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Dayton Martindale is a freelance writer and editor covering climate, ecology, animals, and politics. He hosts Storytelling Animals, an environmental books podcast, and serves as editor-at-large for the rural news publication Barn Raiser. This year he will begin a PhD program in environmental studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, studying the ethics, politics, and policy of human-nonhuman interaction.

He is the former associate editor of In These Times magazine, where he now writes the monthly Big Idea column, and his writing has appeared in Sierra, Boston Review, Truthout, The Trouble, Jacobin, Harbinger: A Journal of Social Ecology, The Next System Project, Earth Island Journal, and elsewhere. He is also a contributor to the new book Jackson Rising Redux: Lessons on Building the Future in the Present. Follow him @daytonrmartind.