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Professor of History and Director, Environmental Studies Program, Boise State University

I am a historian of social and ecological change in Latin American and the US West. I specialize in histories of conservation and animal history as well as pedagogy on the environment. My first book, Revolutionary Parks: Conservation, Social Justice, and Mexico’s National Parks, (University of Arizona Press, 2011) received awards from the Conference of Latin American History, the Forest History Society, and the Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies. With Michelle K. Berry, I published a Primer for Teaching Environmental History (Duke 2018) and co-edited and contributed to The Nature State: Rethinking the History of Conservation (Routledge 2017). My current research, tentatively titled “From Extinction to Biodiversity: How Conservation Translated Science in South America” is an exploration landscape change and nature protection over the twentieth century. Funded by a National Science Foundation Scholars Award and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, this book strives to account for the ways transnational conservation and scientific research have shaped the social and ecological regions of Amazonia and Patagonia.


  • –present
    Professor of History and Director of Environmental Studies Program, Boise State University


  • 2007 
    University of Arizona, PhD History