John S. Farnsworth, PhD, writes and teaches widely in the environmental humanities. As Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University, his teaching portfolio is mainly concerned with environmental thought, especially in terms of environmental writing and literature. His research interests, however, also focus on literary natural history, environmental rhetoric, historical ecology, and the natural history of Baja, California.
Dr. Farnsworth holds an MFA from Antioch University and an MLA from Stanford, having finally earned his PhD at the University of Stirling, in Scotland. He was one of the inaugural faculty fellows for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and consults actively on curriculum matters related to sustainability education.
In his spare time, Dr. Farnsworth engages in citizen science with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, helping to monitor hawk migration in Northern California. He has taken a special interest in raptor restoration, especially involving the Western Burrowing Owl and the California Condor.
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
Articles in Minding Nature: