In general terms, I study the history and historical geography of Canada. I am particularly interested in environmental history and the Canadian west, as well as in relations between people and the state. Water management is one of my key concerns. I have conducted research on both flooding and drought, with a focus on human experiences and state intervention. My research has often focused on state-driven planning efforts, and I pay attention to what past experiences indicate about best practices for the future.

More specifically, I am currently researching the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration, a federal government agency at work on the Canadian Prairies from the mid-1930s until very recently. I am also interested in the environmental history of Edmonton’s river valley and ravine lands.

Please feel free to contact me ( with respect to any of these projects. If you are interested in my research with Parkland Institute, please visit the Institute’s webpage or contact me directly.