Laura J. Martin

I am a HUCE Fellow in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University, where I organize the Environmental History Working Group. I am thrilled to be joining the Environmental Studies Program at Williams College in Fall 2017.

I investigate the ways in which humans intentionally and unintentionally shape the distribution and diversity of other species. This question has led me to evolutionary ecology, conservation biology, and ultimately environmental history and science & technology studies.

My current book project, Saving Species: The History and Politics of Ecological Restoration, examines the twentieth and twenty-first century history of ecological restoration as an idea, practice, and scientific discipline. In addition to restoration, I have written about biodiversity conservation; wilderness and wildness; evolutionary ecology; community ecology; fieldwork; environmental modeling, monitoring, and forecasting; global environmental justice; and dismantling the sciences/humanities divide.