I am a professor at Simon Fraser University, teaching in the Departments of History and Geography, and an affiliate researcher at Stanford University's Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis. My award-winning scholarship includes environmental histories of fisheries, science, recreation, gentrification, and the North American West. I am currently writing about conservation, federal lands, and Congress.
Persistent Callings: Seasons of Work and Identity on the Oregon Coast
An environmental history of the Nestucca River basin that examines the interplay of work, ecology, and identity from precontact times to the present. The book challenges modern notions that work and play were antithetical approaches to community building in the rural West, at least until the 1980s, and it explains why older forms of environmental relations unraveled in such spectacularly destructive ways.
Border Flows: A Century of the Canadian-American Water Relationship2016
Follow the Money: A Spatial History of In-Lieu Programs for Western Federal Lands2012
Pilgrims of the Vertical: Yosemite Rock Climbers and Nature at Risk2010
Imagining the Big Open: Nature, Identity, and Play in the New West2003
Parallel Destinies: Canadian-American Relations West of the Rockies2002
Making Salmon: An Environmental History of the Northwest Fisheries Crisis1999
Power and Place in the North American West1999