A short essay of mine was just published in Engagement, the blog of the Anthropology and Environment Society. The piece examines the story of Cobra Grande, a massive snake of Amazonian folklore that is implicated in the region’s ever-shifting hydrological landscape. I argue that Cobra Grande is more than just a quaint folk tale, but rather a “central Amazonian metaphor that reminds that our surroundings are in constant flux, and that humans are not the only ones responsible for this ongoing transformation.”
My first book Amazonia in the Anthropocene: People, Soils, Plants, Forests will be published this May with the University of Texas Press. You can order it here.
I just published a short essay in The Atlantic about my days checking gas lines. It illustrates how much of our infrastructure is designed to channel substances that we can’t fully control.
I just published an article titled Trail Trees: Living Artifacts (Vivifacts) of Eastern North America with my colleagues Brad Painter and Cailín Murray. It’s featured in the open access journal Ethnobiology Letters and it’s freely available to all.
The Culture & Agriculture Section of the American Anthropological Association is looking to expand its online and social media presence though a remunerated Web Fellow position. Ideally, candidates should hold (or be working toward) a graduate degree in anthropology and have interests in the relationship between culture and agriculture. If you have any questions about the position, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Lisa Markowitz, the current president of C&A.