My scholarship focuses on the twin sides of the fossil-fuel coin: global climate change and energy depletion (commonly known as peak oil). My work on the latter topic encompasses economic consequences of energy depletion, including collapse of the world's industrial economy.

In my role as a social critic, I point out the routine absurdities associated with the culture of make believe known as mainstream America. These efforts at social criticism generate scorn, resentment, and the lowest professorial salary in the College. Ultimately, these consequences led to my very early departure from the University of Arizona.

I began my career as a terrestrial plant ecologist. By the time I achieved tenure at this institution, my interests had turned to the development and creative application of ecological theory within the context of biological conservation. In this role, I facilitated research by undergraduate and graduate students and I prepared synthetic documents focused on articulation of the links between (1) environmental protection, social justice, and the human economy and (2) science and its application.

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To be in opposition is not to be a nihilist. And there is no decent or charted way of making a living at it. It is something you are, not something you do. (Christopher Hitchens)