Tandena Wagner


Ecology Interventions

Ecology Interventions is a place where Tandena explores the inner workings of ecology and environmentalism.

I’m giving an insider’s unvarnished candor on the foundations of ecology, inventive new approaches and the complex issues we’re struggling with as we move into the future. The writing will be in-depth, but my positions are in development. Here I give my original thoughts on topics like genetically modified wildlife, calculating ecosystem behavior, AI species identification, and a terrapunk vision of the future. If you love our planet, but climate doom and calls for de-growth seem misled, I want to invite you to environmentalism with hope, positive goals, and big ideas that are both practical and possible.


What is the Goal of Conservation?
Overview of competing motivations within the umbrella of Ecology.
Environmentalism and Me
How I have such unorthodox positions.


The Synthetic Age

Godhood isn't a choice.

Definition of Healthy Ecosystems

Getting away from traditional definitions of what makes for a good environment

Ecosystem Collapse

Manifestations of ecosystem collapse in the world. (Not just climate)

Quiet Here Busy Elsewhere

Helping to build a community of effective environmentalists.

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Re-thinking Foundations

Inaccurate Ecotopias
What's wrong with current visions of an Ecotopia?
Future Ecological Civilization
What's a realistic Ecotopia?
Types of Stakeholders
A taxonomy of the groups shaping the management of wilderness areas.

Opportune Targets

Overlooked potential for environmentalism.
So far my biggest takeaways are:
1) Environmentalists are too shy of taking positive actions.
2) Actions must be based on outcomes, not on responsibility.

Conserving Biodiversity

An Intro to My Thesis Project
A case study on how to approach effective ecology from my own work on biodiversity.
How NOT to Conserve Biodiversity
Every reason to fight extinction elsewhere.

Optimizing for the Long-term

The Cost of Extinction
A long-termist perspective on extinction.