Benjamin Hale

BENJAMIN HALE is associate professor in the Philosophy Department and the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. From 2006-2008 he was Director of the Philosophy Department's Center for Values and Social Policy. He continues active engagement with the Center, and is particularly instrumental in co-coordinating the annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress with Alastair Norcross. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, which is associated with CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. His primary area of research interest is environmental ethics, though he maintains active interest in a wide range of concerns in applied ethics, normative ethics, and even metaethics. Much of his recent work centers on ethical and environmental concerns presented by emerging technologies. 

For more information, see Professor Hale's personal website, his CV, and his personal photo album: prettygoodpics.


Alexander Lee

ALEXANDER LEE is Assistant Professor of Philosophy as Alaska Pacific University. He is a faculty member at the Institute of Culture and Environment and teaches courses in environmental philosophy, the philosophy of science, ethics, and environmental policy in the Liberal Studies program.  Alex is also currently the Secretary for the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE)

Before joining the faculty at APU, Alex was a Lecturer at the University of Colorado, Boulder, were he taught classes in the Environmental Studies Program, Department of Philosophy, and at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. Alex completed his Ph.D. in the 'Theory and Values' track of the Environmental Studies Program at CU Boulder and also holds a Master's degree from Boulder in environmental studies and a Bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in Philosophy and Earth Science. His research focuses on applied environmental philosophy and conservation policy; he is specifically interested in the ethics of environmental change, obligations to conserve nature, and ecological restoration. Alex has published work on normative environmental ethics, restoring nature, climate change, and environmental conservation. 

When not philosophizing, Alex can be found playing outside! Check out some of his pictures and stories here

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Adam Pérou Hermans Amir

Adam is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Florida State University. He completed his PhD in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Colorado, Boulder and is a graduate of Colgate University in New York. His work seeks to describe, address, and remedy conflicts between international wildlife conservation and social justice. 

Adam also holds a Masters Degree in Natural History filmmaking and Science Communication from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. His films span six continents and have screened in thirteen festivals across nine countries. When not filming or studying, Adam enjoys wandering, foraging, and exploring.

For more information and the films, see Adam's personal website.


Lucy McAllister

Lucy McAllister is a PhD student in the Environmental Studies Program and a member of ComET's "Ecofeminism Working Group." She graduated summa cum laude from Connecticut College in 2009 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and German Studies. Before coming to study at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Fall of 2011, Lucy spent time in Hamburg, Germany on a Fulbright scholarship and then worked at the German Consulate in Chicago, Illinois. For her PhD research, she is studying the political economy dimensions of electronic waste commodity chains. She also enjoys pottery in her free time.


Jordan Kincaid

Jordan M. Kincaid is a Ph.D. student of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder focusing on environmental philosophy and policy. He received his M.S. in Environmental Policy from Bard CEP in New York and his B.A. in Philosophy (Special & Departmental Honors) and Government from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a former Visiting Fellow at the University of North Texas' Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity involved with the Future of Energy Project.

His prospective dissertation research examines the role of modern secular mythology as a vehicle for socio-environmental values, ethics, and politics, specifically focusing on the idea of progress and the idea of sustainability. He also works on the ideology and politics of risk, the philosophy of energy, the ethics and politics of fracking, and the ethics and politics of climate change-related sea level rise.

Beyond the academy, he enjoys being outdoors and with friends, entert(r)aining the dog, shreddin' the gnar, playing music, exploring wilderness, and the eternal quest for yet unknown delicious and healthy foods. 

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Lee Brann

Lee Brann is a recent graduate of the Environmental Studies Master’s Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and continues to collaborate with the ComET team on issues of conservation, endangered species, and wildlife. He specializes in environmental policy. Lee’s work has aimed to shed light on the manner in which science, values, and thought inform decisions and policy concerning endangered species, wildlife, and conservation more broadly. His graduate research examined the scientific, normative, and practical merits of recent policy changes concerning implementation of the US Endangered Species Act. Completing a curriculum focused on the complex interactions between science, values, and environmental policy, Lee earned a Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Policy from CU-Boulder’s Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. In his spare time, Lee enjoys exploring Colorado’s breathtaking wilderness and engaging in all varieties of Colorado’s inexhaustible outdoor fun. 


Duncan Purves

Duncan Purves is a lecturer in the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Having completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Colorado in August 2013, he remains an active coordinator of the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress. His research interests include the ethics of emerging technologies, intergenerational justice, especially in relation to climate change, and theories of harm and well-being.

For more information about Dr. Purves's research, visit his personal website.