My research combines ecological and philosophical methods and insights to understand how we intervene responsibly in ecosystems experiencing rapid change. The change is not just environmental and ecological; it is cultural, too. For almost two decades , I have operated the Mountain Legacy Project, a long-term study of changing Canadian mountain landscapes using the world's largest systematic collection of historical survey photographs.
My teaching encompasses courses in restoration, changing natures, nature and technology and core courses in the graduate program. I encourage applications from exceptional students interested in working on interdisciplinary questions concerning restoration, historical ecology in mountain ecosystems, and emerging ecological novelty.
My previous long-term appointment was at the University of Alberta (1990-2001), and moved to the University of Victoria in 2002. From 2002 to 2010 I was Director of the School. I have held visiting and short-term appointments at the University of Groningen, University of Western Australia, University of Waterloo, Oberlin College, MIT, and the University of British Columbia. From 2001-2003 I was Chair of the Society for Ecological Restoration.
February 17, 2023--Interview in "Restoring an ancient lake from the rubble of an unfinished airport in Mexico City" by Matthew Ponsford, MIT Technology Review.
February 15, 2023--CREDTalk Video of "Emerging Landscape Novelty" lecture by Jeanine Rhemtulla and Eric Higgs
December 17, 2022--Launch of "Mountain Legacies," a Future Ecologies podcast featuring the Mountain Legacy Project.