Hello, and welcome to my blog!
My name is Heather, and I’m a Cuban-American PhD student, writer, and lecturer living, working, and studying in Nottingham, England. My original home, however, is sunny and vibrant (if excessively materialistic!) Miami, FL, where I did my undergrad at the University of Miami. I have such fond memories of my time at the ‘U’, from its world-class staff to my one-year internship with the R.J Dunlap Marine Conservation Program researching and collecting data from among our planet’s most ancient predators. In addition to missing my family who live spread out between Miami and Cuba, the things I miss most from home are succulent mangoes and bold Cuban coffee- true tropical treasures!
Upon graduating I got accepted into the University of Kent- located in the picturesque city of Canterbury in the southeast of England- for an environmental social science MSc program. I had never been to the UK or continental Europe before, so I was equal parts apprehensive and ecstatic when the time came to pack everything and move over 4,000 miles across the Atlantic to my new home…and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Though I must admit, it took me some time to get accustomed to the 24-hour clock and learning to say ‘crisps’ instead of ‘chips’!
I constantly find myself wondering where the time has gone. Now I’m nearing the latter stages of my PhD, which centres around investigating radical environmental activists’ behavioural motivations, ecological world-views, and visions of a more socio-ecologically harmonious future. I also teach university students on modules ranging from ethics and political philosophy to criminological theory. I’m officially a published author, with an essay in a book of collected fiction pieces from around the world entitled, ‘My Utopia‘, as well as articles published on various online platforms including The Conversation! It’s been a truly exciting and rewarding journey so far, one for which I’m eternally grateful.
Though everything in my life has been grounded in and centred around my passion for the natural world and our animal counterparts, and today they’re under considerable threat as anthropogenic climate change and the 6th mass extinction steadily undermine the very foundations of life as we’ve known it. So, I dedicate this blog to our co-evolutionary kin and all things wild, as a platform on which to share and discuss ideas around how to build a better world for the flourishing of all.
I hope you find the pictures and written pieces on here of some value. Until every cage is empty, and all chains unbound!