Jarrad is an academic and writer living in Victoria. Having grown up on Vancouver Island, he has a deep love of the West Coast. A student (and sometimes teacher) of politics, philosophy, and anthropology, Jarrad’s writing has focused on understanding Western societies’ present-day relationships with the environment, and putting this into comparative historical, philosophical, and cross-cultural context. A major part of this work has involved studying the Amazonian Quichua language for a number of years. Whenever possible, he spends his summers in eastern Ecuador, interviewing and learning about Indigenous Quichua philosophy and ethics – especially around traditional ways of thinking about and relating to the land. He is also currently co-editing a book about the anthropologist Franz Boas’ work on the environment and Indigenous peoples of the West Coast. When not otherwise engaged, Jarrad spends as much time as possible hiking and foraging, growing stuff, working on his Quichua, and practicing kung fu.