Institute for Environmental History
Piero di Cosimo, 'The Forest Fire' (1490), courtesy of The Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford





Dr. J F M Clark
BA (Western Ontario) MA (Toronto), DPhil (Oxon)

Director of the Institute for Environmental History and Lecturer in Modern History. Dr. Clark's teaching and research focus on 19th- and 20th-century British history, with special relevance to environment, science, and medicine. Before taking up this position, he was Wellcome Lecturer in the History of Medicine at the University of Kent, Canterbury. His publications focus on the history of natural history, comparative psychology, waste, and environmentalism. He is the author of Bugs and the Victorians (Yale, 2009), and numerous articles; and a co-author of Women and Natural History: Artists, Collectors, Patrons, Scientists (1996). He is currently completing a book on the history of environmentalism.


Prof TC Smout
FRSE, FBA, FSA (Scot), CBE, Historiographer Royal in Scotland

Professor Smout, now retired from teaching but always available for consultation, was the founder of the Institute for Environmental History. He is the author of Exploring Environmental History: Selected Essays (2009), Nature Contested: Environmental History in Scotland and Northern England since 1600 (2000), which were the Ford Lectures given at Oxford in 1999, and of the British Academy Raleigh Lecture, The Highlands and the Roots of Green Consciousness (1993). He is a co-author of A History of he Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920 (2007). He is editor or co-editor of seven books on environmental history, of which the most recent is People and Woods in Scotland: A History (2002). From 1991-1997 he was Deputy Chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), and he has also served on the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts and the Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland. He is Chairman of Scottish Coastal Archaeological and the Problem of Erosion (SCAPE) Trust, which operates from the Institute.


Tom Dawson

Tom helped to set up the Scottish Coastal Archaeological and Paleoecological Trust (SCAPE), which operates from the Institute, in 2001. He has an excavation background, and has worked as a field archaeologist in a number of different countries, including Italy, Japan, France and Sri Lanka. He has always been interested in increasing public participation in archaeology and his wide-ranging experience of the different ways that archaeology is practised has helped him to appreciate the numerous and varying approaches advocated to the problems that coastal archaeology presents. Tom also runs the Shorewatch project, which is designed for people interested in the coastal archaeology of Scotland. The project brings together individuals and groups to save information about Scotland's precious archaeological sites before they are lost to erosion.


Dr Aileen Fyfe
MA MPhil PhD (Cantab.)

Aileen will be joining the staff at St Andrews in January 2011. She is currently at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Aileen's teaching and research focus upon British cultural history in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with particular emphases on science and technology, religion, the book trade and children's literature. She published a monograph on the connections between technology and instructive publishing in the mid-19th-century. The book focuses on the Edinburgh publishers W. & R. Chambers, with a particular emphasis on the ways they used new technologies of production and distribution to manage and control a business which stretched beyond Scotland to England and Ireland, and ultimately to North America. For a taster of Aileen's research interests, see the YouTube video of her recent TEDx talk on the Victorian Information Revolution.

Elinor Graham

Elinor also started out in archaeology as a volunteer and has been working for many years with the Arfordir Coastal Heritage Project in Wales for the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust. Elinor is originally from Aberdeen and has come ‘home’ to join the Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk team as a project officer.

Joanna Hambly
BA (Sheffield), MSc (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Joanna is an archaeologist with a research interest in
environmental and geoarchaeology and a professional background in the commercial and curatorial sectors. She has a track record of developing and managing projects that combine high quality archaeological research with a strong emphasis on public participation and engagement and brings this experience to her full time role with SCAPE.


Katinka Stentoft

Katinka works part-time on SCAPE projects, spending the rest of the week working as Curator of Archaeology at the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow. Hailing from Denmark, she has a strong interest in Norse archaeology, and has worked for a number of years on field work projects in the Western Isles. She maintains the SCAPE and Shorewatch websites.


John Mackay (Honorary Fellow)

John Mackay is a geologist by original training and an academic at UCL in first employment. On return to Scotland, he worked with the former Countryside Commission for Scotland for most of its existence, until it was merged with the former NCC in Scotland to create SNH. Much of this public service work was in research management and policy development, latterly being National Strategy Manager, responsible for a wide range of policy issues, including the development of legislation for national parks in Scotland and its implementation, and the access legislation of Part 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. Current research interests include the evolution of legislation for landscape protection; long-term trends in participation in open-air recreation; and the policy background to Countryside Act legislation and its implementation.


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