People

Mark Carey Alessandro Antonello Andrea Willingham Augustine Beard Becca Marshall
Hayley Brazier Josie Kinney M Jackson Olivia Molden Sean Munger

Mark Carey

Mark specializes in environmental history and the history of science. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Davis, and held a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Geography department at the University of California, Berkeley. Mark is currently an associate professor of history and environmental studies in the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. Click here for his faculty webpage .

Mark’s research has focused on several topics: climate change, glacier-society interactions, natural disasters, mountaineering, water, and health/medicine. His goal is to understand dynamic interactions among people, knowledge systems, environmental perceptions, and natural processes.  Carey’s interdisciplinary research links many fields — from history and geography to glaciology and climatology, medicine and recreation.

His research is currently funded by a major five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant on “Glaciers and Glaciology: How Nature, Field Research, and Societal Forces Shape the Earth Sciences.” This project examines the global history of human-glacier interactions, from the Alps and Andes to Greenland and Antarctica. He is also working on a new collaborative NSF grant on The Impact of Oceanic Forcing on the Melting of West Antarctic Peninsula Glaciers.” Mark’s research has for well over a decade also focused on Peru’s Cordillera Blanca mountain range to analyze the societal effects of glacier retreat.  Additionally, he has published on Andean mountaineering history, historical climate perceptions in the Caribbean, climate therapy and health resorts in the Andes, and conservation and indigenous people’s land use in Nicaragua.
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Alessandro AntonelloAlessandro Antonello

Alessandro was a postdoctoral fellow in the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon, and he remains an honorary member of the Glacier Lab despite his new position at the University of Melbourne. He works in the fields of environmental history, international history and the history of science. His current research investigates two aspects of the history of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean since 1945. First, he is investigating the development of the contemporary international regime of environmental management and protection governing the region and its associated science and politics. Secondly, he is researching the history of ice and glaciology in Antarctica, looking into the development of ideas about the Antarctic ice sheet in the second half of the twentieth century both scientifically within glaciology as well as more broadly within culture, politics and diplomacy. His work has been published in the Australian Journal of Politics and History, The Polar Journal, Progress in Human Geography, as well as several edited book collections.

Alessandro received his PhD in 2014 from the School of History, Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University in Canberra. It was also at ANU that he completed his undergraduate degree in history as well as a graduate degree in museum studies and curatorship.
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Andrea WillinghamAndrea Willingham

Andrea is a second-year Master’s candidate in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Oregon. With concentrations in media and geography, she is studying the role of environmental communication in Alaska related to climate change.  After receiving her BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology in 2012 from Eckerd College, Andrea spent 4 summers and a winter working for the National Park Service in Alaska as a multimedia intern and then park ranger, where she fell in love with the sub-Arctic. For her Master’s research, Andrea is studying the interface between Western science, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and climate change in southeast Alaska through documentary film, interactive mapping, and multimedia storytelling.
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Augustine Beard

Augustine is a junior undergraduate at the University of Oregon and Clark Honors College studying history with a minor in math. He began working as a research assistant to Mark Carey in the summer of 2015, and joined the glacier lab that fall. In the winter of 2016, he was accepted into the Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship (HURF) to conduct independent history research. After graduating, Augustine plans to go on to graduate school to continue studying history. In addition to his studies, Augustine is involved in environmental and social activism with the Radical Organizing Activist Resource Center and the Student Insurgent magazine. When he gets the chance to leave the Eugene area, he loves camping, hiking, and rock climbing around the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Augustine is interested in modern environmental history, particularly of the Pacific Northwest and American West. With the HURF, he is currently looking at the history of the public perceptions of fire management in the Northwest, and the ways in which environmental narratives around fire have been developed. Augustine hopes to continue independent research throughout his undergraduate career.
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becca_marshallBecca Marshall

Becca is a third year undergraduate in the Robert D. Clark Honors College studying environmental studies with a focus on social justice and food security. Becca was a research assistant for Professor Carey during the summer of 2016, researching the interface between glacier-dependent countries and virtual water, and glacier hazards in both historical and contemporary time. Other research Becca has done consists of an independent study project in Tanzania in spring 2016 — analyzing the role of an agricultural extension officer, and currently, she is researching food security on a Native American reservation. Additionally, Becca works at community and school gardens – volunteering and interning, and enjoys writing, biking, and exploring the outdoors. Her future goals include going to law school for environmental law.
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Hayley BrazierHayley Brazier

Hayley is a second-year PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Oregon, studying nineteenth and twentieth century Environmental History.  Hayley is interested in the history of water law and water agreements in the context of modern environmental problems. Her advisers at the University of Oregon are Marsha Weisiger and Mark Carey.  Hayley received her MA from Colorado State University in 2013 and her BA from the University of Kansas in 2010. Between 2012 and 2015, she wrote a book-length history of a Colorado mutual ditch company while working at the Public Lands History Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. While her recent research has been in environmental history, Hayley has also has a background in the public history field, including museum studies and historic preservation.
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KinneyJosie Kinney

Josie is an undergraduate senior at the University of Oregon and Clark Honors College, majoring in Environmental Studies and Spanish. During the summer of 2016 she worked as a research assistant with Mark Carey to examine glacier protection laws in Chile and Argentina. She is now pursuing a thesis that examines the relationship between climate change, society, and glaciers in the Andes of Peru. Upon graduation, Josie plans to attend graduate school for sustainable urban design, ideally at the University of Aalto in Helsinki, Finland. With her free time, she loves to get outdoors and go skiing, camping, or hiking.
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Jackson_BD_2016M Jackson

M Jackson is a doctoral candidate in Geography at the University of Oregon researching society-glacier relationships in the Arctic. Jackson is the recipient of a 2015-2016 Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research Fellowship to Iceland. Jackson has authored multiple articles in academic journals; presented research nationally and internationally, and written the book While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change. Jackson has worked for over seven years for the National Geographic Society, leading expeditions in the Arctic and teaching glaciology, climate change, and environmental sciences. From September 2011-June 2012, as a U.S. Fulbright Fellow, Jackson taught at Öndöküz Mayis Üniveritesi in Turkey and investigated glaciers in the Kaçkar Mountains. Jackson holds a Masters of Science from the University of Montana, where she researched glacier loss and climate change in Alaska. Prior to her graduate work, she served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia and worked for several years as a volunteer medic, firefighter, and search and rescuer in Southeast Alaska.
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oliviamoldenOlivia Molden

Olivia is a doctoral student in the Geography Department at the University of Oregon studying water security in the Himalayas. Olivia grew up in South Asia and after graduating from the Overseas School of Colombo moved to the United States to attend Whitman College where she majored in Environmental Sociology. She obtained an M.A. in Geography at the University of Oregon after conducting her thesis research on the use and management of Kathmandu’s ancient stone spout (hiti or dhunge dhara) system. Olivia’s current work brings together science and technology studies, political ecology, and participatory mapping to understand the cultural dimensions of water, expertise, and technology.
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Sean MungerSean Munger

Sean Munger is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Oregon Department of History, specializing in the environmental history of the U.S. Early Republic era. He is nearing completion of his dissertation, Ten Years of Winter: The Cold Decade and Environmental Consciousness in the Early 19th Century, which focuses on reactions to an episode of rapid global climate change that occurred between 1810 and 1820. His work has been supported by the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Huntington Library and the University of Oregon. At UO he has taught courses on the role of climate change in world history. Before turning to academia, Sean was a practicing attorney in Portland, Oregon. He has an M.A. from University of Oregon, J.D. from Tulane University and B.A. from the University of New Mexico. He is also a novelist and blogger.
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Lab Alumni

  • Hannah Fuller, Research Associate, Opus Search Partners
  • Lincoln James, undergraduate student, Clark Honors College
  • Jaclyn Rushing, graduate student, Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University