Sharing Ideas

Publications and Creative Work


How do we use and value the places where we live, work and play? How have contemporary environmental problems emerged from prior cultural and political structures? What can we learn about today’s environmental issues through a careful analysis of the processes that produced them? These questions and others have guided my research and thinking.

Peer reviewed publications

2015. “‘In the real estate business whether we admit it or not’: Timber and exurban development in Deschutes County, OR.” The political ecology of sprawl: How environmental politics are shaping the urban fringe. Edited by Laura Taylor and Patrick Hurley. Springer.

2012. Subdivisions and Deer Uses: Nature and Private Property on the Urban Fringe. Landscape Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2012.692775

2010. Paper trails: The Outdoor Recreation Resource Review Commission and the rationalization of recreational resources. Geoforum 41(3): 447–456. doi:10:1016/ i.geoforum.11.014

2011. Book Review: The American West at risk: Science, Myths, And politics of land abuse and recovery. H.G. Wilshire, J.E. Nielson, R.W. Hazlett. Oxford: New York, NY. 2008. ISBN 978–0–19–514205–1 (hardcover), xii + 619 pp. Land Degradation & Development. doi: 10.1002/ldr.1070

EC Squared

BlogWest

BlogWest bills itself as “a forum for thoughtful conversation about the history of the North American West.” While I have written an occasional article for them (linked below) my primary work for them has consisted of a biweekly series of recommended readings list. I’ve also included a sample of these.

Under Review

“All the trees were gone and the river was completely destroyed:” The shifting ecologies of the Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon

Photography

In my research, one of my driving questions has been “How do we use and value the landscapes in which we live, and to what effects?” My thinking about this has bled into my hobby and challenged the ways I look at and represent landscapes. Increasingly, I’m less interested in traditionally beautiful landscapes, and more intrigued by the possibilities of representing relationships between lived patterns and habits and the shifting boundaries between the natural and the human. While this photography may not directly find its way deep into my professinoal life, approaching the world with a camera on my shoulder helps me see it fresh, to focus on new perspectives. I’m pleased to share some of that photography here (and more here).

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