Hi there and welcome!
This is a website dedicated to showcasing all of my (Katherine Jernigan’s) completed and ongoing work and research as an undergraduate Environmental Studies (ENVS) student at Lewis & Clark College. As an ENVS student, I have enjoyed examining various topics and issues related to the natural environment through multiple lenses. Some of the disciplinary lenses I have been drawn to specifically are those related to the fields of anthropology and economics.
What’s with the name?
The title of my website, Grafting Gaia, comes firstly from the greek goddess that personified the Earth and was known as Gaia. The Gaia hypothesis is a theory created by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in the late 1970’s which views the Earth as a self-regulating entity. Which is where the grafting part comes in. Grafting is a process used in horticulture to combine the physical vascular tissues of one plant with another. It’s a great example of combining two things to create something new.
This has been my philosophy for studying topics in Environmental Studies: we can’t just forget the old for the new. One must consider multiple aspects of any issue and how that issue has changed and morphed over time, how old ideas are combined with new to create totally original organisms.