Italian Anthropocene Landscapes

In my latest research, I have turned to look at the historical ecology of peasant landscapes in Italy, to ask how historical legacies of landscape change have shape landscapes and inform contemporary debates about climate change. Italy is a particularly good place to think about the Anthropocene, our contemporary era where humans have impacted almost every aspect of the global environment, because almost every part of the landscape has been shaped by interactions between people, trees, animals, and soils. I am now working on a book on tree cultivation and climate change politics in Central Italy, looking at chestnut cultivation, pine nut cultivation, and biomass energy politics.