I am a co-editor of The Otter~La Loutre, the blog of the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE). The Otter provides a platform for emerging and established Canadian environmental historians and historical geographers to share their research.
I have commissioned and edited a number of special series for The Otter since 2015. These include:
- “Landscapes of Science” (2015), on environmental history and the histories of science, technology, and medicine;
- “When Blue Meets Green” (2015), on environmental history and labour and working-class histories;
- “(Un)Natural Identities” (2016), on environmental history and the histories of gender and sexuality;
- “A Cold Kingdom” (2016), a “found” series on winter in Canadian history;
- “Hope and Environmental History” (2017), based on a panel I organized for the 2017 meeting of the American Society for Environmental History;
- “Rhizomes” (2017-), a series of interviews with Canadian environmental historians working beyond the professoriate.
From 2013 to 2017, I also sat on the editorial board of Findings/Trouvailles, the blog of The Champlain Society. Findings/Trouvailles offers researchers the opportunity to explain how a fascinating object or document they have found in the archives can shed new light on Canadian history.
In 2016, with four fellow blog editors, I co-authored an article about Canadian history blogging and its influences to date upon scholarship, teaching, and service in the historical profession in Canada. You can download a copy of this article here.
Although I microblog regularly on Twitter, I don’t keep a long-form blog. I occasionally contribute to various group blogs. My recent posts include:
- “Declining Declensionism: Toward a Critical Hopeful Environmental History,” The Otter~La Loutre, June 2017
- “A Blue(berry) Christmas: Sheldon Lake, Yukon, 1942,” Findings/Trouvailles, December 2016
- “A Cold Kingdom,” The Otter~La Loutre, March 2016
- “Go South, Young Historian?” The Otter~La Loutre, June 2015
- “Why Should We Care About the Erebus (or Terror)?” ActiveHistory.ca, September 2014
- “Franklin Relics, Then and Now: Canadian Arctic Sovereignty on Display,” Findings/Trouvailles, May 2014
- “@TrapperBud and the History of Northern Canada,” Seeing the Woods, January 2014.
I have also written a number of Twitter essays, on topics as various as
- the “Death in the Ice” exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich (December 2017)
- names, titles, and kindness in the academic classroom (January 2017)
- the discovery of the HMS Terror (September 2016)
- reflections on Elk Island National Park’s Bison Festival (August 2015).