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Bron-TaylorBron Taylor is Professor of Religion, Nature and Environmental Ethics at The University of Florida. He is also a Carson Fellow of the Rachel Carson Center (at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munchen), and an Affiliated Scholar with the Center for Environment and Development at Oslo University. As an interdisciplinary environmental studies scholar, Taylor’s research and teaching engages the quest for environmentally sustainable and more equitable societies.

Taylor earned his Ph.D. in Social and Religious Ethics from the University of Southern California, and he has taught at The University of California, Long Beach, The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, The University of Florida, and at the University of Colorado.

An academic entrepreneur and program builder, he led the initiative to create an academic major in Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, later initiated and was elected president of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, while also founding its affiliated journal and becoming its editor. Appointed as the Samuel S. Hill Ethics Professor at the University of Florida in 2002, he played a leading role in constructing the world’s first Ph.D. program with an emphasis in Religion and Nature.

Professor Taylor’s central scholarly interest and personal passion is the conservation of the earth’s biological diversity and how human cultures might evolve rapidly enough to arrest and reverse today’s intensifying environmental and social crises.