Higher Education in the Ecozoic, Sustainability