"Wolves and Moose, Science and Philosophy: toward the invisible fusion" by Michael P. Nelson
Date: Friday, April 11
Location: Peabody Hall, Room 205S
Start Time: 03:30 PM
End Time: 05:00 PM
Price: Free and open to the public
Michael P. Nelson, a philosopher and environmental ethicist, is the co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril with Kathleen Dean Moore. He has performed extensive research on the wolves and moose on Isle Royale. He is the Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Natural Resources and a professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University
Isle Royale in Lake Superior, North America, is home to the longest continuous study of a predator-prey system in the world. Currently in the midst of its 55th year, ecologists are learning how wolves and moose interact in this single-predator, single-prey system. But this isnt just about long-term ecological science. The Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project team also includes geneticists, social scientists, filmmakers, and one bewildered philosopher, Michael P. Nelson. The project has had important implications for and direct impact upon our policies about wolves, and offers an example of efforts to understand something about the human relationship with nature that lies at the edges or fusions of our academic disciplines. The project deals with the isolated wolf and moose communities on Isle Royale, including the genetic constitution of the wolves and ethical dimensions of whether or not to introduce new wolves.
This event is part of the Scott & Heather Kleiner Lecture Series, monthly colloquia in the Department of Philosophy featuring renowned scholars speaking on a wide variety of philosophical topics, and is supported by the Willson Center.