Rebecca Reider has worked and written on issues of human and ecological community around the world. Her projects and home bases have spanned from Biosphere 2, to indigenous communities in the Amazon rainforest, to the farming landscape of New Zealand, where she currently makes her home. Experienced as an environmental educator, journalist, organic grower, activist and performance poet, she earned her BA in the History of Science from Harvard University and her Masters in Environmental Science from Yale.

Rebecca first arrived at Biosphere 2 as a wide-eyed student researcher in 1999. The book emerges from several years of investigation, exclusive archival research, and dialogue with the Biosphere 2 project’s creators, including more than 50 interviews.

Work on the book was supported by grants from Harvard and Columbia Universities, and by a guest residency at the Mesa Refuge.



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The World of HANDS — New Zealand’s most successful complementary currency

Beyond money: building community self-reliance in paradise, through alternative local currency systems

In global popularity test, we’re off the map

On being an American abroad, in times and places where it can feel pretty shameful to be an American

plus many more articles in Organic NZ, Acres U.S.A., Harvests, Turning Wheel, Terrain, Element and other print magazines

Research on environment, development, and agriculture

Growing organically? Human networks and the quest to expand organic agriculture in New Zealand

From a year roaming New Zealand on a Fulbright fellowship: what gets average farmers to turn organic, and what might help more of them change

Agroecology and the Struggle for Food Sovereignty in the Americas

A collection of visions from leaders building alternative agricultural and food systems across the Americas

Oil and Chicha: Indigenous Movements and Survival in the Ecuadoran Amazon

Reflections from research among Ecuador’s Kichwa, in the battle amongst oil developers and indigenous peoples to determine the future of the Amazon rainforest