The Contributions of Environmental History

At the end of February, I was invited to participate in a roundtable on the uses of environmental history (and its contributions) at York University’s New Frontiers graduate conference. Sean Kheraj (York University), one of the panelists, recorded the discussion, which you can hear on his podcast, Nature’s Past.

In retrospect, I feel I overstated the importance of science (not that it isn’t important, but rather that there is a difference between understanding and “knowing.” I suspect environmental historians, who rarely set foot into the lab simply need to understand and be able to read scientific literature with some facility). More on all this some other time.