Future Ecologies

Future Ecologies

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Exploring the shape of our world through ecology, design, and sound


REISSUE - FE1.3 - The Loneliest Plants
Oct 17 • 47 min
Today is the 10th anniversary of the rediscovery of the Franciscan manzanita! To celebrate, we’re re-releasing this episode from Season 1. What do you do when you find the last individual of a species previously thought to be extinct? The two rarest…
FE2.3 - Communia Omnia
Oct 9 • 61 min
Who, or what, is a Naturalist? With the help of author Briony Penn, we trace the intertwined stories of two pivotal characters in the modern environmental movement: Cecil Paul (Wa’xaid) & the late Ian McTaggart-Cowan. These larger-than-life figures…
FE2.2 - On Fire pt. 3 “In the Wobble”
Sep 11 • 64 min
Another year, another fire season. We’ve already had a lot to say about wildfire, forest science, traditional ecological knowledge, and prescribed burning, but we’re not done yet! In this episode, we tour the Province of BC (and dip down into Washington…
FE2.1 - Enlichenment and the Triage of Life
Aug 7 • 65 min
Lichens: ecosystems unto themselves. They’re diverse, apparently ubiquitous, and foundational to life on terrestrial earth. But this episode isn’t really about lichen. It’s about an endangered species that relies on a lichen diet – a diet that is…
UNLOCKED – Meet Your Jellyfish Overlords
Mar 6 • 76 min
We’ve unlocked our 11-episode Patreon series – Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin, and occasionally the two of us, dive deep into jellyfish species and phyla. Find stories and science on: - Aurelia labiata (the moon jelly) - Turritopsis dohrnii (the immortal jelly) -…
True Dreams: The Music of Season 1
Jan 30 • 2 min
We’ve dropped an album. Those in the know might recognize the prolific Sunfish Moon Light as the musical alter-ego of Future Ecologies co-host, Adam Huggins. Now you can listen to the original, full-length instrumentals that set the mood for Season 1.…
FE1.11 - Funerary Ecologies
Dec 5, 2018 • 51 min
Forever is a really long time. This episode is about death, and its transformative power on the landscape. It’s also the last episode of Season 1. It may be trivial to remind you that death is an unavoidable part of life. However, death is an act that…
FE1.10 - Rushing Downriver
Nov 21, 2018 • 39 min
In this conclusion to our series on dam removal, we travel from the Klamath up to the Olympic Peninsula, and the site of the former Elwha and Glines Canyon dams. What did it actually take to bring the dams down, and what lessons can we take forward to…
FE1.9 - Swimming Upstream
Nov 7, 2018 • 47 min
Dams remain one of the ultimate demonstrations of human power over nature. Wild rivers can be tamed to deliver energy for industry, lakes for recreation, and water for agriculture. But severing the link between land and sea has come with grave ecological…
FE1.8 - Jellyfishing for Answers
Oct 24, 2018 • 51 min
How are human activities changing our oceans, and why do these changes all seem to support a new age of jellyfish? What are these ancient, diverse beings: harbingers of doom, or simply the most well-adapted form of life in the sea? In this episode we go…
FE1.7 - Help Not Helping
Sep 26, 2018 • 52 min
Almost exactly one year ago, a series of devastating earthquakes rocked southern Mexico. But what if it’s not the earthquakes themselves that pose the greatest threat to these communities? The conflict between institutional and grassroots disaster…
FE1.6 - On Fire pt. 2 “Combustible Communities”
Sep 12, 2018 • 54 min
In this second part of our two-episode series, On Fire, we look at ways to move our civilization forward – without continuing to deny the role of fire in our landscapes. We discuss how prescribed burns are currently conducted, radical new (and old)…
FE1.5 – On Fire pt. 1 “Camas, Cores, and Spores”
Aug 29, 2018 • 50 min
The past two years have been the worst fire years on record across the west coast of North America, with whole communities being engulfed in flames and smoke enveloping major cities for weeks. But as the airways fill once again with stories of valiant…
FE1.4 - Luces en el Cielo
Aug 15, 2018 • 53 min
During the devastating September 9, 2017 earthquake off the coast of southern Mexico, residents of Mexico City and Quetzaltenango, Guatemala witnessed mysterious bursts of light in the sky. These lights, however, were not UFOs, exploding transformers, or…
FE1.3 - The Loneliest Plants
Aug 1, 2018 • 47 min
What do you do when you find the last individual of a species previously thought to be extinct? The two rarest plants on earth both live in the Presidio of San Francisco, they’re both in the same genus, and there’s only one left of each. Is there a future…
FE1.2 - This is Where it Begins
Jul 18, 2018 • 56 min
The story of modern-day North America begins with the systematic genocide and displacement of indigenous peoples. The social and ecological consequences of this founding trauma have become clearer over time, but so far relatively little has been done to…
FE1.1 - Decolonize this Podcast
Jul 17, 2018 • 24 min
Future Ecologies is recorded on the unceded territories of the Musqueam (xwməθkwəy̓əm) Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh), and Tsleil- Waututh (Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh) Nations - otherwise known as Vancouver, British Columbia. But what does that mean? Find show notes…