PEI Land Use Chart, and Children Picking Potatoes, Albany c1930

Look to the Land: The People Behind the Data

Edge Effects, the excellent new blog produced by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment, recently published a short article I wrote on digital humanities and environmental history. My post, Look to the Land: Visualizing Changes in Agriculture, discusses the importance of data visualizations in the humanities, and the importance of understanding long-run trends in our agricultural…

Historical aerial photos and landscapes, Prince Edward Island

PEI’s Changing Landscapes: HGIS Research Featured on Nature’s Past

My chapter on Prince Edward Island’s changing landscapes and land use (Top-down History) was featured in the latest episode of the Nature’s Past podcast today. This was a roundtable interview with Jennifer Bonnell, Marcel Fortin, John Lutz, and me. We discussed the changing role of historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS) in academic research, and the role of…

Environment Canada weather stations, 1960. map J MacFadyen

Long-range forecasts

Originally posted on The Otter ~ La Loutre, February 3 is getting a bad reputation. If like me you grow weary of Canadian winters around this time of year, and neither the Super Bowl nor Groundhog Day predictions offered any hope yesterday, you can at least take comfort in the fact that you weren’t in Snag,…

Once a jumping off point for swimmers, this lighthouse is now 600m from the channel at St Peters Harbour PEI due to coastal accretion. Historical photos courtesy of Carol Livingstone, PEI Lighthouse Society.

Swallowed by the Sea/shore

At the start of the summer NiCHE asked for our favourite and most meaningful photos from summer research or vacation. OK I’ll bite. I’ve seen some amazing landscapes and images so far this year, being lucky (or maybe foolish) enough to have travelled from Vancouver Island, BC to Twillingate Island, Newfoundland, and spent at least…