Research Interests


My research focuses upon public lands, conservation, restoration, and militarized spaces. I work on the historical, political, and environmental implications of changing land uses and have developed a number of projects that relate to these themes, from the management of wildlands to conducting inventories of road density in the northern Rockies. As a geographer I’m particularly interested in how militarism and environmental protection are increasingly being linked, and the social, ecological, and political consequences of this blending.

The pictures at right are from former military sites in MA and NY that have been redesignated as national wildlife refuges. My doctoral dissertation focused on these types of conversion. For a pdf (23 mb) of my dissertation, see: "Bombs Away: New Geographies of Military-to-Wildlife Conversions in the United States" (2006).

assabet river bunker
shawangunk trail