John Hainze BS '77

John Harvey Hainze

Posted 03/05/2020

John Hainze BS ʼ77 pens this compelling reassessment of the relationship between humans and the natural world. Hainze—an entomologist and former pesticide developer—considers the fascinating and bizarre history of how these so-called invasive or unwanted pests and weeds have coevolved with humanity and highlights the benefits of a greater respect and moral consideration toward these organisms. With deep insight into the lives of the underappreciated and often reviled creatures that surround us, Hainze’s accessible and engaging natural history draws on ethics, religion, and philosophy as he passionately argues that creepy crawlies and unwanted plants deserve both empathy and accommodation as partners dwelling with us on Earth. Yale University Press, 2020. 272 pages.