Laura J. Martin

I am an assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Williams College. From 2015-2017 I was a HUCE Fellow in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University, where I founded the Environmental History Working Group with Joyce Chaplin.

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, Wild by Design: The Rise 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.