Unnatural Histories

Contents

1. Genetically Modified Organisms
2. The Hitchhikers Guide
3. Dazzling Urbanites
4. Distress and Despair
5. Pick Up the Pieces
6. Do Not Disturb
7. The Bountiful Harvest
8. Captivated

Genetically Modified Organisms

Welcome to the blog series Unnatural Histories!

The world’s a stage. So too in the natural sciences, George Evelyn Hutchinson talked of an evolutionary play being acted out in the ecological theatre. In the modern era, humanity has constructed a theatre unlike anything seen before. Crumbling walls, a leaking roof, the building is in a state of disrepair, collapse is imminent. With over a million species presently threatened with extinction, most of the contemporary performances in this ailing venue are tragedies.

Yet hope springs eternal.

Rewilding is an attempt to restore the theatre to its former grandeur. Some have argued this to be pure folly - we lack the resources and the vision to pull off such an ambitious rebuild. Besides, nature does not stand still. The world as it was before is confined to the annals of history. The world as it will be resides solely in the haze of future possibilities. In this series we will describe the architecture of the modern ecological theatre, explore how this new environment has influenced the evolutionary stories of its actors, and speculate on the catalogue of dramas that await us. Curtain up!

The Hitchhikers Guide

coming soon!

Dazzling Urbanites

coming soon!

Distress and Despair

coming soon!

Pick Up the Pieces

coming soon!

Do Not Disturb

coming soon!

The Bountiful Harvest

coming soon!

Captivated

coming soon!