Chuck Bergman

Professor of English

Chuck Bergman
  • Professional
  • Video


  • Ph.D., English, University of Minnesota, 1977
  • M.A., English, University of Minnesota, 1973
  • B.A., English, University of Washington, 1970
  • B.A., Economics, University of Washington, 1969

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Environmental Writing
  • Environmental Literature
  • Freelance Writing
  • Shakespeare

Selected Publications


  • A Penguin Told Me a Secret (XLIBRIS 2016) : View Book
  • Wild Echoes: Encounters with the Most Endangered Animals in North America, 2nd Edition (University of Illinois Press 2003) : View Book
  • Red Delta: Fighting for Life at the End of the Colorado River (Fulcrum Publishing 2002) : View Book
  • Orion's Legacy: A Cultural History of Man as Hunter (Plume/Penguin 1996) : View Book

Selected Presentations

  • PLU Parents’ Weekend, Mystery, Wonder, and Transformation: Five Lessons From Literature and Nature in Antarctica, Pacific Lutheran University (November 03, 2012)
  • Lecture on wildlife and wildlife trafficking, Loving Them to Death, Centralia College, Washington (September 09, 2010)
  • Earth Day Speaker, University of Northern Florida, The Theory of the Macaw, Jacksonville, Florida (April 25, 2010)
  • World Conversations Keynote Presentation, Traffic in Paradise, Pacific Lutheran University (February 28, 2009)

Selected Articles

  • "Nature Is a Story That We Live: Reading and Teaching Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” in the Drake Passage." ISLE ( Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment ) December 19, 2012:
  • "Mothers and Other Creatures." October, 2012:
  • "Teoría del Guacamayo (The Theory of the Macaw)." LiberArtes Online Journal December, 2009:


  • Faculty Excellence Award for Mentoring, 2013
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Lecture and Research, 2006-2007. Project Title: “Ecological Literature in Latin America: Reading and Writing the Environment in Ecuador.” Universidad San Francisco de Quito
  • Birds As Art International Photography Contest. Second Place, “Hand of Man” Category
  • Windland Rice Smith — Nature’s Best Photography International Photography Contest Winner, “Highly Honored” in Endangered Species Category
  • Washington State Book Award, 2003, for Red Delta
  • Southwest Book Award, 2003 , for Red Delta
  • Benjamin Franklin Award, 2003, Best Book in Science and Environment for Red Delta
  • PLU Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievements in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service - 1995

Professional Memberships/Organizations

Returning African Grey Parrots to the Wild

Who doesn't love penguins? PLU professor to study relationship between birds, humans.

Journey to the End of the Earth: Antarctica, Patagonia, Buenos Aires