Kurt L. Heidinger, Ph.D.



Executive Director, Biocitizen School of Field Environmental Philosophy


Ph.D. in English. University of Connecticut. May 2005.

M.A. in English. University of Connecticut. May 1994.

B.A. in Literature and Music. New York University. 1986. Summa cum laude.

Diploma. Jazz Studies. Mannes College of Music. 1986.


Books, co-authored with Ricardo Rozzi:

The Route of Darwin through the Cape Horn Archipelago. Bilingual English-Spanish edition. (Puntas Arenas: Ediciones de la Universidad de Magellanes, 2006). (276 pp.) ISBN 956-7189-35-8.

Multi-Ethnic Bird Guide of the Austral Temperate Forests of South America. Revised

English Edition. ed. Ricardo  Rozzi. (Santiago: Fantastico Sur, 2003).


The Miniature Forests of Cape Horn. (Santiago: Fantastico Sur, 2006).


The Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve: A Proposal of Conservation and Tourism to Achieve Sustainable Development at the Southern End of the Americas. eds. Ricardo Rozzi, Massardo, Francisca and Anderson, Christopher. Punta Arenas, Chile: U. de Magallanes, 2004.



“Field Environmental Philosophy and Biocultural Conservation: The Omora Ethnobotanical Park Educational Program.” Environmental Ethics. 30:3 (2008).

“Ten Criteria for Biocultural Conservation at the Southern Tip of the Americas: The Approach of the Omora Ethnobotanical Park.” Ecology and Society Journal 11:1 (2006). http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol11/iss1/art43/

“Siva and Derrida: An Abhinavaguptan Look at the Transcendental Signified.”

College Literature. Special Issue: Comparative Poetics: Non-Western Traditions of Literary Theory 23:1 (1996): 125-141.


Creative Writing:

“Beatitude” Long River Review 2 (2001): 68-81. Storrs: University of Connecticut.


Translation and narration:

Aillapan, Lorenzo. Twenty Winged Poems from the Native Forests of Southern Chile. ed. Ricardo Rozzi. CD-ROM 2 discs and illustrated book. Mexico City: Plaza Y Valdes Editores, 2001.

Editorial and research assistant:

Gatta, John. American Madonna: Images of the Divine Woman in Literary Culture. New

York, Oxford University Press: 1998.


“A Lived Utopia: Chile’s Omora Ethnobotanical Park.” Sixth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. June 2005. University of Oregon, Eugene.

“The Battle for Horsebarn Hill: UConn, Pfizer and the Citizens Who Kept Them From Destroying a Regional Water Supply.” Fourteenth North American Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment and Community. February 2004. Empire State College, State University of New York.

“Reconstructing ‘nature’s god’: The Animist Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Fifth Biennial Conference. June 2003. Association for the Study of Literature, Boston Massachusetts.

“A Naked Man Alone in the Womb of the Earth.” Gendered Landscapes Conference. May 1999. Pennsylvania State University.

“Edwin Way Teale Unbound: Or, A Country Gentleman Goes Berserk and then Tries to Hide the Evidence” for UConn Natural History Museum, Hampton, CT, 1998.


“A Bioregional Approach for Biocultural Conservation: The Omora Ethnobotanical Park Initiative in Cape Horn.” First DIVERSITAS Open Science Conference DIVERSITAS: Integrating biodiversity science for human well-being. November 9-12, 2005. Oaxaca, Mexico. Castledine, J., F. Massardo, A. Mansilla, U. Berghoefer, K. Heidinger, A. Berghoefer, C. Anderson & R. Rozzi. 2005.

Invited Talks:

“Captain Robert Fitzroy and the Colonization of the Cape Horn Region.” University of North Texas, 12 April 2005.

“Threats to the Clean Water Act and Implications for Connecticut.” Presented with Curt Johnson, Senior Attorney, Connecticut Fund for the Environment. Connecticut Watershed Conservation Network Conference. April 2003. Connecticut Forest and Park Association, Middlefield, Connecticut.

INTERVIEWS (selected):

Interviewed by Gail Braccidiferro. The New York Times.

“A Tree’s Limbs Stretch into Another Life.”

1 Jan. 2006: Section 14, 3.

Interviewed by Richard Sherman. A Distant Shore.

“Water Company Regulation in Connecticut.”

WHUS, Storrs, Connecticut. Oct. 2005.

Interviewed by Peter Marteka. The Hartford Courant.

“Natchaug River: A Quiet Retreat.”

14 Oct. 2003: B3.

Interviewed by John Murphy. One World Radio.

“Twenty Winged Poems.”

WHUS, Storrs, Connecticut. 26 Sept. 2002.

Interviewed by Dr. Jay Hughes. Changesurfer Radio.

“Defending Ned Ludd.”

WHUS, Storrs, Connecticut. 20 April 2002.

Interviewed by David Morse. The Hartford Courant.

“Big Bad Neighbor: What If You Were One of the Little People Next Door to UConn?”

17 March 2002: Northeast Magazine.

Interviewed by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu. UConn Advance.

“Freshman Writing Class Bridges Disciplines, Cultures, Epochs.”

8 Nov. 1999: 1.

Interviewed by Steve Grant. The Hartford Courant.

“Birds and Bees 101: Finding Nature in Literature.”

16 Dec. 1998: F1.

Interviewed by Susan Campbell. The Hartford Courant.

“A Beloved Sugar Maple Really is a Family Tree.”

14 Nov. 1998: A2.

Interviewed by Stacey Stowe. The New York Times.

“The View from Hampton: The Writer’s World and Legacy at Trailwood.”

14 March 1998: E3.



University of Northern Texas, Department of Philosophy and Religion.

Visiting Research Professor, Center for Environmental Philosophy, 2005-7.


Tracing Darwin’s Path. Drawing upon Charles Darwin’s notebooks, journals and publications, this class takes students into the field where they experience and write about nature first hand, prompted by humanistic, scientific and environmental questions. Students’ field writing becomes the basis for a first-person nonfiction essay in the style of Thoreau.


Phil 2500: Environmental Issues. This class explores central concepts about the inter-relations between ecological sciences and ethics, societies and their environments, biological and cultural diversity, services that biodiversity provides for human society, environmental and social problems determined by loses in biocultural diversity, theoretical principles and ongoing initiatives for conservation and sustainable development around the world.

Phil 2500 Honors: Environmental Issues. An honors level version of the class described above.

Coordinator of Nature Writing Program, Omora Center for Environmental

Science, Philosophy, and Policy

Isla Navarino, Cape Horn County, Chile

Universidad de Magallanes and University of North Texas, 2005-7

Tracing the Path of Darwin: Nature Writing at the Beagle Channel. This 2 week, 6 college credit, experiential class allows students to learn biocultural history and ethics while practicing nature writing in three outdoor-classrooms on Isla Navarino: the Omora Ethnobotanical Park, the Ribalo watershed, and Wulaia. http://omora.org/


University of Connecticut, English Department.

Graduate Assistant, 1991-3, 1994-2005.

English 110: Seminar in Academic Writing. An introduction to college writing. Students read and interpret interdisciplinary texts, and learn rhetorical strategies for constructing their own cohesive, thesis-driven arguments. A class with an emphasis on interpretive process, revision of formal arguments, and grammar, mechanics and style.

English 111: Seminar in Writing through Literature. A student-centered introduction to the aesthetic and intellectual aspects of literary art, exploring modern anglophone World Literature, and all genres and periods of American Literature. Students are familiarized with contextual, historicist critical analysis. Emphasis on revision-based writing process.

English 127: Masterworks of English and American Literature. This lecture-based course is designed to introduce students to the great literature of Western Modernity written in the English language. Each class, students take quizzes, are lectured to and then participate in analytical discussions. A midterm and final exam are administered.


Multicultural Environmental Ethics. Co-taught this interdisciplinary writing-intensive course for two semesters with a conservation biologist. Developed curriculum that investigates history of science, particularly evolutionism, from ethical perspectives of multiculturalism and post-colonialism.

American Nature Writing. Ass’t lecturer and essay grader for two semesters. Planned and conducted weekly discussion sessions for this colonial-to-contemporary survey of American writers who explored the relationship of humans to the “non-human world.” Readings focused on colonial era writers (Morton, Bradstreet, Crevecoeur), Transcendentalists (Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Whitman), modern era writers (Cather, Leopold, Teale) and contemporary writers (Lame Deer, Abbey, Dillard, Erlich).


“Words in the Woods”: An Experiential Nature Writing Course: 1996-


This intensive writing course brings four gifted and talented high school students out of the classroom and into the field each July to study “nature” in the peripatetic manner. Readings from sacred texts, American and non-western writers, and historical and scientific sources, introduce them to the multidisciplinary milieu of environmental studies, and give them prompts for their field-journal writing. Field trips have included camping out near Walden Pond, paddling estuaries with the steward of the Connecticut River, climbing Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire, visits to the Museum of Natural History in New York. Students are required to submit a final polished work—analytical, non-fictional, or poetic—to receive credit for this college level course.

Additional Post-Secondary Teaching Experience


Center for Academic Programs, U. of Conn. 1994, 1995. Tutor for intensive program that prepares under-prepared incoming freshman for college level English courses.

Johnson and Wales University, 1993-4. Business and technical writing. Designed and taught a course for basic business writers, focusing on various forms of presentations, and letter and memo writing.

Fisher College, 1993-4. Designed and taught an introduction to literature course for students with limited scholarly interests. Students learned how to “close-read” short texts, and write three-part interpretive essays. Emphasis on grammar and mechanics.

St. Francis Xavier Church, Brooklyn N.Y. 1990. Worked as a literacy volunteer at a Catholic mission.


Awards and Honors:

Post-doc: Center for Environmental Philosophy, U. of North Texas, 2005-6

Pre-doctoral Fellowship: University of Connecticut, 1999

Teaching Center Grant for Interdisciplinary Course: 1999

Summer Fellowship: University of Connecticut, 1998.

Academic Service

Graduate Student Senator, 2003

Founder, Edwin Way Teale Nature Writing Award, 2003

Internship Director, 2000-1, 2003

Sociology students received college credit working for the Naubesatuck Watershed Council.

Graduate Student leader whose collaboration with the Connecticut’s Attorney General and state environmental leaders led to the hiring of UConn’s Environmental Manager, and to UConn’s entrance into the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Green Campus” program, 2000-2005.

Member, Interdepartmental Group Working on Environmental Issues, 1998

Extracurricular Activities/Awards:


Co-Founder of the Omora Ethnobotanical Park, Chile. 2000.

Created to promote social well-being and preserve biocultural diversity in the southernmost forests of the world. In January 2002, Omora initiated the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve project.


President, Naubesatuck Watershed Council. 1999-2005.

Nonprofit in Northeastern Connecticut promoting stewardship of 162 square mile drinking water watershed. Leader of many natural history trips. Highlights: Drafted water company legislation with Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in 2001. In 2002, succeeded in raising and passing land-use planning legislation. In 2003, succeeded in raising water company legislation.

Presidential Award: Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions, 1999

Honored for “exemplary efforts of state-wide significance”: i.e., writing the first successful municipal open-space grant in the eastern half of Connecticut.

Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commissioner, Chaplin, CT, 1996-2005.

Recording Engineer and Stage Manager, the Knitting Factory, NYC, 1987-1990.

I was one of the original sound engineers/stage managers at the Knitting Factory, the legendary rock and jazz club, during its golden age (1988-91).


I was an Ass’t Recording Engineer, Chung King House of Metal, NYC, (1985-6) and helped engineer records by, among others, LL Cool J, Beastie Boyz and Public Enemy;  and worked with producer Rick Rubin.