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The Snarge Matrix: Bird Strikes, Whale Strikes, and Road Kill in the Age of Mass Mobility - Quadrant presentation by Gary Kroll

Date: 01/31/2013

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: 125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education

Cost: Free and open to the public


The snarge matrix consists of the animals (human and non-human), plants, machines, infrastructure, culture and expertise that meet at the literal intersection where vehicles collide with wildlife. Through a brief analysis of bird-plane, whale-ship, and deer-car collision mitigation, this presentation will explore the history of the snarge matrix to better understand how Americans’ encounter with wildlife is mediated by the imperative of mass-mobility.

Gary Kroll is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Plattsburgh State University and he will be in residence at the IAS during spring 2013 with the Environment, Culture, and Sustainability group of Quadrant. Trained in environmental history and the history of science, Professor Kroll is interested in the literal intersection of culture and nature. His current project is an interdisciplinary history of the people, places, and animals that mingle together in the age of mass-mobility.

Among other works, Kroll is the author of America’s Ocean Wilderness: A Cultural History of Twentieth Century Exploration (2008) and “The Pacific Science Board in Micronesia: Preparation and Preservation of a New Frontier Territory,” Minerva 41 (2003): 25-46, and the editor of World in Motion: The Globalization and the Environment Reader (with Richard Robbins, 2009).

The Environment, Culture, and Sustainability Quadrant promotes the research, development, publication, and dissemination of critical works on the social and cultural aspects of environmental policy, land use, and ecological sustainability as well as theoretical projects dealing with their visual and textual representations. Work is encouraged in interdisciplinary projects from scholars in art history and criticism, literature, theory and philosophy, anthropology, rhetoric, sociology, geography, and communications, as well as scholars located in the newly formed Institute on the Environment.


  • Name: Institute for Advanced Study
  • E-mail: ias@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-770-5272
  • Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Study


Parking is available at the Fourth Street ramp and in the Church Street garage. Reciprocal contract parking in the Fourth Street ramp is available for those with contracts on the west bank or on the Saint Paul campus.

More information: http://ias.umn.edu/2013/01/31/kroll-gary-2/

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Institute for Advanced Study.

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