Research Profile

I am a historian of the environment and technology. I am most interested in how human technologies shape the world around us and how we come to understand what is "natural" and what is not, what is acceptable environmental behavior and what is not.

My research spans from medieval to contemporary environmental issues. My primary areas of interest are human-animal relations, the urban environment, and environmental policymaking.

Read my Research Blog for “The Return of Native Nordic Fauna” project.


History volumes I have co-edited

Reflections on the field

General essays that reflect on environmental and/or technological history


Cultural and social histories of ecological restoration and animal reintroduction projects


An international policy history of the use of offshore oil structures as artificial reefs

Medieval sanitation

How medieval Europeans dealt with sanitation problems in urban areas

Medieval resources

Managing environmental resources in the Middle Ages

Science fiction & history

Explorations of environmental & museum issues in science fiction