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.)