Dr. William Lynn, CURes Senior Fellow for Ethics and Public Policy, was recently featured in an article in the Yakima Herald entitled: “An ethical dilemma: Is it OK to kill one species to save another?” This piece is the latest in a string of articles on the ethics of barred owl management for which Dr. Lynn has been interviewed. It is also the article most overtly focused on the ethics of this issue to date and raises a range of difficult ethics and policy questions.
If you are interested in the other articles on this topic, you can follow the barred owl tag-cloud link on Dr. Lynn’s website: http://www.williamlynn.net/tag/barred-owls/
Dr. Lynn’s research and teaching focus on ethics and public policy, with an emphasis on animals, the environment and sustainability. Standing astride the environmental humanities and social sciences, he uses ethics and interpretive policy analysis to explore how moral norms shape public policy.
He has worked on a wide range of local and global topics including wolf recovery, outdoor cats and biodiversity, barred and northern spotted owls, the Canadian seal hunt, the Earth Charter, global sustainability, sustainability science, and urban ecology. As a professor at Green Mountain College, Tufts University and Williams College he has taught courses in animal studies, environmental studies, ethics, human geography, qualitative research, and public policy.
He is the former Director of the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program at Tufts University, a founding editor of the international journal Ethics, Policy and Environment, former chair of the Ethics Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and an International Associate of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies. Dr. Lynn is also a consultant and keynote speaker, providing ethics advising, training, and social marketing to help citizens and organizations improve their toolbox for policy-making.