Aldo Leopold and The Land Ethic

Topic: Aldo Leopold and “Sustainability” through a Historical Lens

Institution: The Center for Humans and Nature, The Aldo Leopold Institute

Bio: Dr. Curt Meine is a conservation biologist and writer based in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. He received his bachelor’s degree in English and History from DePaul University in Chicago and his graduate degrees in Land Resources from the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His doctoral dissertation was a biography of Aldo Leopold, published as Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work (University of Wisconsin Press, 1988). Curt currently serves as the Director of Conservation Biology and History for the Center for Humans and Nature, as a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and as a research associate with the International Crane FoundationHe is also active locally as a founding member of the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance in Sauk County, Wisconsin.

Episode Summary:

Dr. Meine talks about the life and work of Aldo Leopold, including the influential A Sand County Almanac, and the notion of sustainability as a “land ethic.”


Aldo Leopold Foundation:

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time:

Center for Humans and Nature:

“On a Monument to the Pigeon” from A Sand County Almanac — Aldo Leopold

Wes Jackson — Land Institute

Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy — Peter Brown and Geoffrey Garver

 Dr. Meine’s Top Three:

1. Ernst Mayr: The Growth of Biological Thought: Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance
2. Wallace Stegner: Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West
3. Donald Worster and Bill Cronon: anything and everything they’ve written!


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Intro/Outtro Music: Bolling: Suite For Cello And Jazz Piano Trio – Baroque In Rhythm