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School of Geography

Charlotte Wrigley


PhD student

Room Number: Geography Building, Room 218


Research interests

The Anthropocene; biopolitics; multispecies engagement; de-extinction; apocalyptic imaginaries; geologic time.

PhD research

My research engages with the understanding that we are now living in a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – where humans are altering earth processes and are the main drivers of global warming. Various redemptive strategies have been proffered to reverse the catastrophic effects of anthropogenic climate change. One of these strategies is the restoration of the prehistoric mammoth steppe ecosystem in North-East Siberia, alongside the rewilding of Pleistocene megafauna and eventually the mammoth itself through the controversial science of de-extinction. The permafrost, which covers 65% of Russia, contains vast reservoirs of carbon dioxide and methane which are released when the soil thaws and exacerbate global warming. The role of the mammoth would be to trample down the soil to maintain its frozen state, thus keeping the greenhouse gases encased in ice.

The revival of the mammoth and its role in planetary redemption forms part of an Anthropocene imaginary. Through this project, I aim to consider both the geologic forces of permafrost thawing and refreezing, and the biopolitical processes of de-extinction and rewilding that create and sustain life. By attending to the socio-material properties of melting, I will examine just what is revealed and made visible by permafrost thawing – both literally and figuratively – and consider the shifting configurations of frozen life in a warming world.

Academic background

  • BA (Hons) Medieval Studies - Manchester University
  • MSc Environment, Culture and Society - Edinburgh University (with distinction)
  • MRes Geography - Queen Mary University of London (with distinction)


  • 2018 – ‘It’s a bird! It’s a plane! An aerial biopolitics for a multispecies sky’, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 1(4): 712-34
  • 2020 (forthcoming) – ‘Nine lives down: Love, loss and letting go in Scottish wildcat conservation’, Environmental Humanities 12(1)



  • 1+3 ESRC studentship