Wind Turbine

Wind Turbine

As an environmental historian, I am fundamentally interested in how the natural world has been a part of human history. Nature has been our oldest home, but remains one of our most significant challenges. In this way, we must recognize that while humans can have incredible effects on the environment, natural forces also hold great sway over human destiny. 

In order to build upon that idea, my scholarship probes the intersection of environment, technology, and warfare. My research has ranged from pig breeding to rum production in the colonial Caribbean and from Agent Orange to nuclear technologies used for war and peace. I even plan to write a combination environmental history and history of technology about how beer production became standardized. (That standardization is how this soldier can taste a brew when he returns home that's exactly like the ones he had before he left.)

 

Statement of Research

 

There is a delight in the hardy life of the open.
There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.
The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value. Conservation means development as much as it does protection.
— Theodore Roosevelt
 Assets to Victory

Assets to Victory