Laura Pustarfi, Ph.D., is a writer, creative, and integral ecologist. Her scholarly work is at the intersection of philosophy, ecology, and religion, and she is adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies in Philosophy and Religion. Her dissertation, Arboreality: Revisioning Trees in the Western Paradigm, examines trees and plants in Western thought with particular focus on philosophical literature in order to explore an arboreal and vegetal ontology and ethics that respects plants themselves. Her interests include plant studies, integral ecology, and environmental humanities, especially environmental philosophy, eco-phenomenology, and religion and ecology. She also has an enduring interest in the arts.