Van Wieren is an assistant professor in relgious studies at Michigan State University, author of the book, Restored to Earth: Christianity, Environmental Ethics, and Ecological Restoration (Georgetown University Press, 2013), and a paper based on a study (with Stephen R. Kellert, Yale University) on "The Origins of Aesthetic and Spiritual Values in Children's Experience of Nature" (Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 2013).
Van Wieren is a participant in the Values Roundtable of the New Academy for Nature and Culture -- http://environmentalprospect.org/the-values-roundtable/and the Blue River Quorum of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word -- http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/documents/BlueRiverEM.pdf.
She is a contributor to the Center for Humans and Nature City Creatures Blog -- http://www.humansandnature.org/blog/ and Planet Experts -- http://www.planetexperts.com/. Her current book projects include a) a monograph on religious responses to key issues in food ethics, b) an edited anthology (with Daniel Spencer and Eric Higgs) on the ethics of ecological restoration, and c) a collection of narrative essays on children's experience of nature through hunting and fishing. Van Wieren is 2015 recipient of the spring Writers-in-Residency program at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest of Oregon State University. She grew up on west Michigan's lakeshore.
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
- Carp Traps
A City Creatures blog post.
Restored to Earth: Christianity, Environmental Ethics, and Ecological Restoration
Gretel Van Wieren's book about culture and ecological restoration.