Introducing Lakehead’s new Fulbright Canada Research Chair

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Dr. Nancy Langston is Distinguished Professor of Environmental History at Michigan Technological University. She will serve as Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Solutions at Lakehead University.

Her most recent book, Sustaining Lake Superior (Yale University Press, 2017), examines the environmental history of climate change, industrial development, and toxics in the Lake Superior basin. Since July 2013, Dr. Langston has been a professor at Michigan Technological University. During 2012-2013, she was the King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor of Environmental Science at Umeå University in Sweden. She served as professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 17 years.

She has written four books, 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, and popular journalism. Former President of the American Society for Environmental History, Dr. Langston has raised over $750,000 in competitive external funding, and she has won awards from the Marshall Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the American Society for Environmental History, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Council for Learned Societies.

Dr. Langston's research at Lakehead University will examine the restoration of woodland caribou and common loons in the north. Although both species have been the focus of conservation and restoration efforts for decades, they remain at risk in northern landscapes. What can we learn from past efforts at recovery, and what new strategies need to be adopted to sustain populations of migratory species in the Anthropocene? Sustainable management of migratory species requires integrative, multidisciplinary research that examines the history of policy and restoration efforts.

Dr. Langston’s first seminar, free and open to the public, will launch the Natural Resources Management seminar series, Monday, Jan. 27 in AT 5036 (Thunder Bay) and OA 2005 (Orillia), called Mongolia's reindeer herders: Conservation in a Changing Climate (see poster below). 


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