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                                                 2010 Conference: Social Conflict and Environmental Change

                                                 2011 Conference: Creating Healthy Landscapes

2012 Northeast Environmental History Conference 


Saturday, April 14, 2012

New Haven, Connecticut   




Human societies have always been defined by their relationship to plants and animals, whether through the domestication efforts that underlay the earliest sedentary societies, the commodification of plants and animals that arrived in the industrial age, or the new opportunities for manipulation that genetic engineering has provided. This conference used the topic of plants and animals to explore current scholarship in environmental history presented by ten doctoral students from northeastern universities.

On April 14, 2012, Yale Environmental History welcomed participants from northeastern colleges and universities to a conference featuring new work by doctoral students from five northeastern universities.

Three moderated panel sessions explored the conference theme. Our first session examined resource conservation, including forests in pre-industrial Korea, native Hereford cattle in Britain, and migratory shorebirds in the United States.  Our second session explored the connections between wildlife, humans, and environmental change, including pigs in India, birds in New York City and Philadelphia, and moose in the colonial Maritime Peninsula and Gulf of Maine.  Our third session considered scientific experimentation and technology in agriculture and dairy production and in research on curare poison.   A faculty panel, including HARRIET RITVO (MIT), NANCY JACOBS (Brown), and AARON SACHS (Cornell) concluded the day.

The conference schedule is still available. If you would like to receive more information regarding next year's conference as it becomes available, please email



We are grateful to our Co-Sponsors and Supporters:

Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund
Department of History, Yale University
Honest Tea
Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders
MacMillan Center at Yale
Program in the History of Science and Medicine
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Conference Organizers:

Todd Holmes

Rachel Rothschild

Eric Rutkow

Paul Sabin


To learn about our other recent conferences, please visit the conference webpages below:


“RESOURCES: Endowment or Curse, Better or Worse?"

Co-Sponsored by the Yale Program in Economic History & Yale Environmental History

Yale University, Friday and Saturday, February 24-25, 2012, New Haven, Connecticut






“Creating Healthy Landscapes: Human and Environmental Well-being in Comparative and Historical Perspective.”

A Northeast Regional Conference
Yale University, Saturday, March 26, 2011
New Haven, Connecticut





“Social Conflict and Environmental Change in Comparative and Historical Perspective.”

A Northeast Regional Conference
Yale University, Saturday, April 17, 2010
New Haven, Connecticut