Committed to the idea that students come to Plattsburgh State in order to acquire the skills of advanced citizenry, my courses focus on both the history of human beings and their environmental setting, and the construction of different kinds of human knowledge and understanding (specifically scientific and ecological) of the natural world.
Students are exposed in a variety of formats to subjects like the social construction of nature and science, the contested spaces of environmental experience, and the possibilities of a historically sensitive environmental justice.
I am currently engaged in two projects that attempt to synthesize the history of science with environmental history by focusing on nineteenth and twentieth century America. The first is part of a multi-author project where I am writing about the history of exploration and science pertaining to the American West, oceanography, and deep-sea ocean exploration. The second project deals with the history of twentieth century oceanic natural history and environmental history.