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In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion;
within these barriers an author may write what he pleases,
but woe to him if he goes beyond them.
– Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1844.


Treves, Adrian, Kyle A. Artelle, Chris T. Darimont, William S. Lynn, Paul Paquet, Francisco J. Santiago-Avila, Rance Shaw, and Mary C. Wood. 2018. “Intergenerational Equity Can Help to Prevent Climate Change and Extinction.” Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 204-207. PDF

Santiago-Avila, Francisco J., William S. Lynn, and Adrian Treves. 2018. “Ethical Reasoning in Carnivore Management.” In Large Carnivore Conservation and Management: Human Dimensions and Governance, forthcoming. New York: Routledge.

Lynn, William S. 2018. “Deep Rewilding and the Earth Charter.” In The Earth Charter and Global Ethics: Challenges for the 21st Century, edited by Peter Burdon, Klauss Bosselmann, and Kirsten Engel, In progress. New York, NY: Routledge.

Lynn, William S. 2018. “Bringing Ethics to Wild Lives: Public Policy and the Case of the Barred and Northern Spotted Owl.” In Society & Animals: Special Issue on Wildlife edited by Monica Ogra and Julie Urbanik, forthcoming.

Lynn, William. S. 2018. “Deep Rewilding.” Wildlands Network. Retrieved from

Lynn, William S, and Eric Strauss. 2017. “Ecology: Science and Ethics.” In Defining the Urban: Interdisciplinary and Professional Perspectives, edited by Deljana Iossifova, Christopher Doll, and Alexandros Gasparatos, 73-83. New York, NY: Routledge.

Lynn, William S. 2017. “Ethics.” In Humans and Animals: A Geography of Coexistence, edited by Julie Urbanik, and Connie Johnston, 130-132. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio. PDF

Way, Jonathan, and William S. Lynn. 2016. “Northeastern coyote/coywolf taxonomy and admixture: A meta-analysis.” Canid Biology & Conservation 19 (1): 1–7. PDF

Lynn, William S. 2016. “Shimsi: Memories and Meaning of a Feral Cat.” Huffington Post, 18 October,

Lynn, William S. 2016. “Cat Wars: The Moral Shame of Conservation.” Huffington Post, 10 October,

Lynn, William S. 2015. “The Ethics of Climate Change: What We Owe People – and the Rest of the Planet.” The Conversation, 08 December,

Treves, Adrian, John Vucetich, Jeremy T Bruskotter, Bradley Bergstrom, William S Lynn, Michael Paul Nelson, Robert Crabtree, and Paul C. Paquet. 2015. “Open Letter on Wolf Conservation in the Great Lakes Region and the United States” 30 Nov. PDF.

Lynn, William S. 2015. “Rewilding: The Ethical Imperative” Geographical,

Lynn, William S. 2015. “Australia’s War on Cats: Shaky Science, Missing Ethics.” The Conversation, 07 October,

Lynn, William W. 2015. “Setting Aside Half the Earth for Rewilding: The Ethical Dimension.” The Conversation, 26 August,

Lynn, William S. 2015. “Being Animal” Society and Animals 23: 421-424. PDF

Lynn, William S., John Hadidian, Kate Littin, Marcus Olsen and Jennifer Wolch. 2014. “Urban Wildlife”. Public Policy Archive. Ann Arbor, MI: Animals and Society Institute. PDF

Lynn, William S and John Hadidian. 2013. Ethics contributions to the Humane Society of the United States’ “Comments on the 20 June, 2013 (78 Fed. Reg. 35664): “Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Maintaining Protections for the Mexican Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) by Listing it as Endangered” (Proposal). PDF

Lynn, William S. 2012. Barred Owls in the Pacific Northwest: An Ethics Brief. Worcester, Massachusetts: George P. Marsh Institute, Clark University, 62 pp. PDF

Lavigne, D., and William S Lynn. 2011. “Canada’s Commercial Seal Hunt: It’s More Than a Question of Humane Killing”. Journal of Animal Ethics 1, no. 1: 1-5. PDF

Lynn, William S. 2010. “Discourse and Wolves: Science, Society and Ethics”. Society & Animals 18, no. 1: 75-92. PDF

Lynn, William S. 2010. “Geography and Ethics”. In Encyclopedia of Geography, edited by Barney Worf, 1013-1016. Newbury Park, CA: Sage. PDF

Hadidian, John, Camilla Fox, and William S Lynn. 2010. “Urban Wildlife.” In Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Welfare, edited by Marc Bekoff, 565–68. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC CLIO.

Lynn, William S. 2007. “Wolf Recovery”. In Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships, edited by Marc Bekoff, 812-819. Westport: Greenwood Press. PDF

Lynn, William S. 2007. “Practical Ethics and Human-Animal Relations”. In Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships, edited by Mark Bekoff, 790-797. Westport: Greenwood Press. PDF

Lynn, William S. 2007. “Human-Animal Studies”. In Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships, edited by Marc Bekoff, 672-674. Westport: Greenwood Press. PDF

Hadidian, John, Camilla Fox, and William S Lynn. 2006. “The Ethics of Wildlife Control in Humanized Landscapes”. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Second Vertebrate Pest Conference, edited by R.M. Timm and J.M. O’Brien, 500-504. Davis, CA: University of California, Davis. PDF

Lynn, William S. 2006. “Between Science and Ethics: What Science and the Scientific Method Can and Cannot Contribute to Conservation and Sustainability”. In Gaining Ground: In Pursuit of Ecological Sustainability, edited by David Lavigne, 191-205. Limerick, IRL: University of Limerick. PDF

Lynn, William S. 2005. “Finding Common Ground in a Landscape of Deer and People”. Chicago Wilderness Magazine 8 Winter: 12-15. PDF

Lynn, William S. 2004. “Situating the Earth Charter: An Introduction”. Worldviews 8, no. 1: 1-15. PDF

Lynn, William S. 2004. “The Quality of Ethics: Moral Causation in the Interdisciplinary Science of Geography”. In Geographies and Moralities: International Perspectives on Justice, Development and Place, edited by Roger Lee and David M. Smith, 231-244. London: Routledge. PDF

Sheppard, Eric and William S. Lynn. 2004. “Cities: Imagining Cosmopolis”. In Patterned Ground: Entanglements of Nature and Culture, edited by Stephan Harrison, Steve Pile and Nigel Thrift, 52-55. London: Reaktion. PDF

Lynn, William S. 2004. “Animals”. In Patterned Ground: Entanglements of Nature and Culture, edited by Stephan Harrison, Steve Pile and Nigel Thrift, 258-260. London: Reaktion. PDF

Lynn, William S, and Laura Pulido, eds. 2003. “Act of Ethics: A Special Section on Ethics and Global Activism.” Ethics, Place and Environment 6 (1): 43–78. PDF

Lynn, William S. 2002. “Canis Lupus Cosmopolis: Wolves in a Cosmopolitan Worldview”. Worldviews 6, no. 3: 300-327. PDF

Lynn, William S. 2000. “Situating Ethics”. In Geoethics: Ethics, Geography and Moral Understanding, 1-17. Minneapolis: Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota. PDF

Lynn, William S. 1998. “Contested Moralities: Animals and Moral Value in the Dear/Symanski Debate”. Ethics, Place and Environment 1, no. 2: 223-242. PDF

Lynn, William S. 1998. “Animals, Ethics and Geography”. In Animal Geographies: Place, Politics and Identity in the Nature-Culture Borderlands, edited by Jennifer Wolch and Jody Emel, 280-298. London: Verso. PDF

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