Prof. Dr. Eunice Blavascunas (USA) is currently a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany where she is writing a book about the way the peasant and communist pasts complicate and interact with conservation politics in Poland’s Bialowieza Forest. She completed her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at the University of California Santa Cruz. For more than 15 years she has been researching and writing about conservation politics in new nature preserves in Eastern Europe, particularly Poland. With filmmaker Jodie Baltazar she produced and directed a documentary film, “Black Stork White Stork” (2014) which traces the fate of an innovative aging bachelor and nature in the Bialowieza Forest. She has also been a Fulbright Fellow, received a Switzer Environmental Leadership Grant, and is available for environmental consulting. She often leads educational tours to eastern Poland focussed on environment, history and society.