Hanging out in a rambunctious garden

Emma Marris, author of Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World, believes that in the Anthropocene we should widen our repertoire of conservation strategies, rather than exclusively relying on traditional conservation methods that “look backwards.” Emma also shares how her own relationship with nature has changed over the years, and suggests that we can learn to appreciate all forms of nature, from weeds growing in sidewalk cracks to grand mountain landscapes.

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Emma Marris
Emma Marris a freelance writer based in Missouri. She covers the environment, evolution, energy, agriculture, and many other subjects. Emma worked for several years at Nature, and her work has also appeared in Conservation, Slate, Nature Medicine, and OnEarth. Her first book, Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World, was published in 2011. Emma has recently been blogging about “small nature” in urban settings at Everyday Nature.


Mike Osborne
Mike Osborne is currently a fifth year PhD student using stable isotope and trace metal geochemistry to analyze coral records from the western Pacific.  In particular, he is interested in decadal scale variability and dynamics in the El Niño/La Niña Southern Oscillation (ENSO) system.  His current fieldwork is done in the Republic of Palau and Easter Island.  In addition to his paleoclimate research, Mike has developed and taught science communication courses at Stanford.  These courses are project-based and generally focus on 21st century environmental issues.