Table of Contents
• Table of Contents
• About me
• My Writing
- Ideas in Ecocultural Communication
– Nonfiction & Science Writing Strategies
– Book Summaries: Key Ideas
• Tools I Use For Research and Writing
• Work with me
• Stay in touch
Hi there! My name is Gavin. I have an M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. My main research examines how language and culture shape human relationships with threatened species and places, with most of my work focused on Hawaiian green sea turtles in Hawai‘i. There, I explore how tourism and conservation influence how we think, feel, and act around these incredible creatures.
A little more background: My Ph.D. training is in sociocultural linguistics, with specializations in intercultural interaction and environmental communication. In short, my research explores these 3 basic questions:
- What stories do we tell about our relationship to the natural world?
- How and why do we tell these stories?
- Do these stories help or hinder our collective ability to address the environmental challenges of our time; what destructive stories dominate, and what alternative stories could we be telling?
My research interests today have spilled over into a whole bunch of other topics at the intersection of communication, culture, and environment. I write about these topics on Medium, as well as my weekly ecolinguistics digest: Wild Ones. You can also learn more about my academic research here, or follow me on Twitter!
Besides writing and doing research, I spend most of my time downloading too many research articles to ever read, wishing I hiked more, and surfing at my favorite spots here on O‘ahu to maintain my sanity in these crazy times.
My writing on Medium is focused on three main areas: 1) ideas in ecocultural storytelling and communication, 2) nonfiction & science writing tips and strategies, and 3) book summaries of key ideas that inform and inspire me, and hopefully others too.
Much of my writing in ecolinguistics and environmental communication can be found on the Medium publication I run called Wild Ones.
In addition to my public-facing writing on Medium, I also actively publish research in the fields of applied linguistics, interactional sociolinguistics, and environmental communication. You can find links to my published research here.
Ideas in Ecocultural Communication
A Beginner’s Guide To Environmental Communication
What is environmental communication, and why does it matter?
8 principles for impactful visual communication of climate change
Eight principles to guide you in making better visual choices in your climate communication and activism
‘Eating Is an Agricultural Act’
The Wendell Berry quote that frames Michael Pollan’s environmental writing
A Dog-Centric Approach To Our Global Challenges
‘Who we are with dogs is who we are as people.’ — Alexandra Horowitz
Five Writing Tools For Compelling Environmental Communication
Use these tools to guide you in making better communication choices in your nature writing and environmental…
An Environmental Keyword For Genre-Bending Nature Writers
How ‘becoming-with’ can shift the emphasis away from anthropocentrism in the environmental stories we tell.
Nonfiction & Science Writing
Invite Your Writing Demons in for Tea
Four writing myths bedeviling your writing progress, and one strategy to dispel them
‘Park Downhill’ and Other Essential Advice for Science Writers
Ed Yong on the Craft of Science Writing and Communication
Choose a Philosopher
How choosing a philosopher can help you write to find out what you think.
Air and Light and Time and Space: How to Build Our Writing House
What a Charles Bukowski poem reveals about the balance between joy and productivity in developing a body of work.
‘Always start out as an idiot’
4 Lessons From Michael Pollan To Illuminate Your Nonfiction Writing
What the Ecology of Perception Can Teach Us About the Magic of Writing
‘If we don’t recognize writing as magic, we tend to fall under its spell.’ – David Abram
‘Prize Light Over Heat’ and Other Essential Advice for Science Writers
4 Tips From Ed Yong on the Craft of Science Writing and Communication
Book Summaries: Key Ideas
Breathing ‘Plus’: What Is The Perfect Breath?
James Nestor’s book ‘Breath’ chronicles the new science on the ancient art of better breathing.
5 Books That Transformed How I Think About Wildlife Conservation
Why wildlife conservation will depend on finding new stories to tell
A Mycologist On What It’s Like To Be A Fungus
Four rhizomatic ideas that will change the way you see the natural world from Merlin Sheldrake’s new book ‘Entangled…
‘The Year Without A Summer’: The Climatic Origin of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
How climate change caused by the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history inspired the first modern science…
‘The future in science fiction is just a metaphor for now’
Cory Doctorow, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Amitav Ghosh on why science fiction still struggles to be taken seriously.
Debunking Myths About Aldo Leopold’s Environmental Philosophy
How two sentences in Leopold’s famous essay, ‘the land ethic,’ became so widely influential, and so widely…
Tools I Use For Research and Writing
I run a weekly digest where I share helpful tips and tools for environmental writing and communication. I’ll be updating this section regularly with the best writing tools I find.
Work with me
As an expert in science writing, communication, and environmental storytelling, here’s how I can help you:
- I can do speaking engagements
- I can edit/proofread your nonfiction document or manuscript
- I can write an engaging blog post about any environmental topic
- I can guide you through the writing process for your blog or book
Stay in touch
Please don’t hesitate to contact me for consultations or questions.