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Daniel Botkin


Daniel Botkin is a scientist who studies life from a planetary perspective, a biologist who has helped solve major environmental issues, and a writer about nature. A frequent public speaker, Botkin brings an unusual perspective to his subject. Well-known for his scientific contributions in ecology and environment, he has also worked as a professional journalist and has degrees in physics, biology, and literature. His books and lectures show how our cultural legacy often dominates what we believe to be scientific solutions. He discusses the roles of scientists, businessmen, stakeholders, and government agencies in new approaches to environmental issues. He uses historical accounts by Lewis and Clark and Henry David Thoreau to discuss the character of nature and the relationship between people and nature.

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FEMA / Andrea Booher

The Fires Next Time

by Terry Anderson, Daniel Botkinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Drought, heat, bigger fires: forest management has to keep up.

Analysis and Commentary

Fighting Western Fires With Economics

by Terry Anderson, Daniel Botkinvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, June 19, 2014

The early onset of wildfires in the drought-stricken West has state and federal fire officials concerned that this could be a record wildfire season. Wildfires near San Diego, Calif., and Flagstaff, Ariz., have already burned thousands of acres.