Tom Cheney


We live in a pivotal historical moment, and the shape of future life on this planet lies in our hands. It’s never been more crucial that we — as a species and as a political community — renegotiate our relationship with nature.  While developing practical solutions, we must also ask, “what does it mean to live well?” and “how should we interact with the ecological world?”  

These questions have formed the central analytical threads of my academic work in political and ecological theory. But these aren’t merely academic problems; they’re questions we must all ask ourselves. My work aims to show that by better understanding our relationship to the ecological world, we can live better, more fulfilling lives. 

It’s necessary that we restore nature as an important site of meaning in human life. Evoking the beauty and wonder inherent in natural phenomena, my stories do exactly that. Whether it's about outdoor adventure, conservation, or food culture, my writing will help you reconsider the natural world and our place within it. 

Diving in kelp beds on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore

Diving in kelp beds on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore



  • B.A., University of New Brunswick (2010)

  • M.A., University of Victoria (2011)

  • Ph.D., York University (2018)

Selected achievements

Saving Salmon

In 2018, Nick Hawkins and I launched Saving Salmon, a major initiative in Atlantic salmon conservation. Both lifelong salmon anglers, Nick and I both feel a special connection to the iconic species. Our stories aim to motivate the next generations of salmon conservationists. 

But our collaborative effort is about more than fishing. It’s about the salmon in themselves, their spectacular habitats, and above all, what they can tell us about what it means to be wild.