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Upwelling: an environmental history of the Southern Ocean

Researcher: Joy McCann The oceanic realm encircling the globe in the high southern latitudes has long exerted a powerful force on Western imagination, and shaped Indigenous and settler histories in the Southern Hemisphere including Australia. More recently, scientists...

Fire in Australia

Daniel May’s research explores the history of fire within Australia. He is focusing upon the associations drawn between indigenous cultures and fire within settler societies, and how these conceptualisations affect contemporary and historical understandings of...

Digging Deep into the US National Archives

By Diane Erceg DAVID appeared in the room wearing a navy lab coat and a head of fluffy salt-and-pepper hair. He made his way to the Research Consultation desk and shared a brief exchange with a colleague before they both turned and looked squarely at me. Without...

Field trip show and tell

ON Thursday 18 June, members of the Centre for Environmental History gathered for a special lunch to share stories from recent field trips and discuss why field work is important to our research as environmental historians. Rebecca Jones spoke about her research on...

On the frontier: the intriguing dance of history and fiction

Read Tom Griffiths’ essay on the intriguing dance of history and fiction in The Conversation: At the Brisbane Writers’ Festival some years ago, novelist Peter Carey responded to relentless historical questioning about his True History of the Kelly Gang (2000) by...

Ted Deveson

My PhD research is an ecological history of locust and grasshopper infestations in southern Australia. It examines the interaction of environmental and scientific histories of the swarming species of Chortoicetes and Austroicetes in revealing their ecology and the...

Diane Erceg

Diane Erceg is a PhD student at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. She has also worked as a guide and lecturer on Antarctic tourist expeditions since 2005, and as a rapporteur at annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative...