Eric Stottlemyer is an Associate Teaching Professor in Wake Forest University’s Writing Program where he pursues his life-long passions for writing and the environment by helping students to think critically about and reflect meaningfully on their relationships to the natural world. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Reno where he studied in the Literature and the Environment program, a multi-disciplinary field of inquiry that closely examines human connections to the earth and its complex ecosystems. An avid proponent of wilderness preservation and wilderness experiences, his work (and home) is as much on the trail as it is in the classroom, where he likes to meditate on Ecocritical theory, contemplative pedagogy, rhetoric and writing studies, and the relationships between nature and Zen philosophy. Regarding the latter, his current research projects center on the role of Zen in some of the works of early twentieth-century nature writers, especially in the American West. Fascinated by all aspects of the natural world, he has written on mountain lions in the Pacific Northwest, extinction level events, ritual circumambulation, and spatial perception in Western landscapes.