The contemporary moment calls for unprecedented collective action, collaboration, and the unified intellectual efforts of academics, policy makers, and global community activists. The naming of this moment as the Anthropocene is an introduction to the momentous changes that are becoming apparent as a result of anthropocentric inhabitation of the planet Earth. Rather than taking a moralistic, reactive, or limited approach to understanding this habitation, and, importantly, the future of this habitation; the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research into the Anthropocene (IIRA) has the primary aims of understanding these processes, thinking through their consequences, and deciding upon what can be done.