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 a professor of history and environmental studies in the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. Click here for his CV and 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 nearly two decades 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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Andrea WillinghamAndrea Willingham

Andrea is a second-year Master’s candidate (advised by Mark Carey and Torsten Kjellstrand) 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 senior undergraduate student at the University of Oregon and Clark Honors College studying environmental 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. Augustine is interested in modern environmental history, particularly of the Pacific Northwest and American West. With the HURF, he is currently analyzing the history of public perceptions of fire management in the Northwest, and the ways in which environmental narratives around fire have been developed. 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.
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becca_marshallBecca Marshall

Becca is a senior undergraduate student 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 Mark 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 third-year PhD student (co-advised by Marsha Weisiger and Mark Carey) 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. She 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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Holly Moulton

Holly is a first-year PhD student in Environmental Sciences, Studies and Policy at the University of Oregon (advised by Mark Carey), focusing on the effects of climate change induced glacier melt on conflicting uses of water and contested water rights in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca. Holly recently completed a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies at Stanford University, where she studied the ecological and social effects of climate change and water scarcity in the Andes. She received her BA in Government and International Relations from Cornell University in 2011, and taught 3rd grade bilingual education for Teach for America immediately following graduation. After Teach for America, Holly worked in healthcare consulting and grant writing in Colorado, cultivating an enduring interest in the particular challenges that mountain communities face. Holly spent the summer of 2017 on a collaborative project with the University of Zurich, Switzerland, researching social conflicts related to climate change adaptation measures at three glacial lakes in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca, as well as participating in a training course regarding integrated management of water resources in high mountain systems.
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oliviamoldenOlivia Molden

Olivia is a doctoral student (advised by Katie Meehan) 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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Lab Alumni

  • Alessandro Antonello, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Hannah Fuller, Research Associate, Opus Search Partners
  • M Jackson, National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer
  • Lincoln James, undergraduate student, Clark Honors College
  • Josie Kinney, world traveler
  • Sean Munger, CentricLaw, Climate Change Legal Consultant, Portland, OR
  • Jaclyn Rushing, graduate student, Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University