Campus: Wilfrid Laurier
Office: DAWB 2-128

Current research projects:

1) history of physical sciences in Canada
2) history of science in the circumpolar arctic

Sample publications:

  • “Humboldt and the Habitability of Canada’s Great Northwest,” Geographical Review 96/3 (July 2006): 382-98.
  • “Sir William Logan and Sir JW Dawson: Victorian Geology as Scottish Science in a New-World Environment,” in Peter E. Rider and Heather McNabb, eds., A Kingdom of the Mind: How the Scots Helped Make Canada (Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006), pp. 167-82.
  • “Darwin Meets the Engineers: Early Timber Researches at McGill University, 1894-1910,” Environmental History 6/3 (July 2001): 428-50.
  • “The Colonial World as Geological Metaphor: Strata(gems) of Empire in Victorian Canada,” in Roy MacLeod, ed., Nature and Empire, Osiris 15 (2000): 85-107.
  • “Environment, Culture, and the Reception of Darwin in Canada, 1859-1909,” in Ronald L. Numbers and John Stenhouse, eds., Disseminating Darwinism: The Role of Place, Race, Class, and Gender (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999) pp. 91-122.
  • “Roads Not Taken: Victorian Science, Technical Education, and Canadian Schools, 1844-1913,” Historical Studies in Education 12, nos. 1-2 (Spring/Fall 2000): 1-28.
  • “Classical Codes: Biogeographical Assessments of Environment in Victorian Canada,” Journal of Historical Geography, 24/1 (1998): 20-35.