Brett Buchanan

Director of the School of the Environment; Associate Professor

School of the Environment


I am the founding Director of Laurentian's School of the Environment, as well as Associate Professor of Philosophy. At LU I'm affiliated with the Humanities M.A. and the Ph.D. in Human Studies, programs through which I teach and supervise graduate students. My teaching and research centers on the intersections of contemporary continental philosophy, environmental humanities, and animal studies. Recent research has focused on a particular area of environmental humanities, namely philosophical ethology, through which I investigate how modes of behavior (human, animal, multispecied) are being impacted due to climate change. Of special interest is how this is theorized and applies to resilience, tolerance, adaptation, fragmentation, and extinction, for both species and ecosystems. I sit on a number of scholarly boards and committees, including Wilfrid Laurier University Press's "Environmental Humanities" book series, Environmental Humanities journal, and Rowman & Littlefield’s “Ecotones” book series. At Laurentian I am a founding core member of the research Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation (CEEEC). Education
  • DePaul University (PhD, 2006)
  • University of Western Ontario (MA, 1999)
  • University of Alberta (BA Hons, 1997)