Seeking the space to explore life’s big questions, Brooke joined the Center for Humans and Nature in 2005 as a Research Associate. She has been the President of the Center since 2008. Whether through the Center’s Questions for a Resilient Future program or other Center initiatives, her work explores what it means to be human and what our responsibilities are to each other and the whole community of life.
Brooke earned her BA in biology from Dartmouth College and a Master of Science degree from the University of Melbourne. Her work in Australia was the starting point for her interest in ecological edges and what these threshold zones can tell us about ecosystem health, our own well being, and our relationships with the land.
Brooke received her PhD in ecosystem ecology from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. At Yale, Brooke continued her research on ecological edges. Her field work took her to Iceland, where she was also a Fulbright Fellow. After her work at Yale, and before joining the Center, Brooke was an Exchange Scholar at Harvard University.
Brooke’s interests are as broad as the Center’s—ecology, evolutionary biology, psychology, physics, theology, neuroscience, philosophy, history, ethology and more.
SELECTED CONTRIBUTIONS TO HUMANS & NATURE:
Video from Questions for a Resilient Future:
- A panel moderated by Brooke Hecht with Robin Kimmerer, Kathleen Dean Moore, Carol Gould, and Julianne Lutz Warren on democracy, climate change, and what Earth asks of us.
Articles in Minding Nature:
- Introduction to the Center for Humans and Nature Manifesto
- What Can Ecology Tell Us About the Nature of Reality?
- The End of Philosophy?
City Creatures Blog Post: