How Wild Is Wilderness? Emma Marris At UW

Apr 23, 2015

Science and environment writer Emma Marris will give a seminar tonight on the University of Wyoming campus.

Emma Marris is the author of Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World. In the book she says, through climate change and other factors, humans have impacted every spot on the globe, so we may need to rethink what wilderness and nature mean.  

She says her latest project is thinking about whether wolves can still be considered wild.

"Currently I’m working on a project about wolves in the West," she says. "I’m interested not so much in whether there should be wolves or shouldn’t be wolves, but about what it means to have a GPS collar on a wolf, to know where it is all the time, to have scientists who get text messages from wolves. And what that says about our definition of wild."

Tonight’s public seminar is called Rambunctious Gardening in Action. It will be at 7 p.m. in the Berry Center on the University of Wyoming campus.