Eileen Crist received her Bachelor's from Haverford College in Sociology in 1982, and her PhD from Boston University in 1994, also in Sociology with a specialization in life sciences and society. She has been teaching at Virginia Tech in the Department of Science and Technology in Society since 1997. She is author of Images of Animals: Anthropomorphism and Animal Mind. She is also co-editor of a number of books, including Gaia in Turmoil: Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis, Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation, and Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth. She is author of numerous academic and popular papers and a contributor to the late journal Wild Earth. Her work focuses on biodiversity loss and destruction of wild places, and pathways to halt these trends. More information and publications can be found on her website.