Ralph Acampora is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hofstra University in New York. He conducts research in the fields of environmental philosophy, bioethics, and animal studies. After earning a B.A./M.A. at CUNY, Acampora gained his doctorate at Emory University (writing a dissertation on inter-species ethics and phenomenology of body). He has authored Corporal Compassion: Animal Ethics and Philosophy of Body (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006: www.upress.pitt.edu/BookDetails.aspx?bookId=35804), edited Metamorphoses of the Zoo: Animal Encounter After Noah (Lexington Books, 2010), and co-edited A Nietzschean Bestiary: Becoming Animal Beyond Docile and Brutal (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). He has published work in a variety of books and journals, referees for Environmental Ethics, and is a member of the editorial board for Society & Animals. Recent interests of his include the hermeneutics of spectatorship at zoos, moral issues pertaining to the built (including biotechnical) environment, and the ontological status of nature.