Surrounded by a highly biodiverse desert ecosystem, the Rio Grande River creates a desert oasis. Yet the land around it is dry and vast, nationally contested and controlled, and scattered with ruins that span centuries and tell stories of the past.
Environmental History Now.
How to See Whales
Picture a Saturday in February, a crisp walk for two on a Cape Cod salt marsh. Each step meant testing the ground in front of us, given the recent snowfall and thawing earth.
What Goes (Un)told: The (Hi)stories of the Brazil Nut in the Biodiversity Heritage Library
In this short piece, I share my work through the example of Bertholletia excelsa, commonly known as the Brazil nut.
Nuclear Power in Times of Climate Change and the Water Risks Around It
When I decided to write my PhD thesis on the history of the nuclear Rhine in the summer of 2018, the front pages of the newspapers were dominated by news of the record summer and that several nuclear power plants on the Rhine had to be shut down.
Domestic Cohabitors: Felinely Reconsiderations of the ‘Pet’
The roles into which humans have cast animals are innumerable. From ancient creation myths to premodern folktales of animal-wives and animal-husbands, to Disney’s anthropomorphised mascots, human culture around the globe is inextricable from the animal.