This month we sit down with PhD candidate and climate researcher Dylan Harris. Dylan joined us at the end of August to host a storytelling and climate conference at Foxfire, that shared the experiences of climate researchers, geographers, and storytellers from Appalachia and Alaska.

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Dylan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University, and he completed his undergraduate work at the University of Southern Mississippi, followed by a Master’s program at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His work focuses on the relationship people (and non-people) share with their environment and the way that cultural and environmental narratives overlap and inform one another. Dylan’s research is interdisciplinary, drawing from the social and physical sciences, as well as the arts and humanities to think more creatively and expansively about climate change.  The aim of this work is to make climate change more meaningful and manageable, and less ambiguous, in communities that are ultimately among the most impacted by the rapidly changing climate. He is personally invested in the project of storytelling and have experienced firsthand – from previous research and work – the transformative capacity of stories.

Learn more about Dylan’s research here.