High Falconer? After uncovering that little gem tucked away amongst millions and millions of academic articles, I just had to share it. And mix that with Kashmir and it is just fuel for the imagination. Pony ride to Darjeeling, a botanist named Jacquemont and another named High Falconer? Just a feast for the textual soul.

Kashmir, High Falconer, and Hooker: Biodiversity and an eclectic cast of characters In keeping with a previous post about seemingly unlikely areas of great  biodiversity (a la the Korean DMZ), today's post will be a quick exploration through a highly contested area: Kashmir. Kashmir is a mountainous region bordering on Pakistan, India, and China. It occupies a strategic position and, as such, has been highly contested for much longer than most can imagine. However, it is the most recent period of friction that has occupied most … Read More


By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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