Mark Pedelty

Mark Pedelty is a professor and researcher whose work examines music and sound as environmental communication.

He has published numerous books, journal articles, and book chapters concerning media, environment, and music, the most recent, A Song to Save the Salish Sea: Musical Performance as Environmental Activism (Indiana University Press, 2016). He also authored Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk, and the Environment (Temple University’s Music Matters Series, 2012).

A Song to Save the Salish Sea: Musical Performance as Environmental Activism tells the story of creative artists in Washington State and British Columbia whose music has helped preserve and steward a unique ecosystem. From international recording artists like Dana Lyons to community based musicians, each case provides a look at an innovative artist or group that entertains, inspires, and mobilizes audiences to grapple with serious environmental problems, from a successful musical movement to stop new coal terminal construction to educational efforts around salmon stream restoration and orca preservation.

A Fellow at the Institute on the Environment, Mark has produced documentary media and music videos for watershed management organizations and his community partner, Metro Blooms. Visit Ecosong.net to view those projects.