JAMES HIGHAM talks about primates and primatology; long-term fieldwork in Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico and Gashaka Gumti National Park in Nigeria; and the ethics and politics of conservation. In September 2017, Hurricane Maria, now considered the strongest storm to hit the Caribbean islands in recorded history, hit Cayo Santiago and its resident rhesus macaques. This conversation begins with the devastating hurricane and opens up to questions about value, human agency, scientific expertise, and the urgent need for interdisciplinary collaboration.
Episode 04 | Recorded June 2019 in New York City
ELIZABETH HÉNAFF, computational biologist and designer, discusses her collaborative investigations of bacteria that live in the waters of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, as well as the significance of scientific apparatuses and creative methods.
Episode 05 | Recorded February 2020 in New York City
HEATHER DAVIS, writer and feminist/queer theorist, studies plastic and describes its ubiquity, histories, and futures in the production of “toxic progeny”—humans and nonhumans born of petrochemicals and war.
About The Lab
We aim to raise critical awareness about environmental damage and the challenges of multispecies survival. Through sound, we explore the work of art, the power of love and rage, the science of wonder and play.
Listen to natural and social scientists, historians, artists, writers, and theorists speak about working with organisms and landscapes that are on the one hand, rapidly being transformed by industrialization and extraction, and on the other, relentlessly adapting to novel socialities.