I study the moral and political dimensions of humanity’s relationship with the natural world. I am the author of Why It’s OK to Eat Meat and co-editor (with David Schmidtz) of Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works. In 2020, my paper, “Harm, Responsibility, and the Far-off Impacts of Climate Change,” won the International Society for Environmental Ethics’ Holmes Rolston III Early Career Prize in Environmental Philosophy. I teach courses on ethics, political philosophy, and interdisciplinary topics at the intersections of philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE). For the 2022–23 academic year, I will be a Visiting Scholar in philosophy at Tulane University.
In addition to my academic work, I am an active member of New Orleans’ conservation community. In partnership with the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Orleans Audubon, Pontchartrain Conservancy, Native Plant Initiative of Greater New Orleans, and Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater New Orleans, I am leading a project with Liz Sigler and John Bishop to support urban bird habitat restoration and environmental education at the University of New Orleans. We are establishing a campus bird trail, planting over 120 native bird-friendly trees, and providing educational experiences to primarily low-income, minority, first-generation college-seeking high school students in UNO’s TRiO Upward Bound program.