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The long anticipated launch!

After nearly 3 years of thinking and talking and dreaming about the Hobbit Hole and Inian Islands Institute, after creating our website and business model and advisory council, after bringing our first group of Stanford students out there for a mind-blowing course this summer — we’re finally launching our initial fundraising campaign!  Donate Now!

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Featured in Pomona College Magazine!

Pomona College Magazine, the quarterly publication of my alma mater in Southern California, features Inian Islands Institute this month!  Check out the piece!  We’re in an article about the challenges of launching a new project… Read more

Stanford Students to the Hobbit Hole!

Fishing Boats at the Sitka waterfront.  Photo by Rob Dunbar.

Fishing Boats at the Sitka waterfront. Photo by Rob Dunbar.

In September 2013, our team brought our first group of students out to the Hobbit Hole as part of a Stanford University Sophomore College course.  It was a big step for Inian Islands Institute!  Two years in the making, this fantastic course brought 12 Stanford undergraduates to Southeast Alaska to study natural resources and sustainability. Read more

Featured on Generation Anthropocene!

Generation Anthropocene is an awesome project started by my close friends and Stanford peers Mike and Miles.  They tell stories of planetary change — interviewing leading thinkers on environmental issues, and releasing them as a podcast series.  The goal is to explore what it means to be living in this new geologic age, the Anthropocene, where the dominant force on the planet is mankind.  Well, Mike and Miles were running short on material, so they looked me up … Read more

Welcome to the Hobbit Hole!

Greetings, friends of Alaska, salmon, science and rain!  It’s exciting to get started.  The website isn’t quite complete yet, but take a look around — and feel free to get in touch.  Our team is always looking for ideas and contacts for Inian Islands Institute. Read more


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